Hi guys this week I’ll be previewing the Sunday match up of the Cincinnatti Bengals at the Baltimore Ravens which is on Sky Sports 3 at 6pm.

This will probably be a defensively dominated game played by two excellent teams. The Bengals come in with a record of 6-3. The Ravens also have a 6-3 record. I personally fancy the Ravens in this game and it’s the perfect opportunity to tell you about a player on the defensive side of the ball for a change. I’ve chosen future Hall of Fame Linebacker, number 52 Ray Lewis.

When all is said and done Ray Lewis will probably go down as the greatest linebacker ever to play the game. Lewis is one of my favourite players to watch because he is a born leader. From time to time he is shown on TV trying to fire up and motivate his team before kick off. This is a sight to behold. The passion he puts into the game is unmatched by anyone in the league.

Lewis stands 6 foot 1 and weighs 18 stone. This fairly typical for a linebacker but what sets good linebackers apart from average ones is their ability to read what the opposing offenses are going to do. For most it’s a bit of a guessing game but for the good ones it becomes almost instinct. At 36, Ray Lewis is one of the oldest players in the league but he is the best example you will find of this. You will see Lewis shouting instructions at his team mates immediately before every play in anticipation of what the opposing team is going to do. He claims himself he gains more knowledge every year and his play certainly doesn’t contradict this. He is the only player in league history to have over 30 sacks and over 30 interceptions. His knowledge along with his obvious physical abilities make him much feared by any offensive player. He plays like he has a blatant disregard for his own and anyone elses health and he dishes out some vicious hits week in week out. I found a great video here to showcasing his talents.

Ray Lewis Intensity

In Sundays game look out for Lewis along with mammoth defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and with ball hawk Safety Ed Reed.

Ngata and Reed are also players who are among the best in the game in their respective positions. These three players make Baltimore a tough team to beat in any situation.