Ravens turn their attention to Manning, Broncos
Everywhere Cary Williams goes, and everything he reads and hears, is about the greatness of Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.
The Ravens, who lost to them 34-17 last month, are going to Mile High for a divisional playoff game as a 10-point underdog Saturday (CBS, 4:30 p.m. ET).
Williams, who is in his first season as a starting cornerback and has taken on an even larger role with a season-ending knee injury to Lardarius Webb in Week 6, has had enough.
“I love being the underdog. I actually feed off of that,” Williams said. “So I’m glad how people talking about how great Peyton Manning is, how great they are. … People counting us out. We like that.”
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco had two first-half turnovers that resulted into 10 points for the Broncos as they trailed 17-0 at halftime. After getting on the board with a field goal to start the third quarter, Williams fell for a stop-and-go move by receiver Eric Decker as Manning threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to put the game out of reach.
It was a modest day for Manning, who finished with 204 yards passing as he checked to run plays. The Broncos rushed the ball 45 times for 163 total yards, led by Knowshon Moreno with 115 yards on 21 carries. Manning passed just 28.
Playing Manning presents unique challenges because of the way he runs the no-huddle offense and audibles at the line of scrimmage. The Ravens will have linebackers Ray Lewis and Dannell Ellerbe, and safety Bernard Pollard for the rematch. All three missed the first meeting because of injuries.
“We need to go out there and smash people in the face and come out on top and play just as hard as we can for 60 minutes and finish every play,” he said. “This week is a different mind-set.
“I’m tired of talking to the media, straight up. I love y’all but there’s only so much can be said. We got to go out and play. … You can say I got a chip on my shoulder. Yeah.”