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Thursday, November 11, 2010
Take your pick recap: Ravens vs. Falcons

By James Walker
ESPN.com

Our latest "Take your pick" involves Thursday night's big matchup between the Baltimore Ravens (6-2) and Atlanta Falcons (6-2). This is the first Thursday game of the season, and it should be a great one.

Who will win this battle? Here are responses from our division inbox and AFC North Twitter:

Cooper from Baltimore writes: A homer pick, but I'm taking the Ravens. Ravens must continue the pass rush we saw Sunday and force a couple turnovers on defense to win. Both teams have a potent offense, but here's the difference: Atlanta overall 21st defensively, Ravens 9th.

Alex from MD writes: Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan have almost identical numbers since coming into the league. But I believe Flacco will prove at this point in their careers he is the better QB by going to Atlanta on a short week and beating a good Falcons team. Let's say Ravens, 27-13.

Diz17 via Twitter writes: The NFC is soft. A 6-2 record in the NFC isn't the same as 6-2 in AFC. Ravens will show the Falcons how the AFC rolls.

The_Mikebennett via Twitter writes: Falcons need a quality win and Matt Ryan and Roddy White will expose Ravens' secondary. Falcons have top-five rush D to keep Ray Rice in the gate.

Lastadamvb via Twitter writes: Um, Falcons and Matty Ice don't lose at home. Ravens come up short.

Agent45 via Twitter writes: If Falcons special teams show up with their heads on straight, Falcons improve on Ryan's 17-1 record in the GA Dome, 24-17.

BaltimoreBoy via Twitter writes: Ravens. If we can beat Pitt at Heinz field and at the Jets, plus the last game at Texas Stadium, we can win anywhere!

Kevin Blackwell from New York writes: I like Atlanta to win at home!

Brandon Crawford from Sykesville, Md., writes: This game will be decided by a touchdown or less, but in the end the Ravens will win. You can argue that the Ravens are the most consistent team in football right now. But what's scary is that this team is improving every week and are getting stronger as the year rolls on.

Dominique from Baltimore writes: Honestly, since I lived in both cities and call them both my hometowns, I could say the Ravens D don't step up and stop Michael Turner, they could be in trouble. If Flacco gets time and hits Rice out the backfield, like the Miami game, then the Ravens have an big edge. But in the battle of my hometowns, I'll take the Ravens in a squeaker, 24-21.

AFC North final say

James Walker: This should be one of the best games of Week 10. Coming off a solid weekend of predictions, the AFC North blog will pick this game and others in the division next.