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Baltimore Ravens vs Seattle Seahawks: Week 14 Preview

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As has been the case a few times this year, two disappointing teams face off against each other on Sunday. Once figured to be a marquee matchup and potential Super Bowl preview, the Baltimore Ravens and Seattle Seahawks aren't where either team expected to be entering into week 14.

The Baltimore Ravens are 4-8 and spiraling out of control on the back of injuries, suspensions, more injuries, and just poor play. Seattle started off the season as one of the most disappointing teams in the league only to get hot as the year went on and currently sit at 7-5 eyeing a playoff birth.

At the quarterback position, the Ravens and Seahawks are about as polar opposites as you'll find. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has been one of the best quarterbacks in the league, while the Ravens are starting 34-year old veteran Matt Schaub due to an injury to franchise QB Joe Flacco. Schaub has back-to-back games where he has thrown multiple interceptions and more importantly, pick-sixes. Meanwhile, Wilson is tied for fourth on the most touchdowns thrown against the blitz.

Even the defenses are on opposite sides of the rankings. The Seahawks defense currently ranks third in points allowed per game with 19.1, and second in total yards with 308.2 per game. The Baltimore Ravens defense, while improving, is still far from that level. They are 19th in points per game with 24.2 and 14th in total yards per game with 341.4. The difference could be attributed to the injuries the Ravens have seen this season, but that doesn't mean much come Sunday when the final score is tallied up.

However, for as far apart as these teams appear to be, the Ravens have hope. Every single game they have played this season has come down to a single score difference. Having played some of the best teams in the league in the Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals, and Cincinnati Bengals; the Ravens have yet to be blown out in any game, with most coming down to a final drive. Even though fans are expecting the Ravens first terrible loss of the season, history has it looking like a true fight until the end.

With the Ravens looking like they are out of contention for the post season, the question has been asked on if the team is looking forward to playing spoilers in the final four games. Against the Seahawks, Baltimore will get it's first true chance to do exactly that as a win would make it a lot harder for Seattle to get into the wild card spot they are battling for.

It’s all about our team. We don’t really get too involved in that kind of thinking – never have. I don’t think that’s much of a motivator for anybody. I don’t think anybody thinks our guys aren’t going to play. When you watch our guys play – I’ve said this before, and I told them this in the locker room – I couldn’t be more proud of them. You can talk about outcomes – and that’s the bottom line, no doubt about it – but in terms of doing everything possible to try to win a football game, in terms of heart, courage, toughness, playing hard, running to the ball on both sides of the ball, being physical, doing all the things that make you proud as a coach – they’re doing that. I couldn’t be more proud of them. I’m proud of the firemen [who help in the operations department]. I’m proud of the trainers. I’m proud of the equipment guys. I’m proud of the coaches. I’m proud of the general manager, the scouts. I’m proud of everybody. I’m proud of the team president, because everybody is handling a very difficult season without blinking, without backing up one inch, and [they are] charging into next week. That’s what we’re going to continue to do for the next four weeks. Miracles do happen in terms of outcomes, but I don’t care about any of that other than the fact that we’re going to go out there and win a football game this week. That’s what we plan on doing, that’s what we’re going to prepare to do, and that’s what we are going to do. It’s not going to change. It’s the same thing I said Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, right on through, because that’s the kind of men we have in this program. I don’t know what else you can say besides that, because that’s a fact

And he's right. This team, despite their record, has yet to give up. They have fought in every play and are rebounding majorly in the second half of this season. It'll be a tough game going up against a team on a hot streak, but if what we've seen this season can be any indication, you can't write off this Ravens team quite yet.