Both teams sit atop their division, though the 49ers are much more comfortable in their seat. The 49ers are on an incredible eight-game winning streak, and they have dispatched some tough opponents along the way.
The Ravens have been both impressive (beating Pittsburgh twice) and pathetic (losing to Seattle and Jacksonville) this season. Quarterback Joe Flacco has been equally fickle. He has the ability to look like Dan Marino one day and then, BOOM! Flacco performs his best impression of Rex Grossman.
The Ravens are still unsure of the availability of unquestioned leader, Ray Lewis. Lewis was forced to sit out the team's last game with a painful toe injury, and he will determine his own status come game time.
49ers star running back, Frank Gore, has also been battling injuries of his own. After sitting out most of the contest against the New York Giants, Gore wasn't explosive last week against the Arizona Cardinals, even though he did tote the rock 24 times (88 yards). The 49ers will be counting on him to return to form against the Ravens.
One of the bigger topics this week in the media is the historic Brother vs. Brother head coaching clash. Baltimore's John Harbaugh and San Francisco's Jim Harbaugh will become the first brothers to face off against one another in NFL history on Thursday Night Football.
I'm more excited to watch the action on the field. There is little debate that the Ravens and 49ers have the two best defenses in the NFL. It will be interesting to see if either offense can avoid turning the ball over.
The Ravens enter the game as three point favorites, which means the teams are even. Home teams always get three points. The battle will be epic, and I can't wait to get things started.
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