NFL Week 14 Game Preview: Detroit Lions (2-10) @ Baltimore Ravens (6-6)

It’s time to take a look at some quick trends/notes going into this afternoon’s matchup

-Slow starts have been tough on the Ravens this season. When they are trailing after 3 quarters, they are 0-6. They appeared to be on track for a serious comeback last Monday at Green Bay, but never tied or took the lead. Being down 17-0 at halftime certainly hurts a team’s chances of winning.

-The injury report is pretty full today. As of 10:50 this morning, Mark Clayton (hamstring) has been ruled out of today’s contest. Look for more passes in the direction of Kelley Washington in Clayton’s absence. Ed Reed (hip) is doubtful and Terrell Suggs (knee) is questionable. I don’t expect either of them to play this afternoon. UPDATE: As of 11:41: Reed and tackle Jared Gaither (foot) are INACTIVE. Suggs is active and expected to play.

-With rookie quarterback Matt Stafford out, veteran Daunte Culpepper gets the start today for Detroit. He isn’t the player he once was in his glory days as a Viking. But he still has a great arm and is tough to bring down.

-Keep your eyes on receiver Calvin Johnson and rookie tight end Brandon Pettigrew of the Lions. These two both have a tremendous set of hands and are good at getting open. They are young, talented, and represent the future of the organization.

-Prediction: The Ravens are coming off a tough loss. Although they had a short week to prepare, I think they will be very focused today. Getting on the board early is crucial. It will allow the D to pin their ears back and go after Culpepper. Big bounce back game today. RAVENS 35 – LIONS 13.

-Thats all I have for now. Kick off is just under an hour and a half away. I will do my best to send updates from the stadium via the cell phone. Never done that before. Let’s try it today!

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