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Time For A Purple Out

Written by: Peter Coolbaugh

As we enter Week 13 of the NFL, the Ravens sit with an impressive 8-3 record and tied for the AFC North Division lead. Technically we are ahead due to a win over Pittsburgh back on October 3, so this Sunday night's match up on NBC has more at stake than just two rivals squaring off for the second time this season.

Of the three losses thus far this year, only one was legit. Choking to the Bungles is practically unforgivable and New England probably cheated just like they have done for years under Bill Belicheat. Only Atlanta, who staged a stupendous comeback in the final minute against the Ravens defense really deserved the win. They are red hot and a great team especially when playing at their dome in Georgia.

So after eeking out a victory last weekend against Tampa Bay, the Ravens - even with all their injuries - have to make a stand against Pittsburgh this Sunday night. Pride, playoff positioning, and bragging rights are all at stake here as these two running and defensive teams face off for the final time in 2010.

From what I have seen from the Ravens as of late, I am cautiously optimistic. Our defense is not feared these days, and we don't cause nearly as many turnovers as we used to in our heyday. Offensively, Ray Rice struggles due in large part to an ineffective line in front of him. Winning on Sunday will not be easy but if the mistakes are minimal to non-existent, it could be a well earned W.

Incluind this Steelers contest, 3 of the final 5 games are at home with the only away games being those at Cleveland and Houston. I myself, fearing that there will be a lockout next year and since I have not gone to a game in over 2 seasons, am going to see the Bengals when they come here in January. It should be a third straight playoff appearance for Harbaugh and the Ravens (fingers crossed) and perhaps a strong push towards Super Bowl 45.

Who knows what to expect though, right?

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