Sunday, November 7, 2010
Greetings from Baltimore
By Tim Graham
BALTIMORE -- Looks like a postcard autumn day here at M&T Stadium for the Miami Dolphins' game against the Baltimore Ravens, one of the best matchups of Week 9.
Skies are blue with only a trace of a cloud here or there, but you have to look hard. The Weather Channel forecasts a 51 degree kickoff, with a high of 55 degrees.
But you can't tell how windy a place is by looking at a postcard, and it might be tough for kicker Dan Carpenter to bail out Miami's offense like he has for the past month. Flags atop the upper deck are flapping furiously. Gusts of up to 18 mph are expected.
The Dolphins must get their offense clicking against a Ravens defense that's had their pride hurt and is coming off a bye. The Ravens let the Buffalo Bills score 34 points before winning in overtime two weeks ago. The game before that, the Ravens lost to the New England Patriots in overtime.
It will be a busy afternoon on the AFC East blog. All four teams are in action and playing outside the division with 1 p.m. kickoffs.
All of them are away from home, too. The Bills technically are playing a home game against the Chicago Bears, but the game is in Toronto. The New York Jets are in Detroit, and the Patriots are in Cleveland.
I'll handle the Rapid Reactions from Baltimore, obviously, and Toronto. ESPNNewYork.com reporter Rich Cimini will file from the Jets game. ESPNBoston.com reporter Mike Reiss will file from the Patriots game. So keep an eye out for those blog posts here on the AFC East blog, and be sure to check out their sites.