Following yesterday's late loss to Carson Palmer and the Cincinnati Bengals, I'm sensing some anxiety from Ravens fans about what the Ravens will be able to do to stop red-hot Brett Favre and Adrian Peterson in Minnesota this week. It's a fair concern, but I wouldn't get all hinky about it.
The Ravens have played very well on the road during the John Harbaugh era and I believe they'll bounce back this weekend. The Vikings are not a super team -- though they are obviously pretty good -- and there won't be a protective halo around Favre. The Ravens will flush him and then it will be a matter of whether they can force him into mistakes.
My take: This will be the week that Brett does what Brett does sometimes, throw two or three damaging picks. It's early in the week, but I'm picking the Ravens to win and I think you'll be surprised at how well the defense handles Peterson and the Minnesota running game in the wake of Cedric Benson's great afternoon yesterday at M&T Bank Stadium. It was a wakeup call and I believe Greg Mattison and the defense will wake up.