- 08/20/2010, 12:00PM ET
Sportcraze said 08/20, 12:00 PM
I believe that the Raven will make it to the Superbowl this year.
First lets start with their offence, they have one of the most explosive offences in the NFL. With the addition of Anquan Boldin, their passing game has one more target, along with Desmond Mason, Donte Stallworth and Marcus Clayton. Also, Joe Flacco is emerging as one of the best quarterbacks in the AFC. Also, their running game is the most dynamic in the NFL. Ray Rice is one of the premier backs in the NFL and Willis McGahee is great in short yardage situations. They had the 5th best running game in the NFL last year!
Their defense is just as impressive as their offence. It finished 3rd in the NFL last season and there is no reason to believe it will not be improving. Ray Lewis is still a great linebacker and Ed Reed is an amazing safety.
The biggest reason they will make it to the Superbowl is because of the lack of talent in the AFC. The only teams which may challenge them are the Patriots and Colts, and both of them have a lot of holes in their defense which the Ravens can expose. The Jets may be a contender but their offense just isn't good enough to contend with elite defenses.
DJRoxalot said 08/20, 01:44 PM
The Super Bowl was already played THIS YEAR on Feb 7th, 2010. New Orleans Saints beat the Indianapolis Colts, 31-17.
"First lets start with their offence, they have one of the most explosive offences in the NFL."
That is up for debate.
The Ravens were 13th in total ypg last year.
18th in passing ypg
They are not even the best team in the AFC North, the Bengals are. The Bengals improved a lackluster offense by going out and getting Antonio Bryant and TO. With Chad, they form one of the better WR trios in the NFL. Not to mention the drafting of TE Jermaine Gresham who will give Carson Palmer another offensive option.
"Their defense is just as impressive as their offence. It finished 3rd in the NFL last season and there is no reason to believe it will not be improving."
Sure, there is.
Ray Lewis is aging.
Ed Reed was considering retirement this past offseason.
So there is the question if his heart is really into playing FOOTBALL anymore.
The Ravens will NOT make it to the Super Bowl NEXT YEAR.
Sportcraze said 08/20, 06:45 PM
The Ravens were 13th last year in offense, and there is no where for them to go but up. They lost barely any starters from last year and of course the Boldin addition will help their passing game.
And about TO, everyone needs to stop pretending like he's amazing. He had 5 touchdowns last season and only 55 receptions! He was a really good player but he's getting older. Also, the Bengals offense last year was 24th!
Also,Reed was going to retire because of health concerns! It has nothing to do with his heart. He still loves football.
And even if Lewis is getting older, he is still a big force on defense.
Finally, last year Carson Palmer had career lows in both yards and touchdowns, I dont think Terrell Owens will dramatically change those numbers
DJRoxalot said 08/20, 07:38 PM
"They lost barely any starters from last year and of course the Boldin addition will help their passing game."
On paper it looks great.
But Derrick Mason has always been the "Go to WR" on a team he has played on. How will Mason react? Mason may not be Larry Fitzgerald but Boldin will be sharing opportunities with Mason.
How will Boldin react to that?
"And about TO, everyone needs to stop pretending like he's amazing. He had 5 touchdowns last season and only 55 receptions."
Do you FOLLOW football????
Ryan Fitzpatrick and Trent Edwards were throwing TO the BALL last year in BUFFALO.
Fitzpatrick, 55.9%, 129.5ypg, 6.3ypa, 9 TD's to 10 INT's
Edwards, 60.1%, 128.8ypg, 6.4ypa, 6 TD's to 7 INT's
Fact: Palmer is a lot BETTER than both those QB's. 60.5%, 180.1ypg, 6.6ypa, 21 TD's to 13 INT's
In 2008 Fitzpatrick (59.4%, 146.5ypg, 5.1ypa, 8 TD's to 9 INT's) played for the Bengals and Chad only had 53 catches for 540 yards.
But last year? With Palmer back from an injury?
72 catches for 1,047 yards (14.5avg) with 9 TD's
See the difference? Very simple. Palmer is a much BETTER QB than
Who is Desmond Mason? He used to be an NBA player, I do believe.
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