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You guessed it, Thursday Night Football is back, and with it comes a cross-conference game between two elite top dogs in the league this year: the Baltimore Ravens and Atlanta Falcons.
For both Mike Smith and John Harbaugh, this game has the potential to act as a real confidence-booster. On one hand, the Ravens are fresh off a Week 9 victory over the Miami Dolphins, while on the other, the Falcons find themselves atop the NFC South after a win over division rivals Tampa Bay.
But as we all know, a shortened week can do funny things to a team.
To offer one example, the Pittsburgh Steelers managed to look extremely flat this time last year against AFC North foes Cleveland, in a game that saw Steel City fall to a rather weak Dawg Pound in embarrassing fashion.
Luckily for the Falcons and Ravens, though, both sides have been stellar this year. A battle between two of the league's 6-2 teams is set to get underway in Atlanta, and even if you are unfortunate enough to witness the game, make sure you take note of the winner (chances are you'll be seeing them again in the postseason).
And what is my prediction?
It's a tough one to call. However, minor things normally mean the difference between wins and losses in these big-time games, so seeing as the Falcons do have the luxury of home-field advantage, I'll toss the Dirty Birds a bone.
If this scenario does play out, though, don't get down on the Baltimore Ravens. Already this year, John Harbaugh's crew has toppled some of the league's major competition, and as crucial as a loss would be for the Ravens, a shortened week could be to blame.
Baltimore's trip to Atlanta could arguably be labeled as the game of the week, so even if you have to DVR it, make sure you catch some of the action.