2. Pound the football behind Jamal Lewis.
Yes, there are some regrets being expressed inside and outside of the organization that Lewis wasn't used even more often against the Dolphins. He rushed 26 times for 88 yards, but didn't get the football in critical situations where Wright threw interceptions. Lewis has a total of two fumbles over the last two games, but is on pace to rush for 1,990 yards with 1,244 yards and seven touchdowns in 10 games. This might be a prime opportunity for Lewis to reassert himself. Seattle is without tackles Norman Hand and Chad Eaton. Linebackers Chad Brown and Anthony Simmons are quick gap-shooters. However, Baltimore's massive offensive line can push this front seven around. Lewis wants the football badly and tends to excel at home. He has a 5.6 yards per carry at home with a 4.8 average on the road. His offensive total of 1,372 yards represents 47 percent of the Ravens' output of 2,918 yards. He has touched the ball on 42.9 percent (256) of the Ravens' 596 offensive plays. It's imperative that the burly runner be involved enough to get reliable kicker Matt Stover in field-goal range.
3. Tackle Shaun Alexander.
The Seahawks' elusive running back has scooted for 835 yards and eight touchdowns. He has 32 receptions out of the backfield for two scores and qualifies as a dangerous threat wherever he operates. Alexander has to be shadowed well by the Ravens' linebackers and perennial All- Pro Ray Lewis takes these challenges personally. The Ravens' third-ranked defense allows only 98 rushing yards a game and 3.5 yards per carry to rank eight in the NFL against the run. Seattle has a tendency to run to the left side, where it features a stellar tackle-guard tandem in Walter Jones and Steve Hutchinson.
4. Contain Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.
Hasselbeck is a solid quarterback with 2,222 yards, 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions for an 87.4 rating. He has a wealth of targets to choose from with Darrell Jackson (38 catches, 660 yards, four touchdowns), Koren Robinson (37 catches, 530 yards and two touchdowns) and Bobby Engram (33 catches, 408 yards and three touchdowns). The way to derail a West Coast offense centered on timing routes is to disrupt that timing with a pass rush led by defensive end Tony Weaver and outside linebackers Terrell Suggs and Peter Boulware. Another method is jamming the receivers at the line of scrimmage with cornerbacks Chris McAlister and Corey Fuller.
5. Hold on to the football.
Baltimore has committed a total of 10 turnovers over the last two weeks and has a minus-5 ratio for the season to rank 14th in the AFC. Seattle is plus-6. Under Billick, the Ravens are 37-13 when they turn the ball over two or less times. Baltimore has a 5-19 mark with more than turnovers.
Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.