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hawaiiansteel
07-01-2010, 10:02 PM
the Steelers are nowhere to be found, looks like we have the underdog role this season... :tt2



Preseason soothsayers have Super Bowl faith in the Ravens

July 1, 2010



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Ray Lewis and the Ravens haven't appeared in the Super Bowl since winning the title in the 2000 season.


By Skip Wood, USA TODAY

Having prepared in the offseason for how 2010 could bring them another Super Bowl title, the first since linebacker Ray Lewis led them to the Roman-numeral promised land in the 2000 season, the Baltimore Ravens have a couple of believers among the glossy preseason magazine crowd.
Two publications —Lindy's and Athlon— have picked them to win it all. The other four —Beckett, Pro Football Weekly/Yahoo!, Sporting News and USA TODAY — all picked four different teams to bring home the Lombardi Trophy.

And none of the six has either of last season's Super participants, the triumphant New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts, winning the ultimate crown.

To Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, whose team added weapons such as receiver Anquan Boldin, the buzz about his team is justifiable.

"We believe that we have the team to do it," he says. "We've believed that the last couple years."

POWER RANKINGS: Ravens get top-3 ranking in offseason ratings
ED REED: Safety says he will play another year for Ravens
Here's a rundown of what each publication projectsfor the season, including division winners and wild cards:

•Athlon— AFC East: New York Jets; AFC North: Ravens; AFC South: Colts; AFC West: San Diego Chargers; wild cards: Miami Dolphins and Houston Texans. NFC East: Dallas Cowboys; NFC North: Minnesota Vikings; NFC South: Saints; NFC West: San Francisco 49ers; wild cards: Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers.

Super Bowl: Ravens over Vikings.

•Beckett— AFC East: Jets; AFC North: Ravens; AFC South: Colts; AFC West: Chargers; wild cards: New England Patriots and Texans. NFC East: Cowboys; NFC North: Vikings; NFC South: Saints; NFC West: 49ers; wild cards: Arizona Cardinals and Falcons.

Super Bowl: Cowboys over Jets.

•Lindy's— AFC East: Jets; AFC North: Ravens; AFC South: Colts; AFC West: Chargers; wild cards: Patriots and Texans. NFC East: Philadelphia Eagles; NFC North: Vikings; NFC South: Saints; NFC West: 49ers; wild cards: Cowboys and Packers.

Super Bowl: Ravens over Cowboys.

•Pro Football Weekly/Yahoo!— AFC East: Jets; AFC North: Ravens; AFC South: Colts; AFC West: Chargers; wild cards: Patriots and Texans. NFC East: Cowboys; NFC North: Packers; NFC South: Falcons; NFC West: 49ers; wild cards: Vikings and Saints.

Super Bowl: Packers over Colts.

•Sporting News— AFC East: Jets; AFC North: Ravens; AFC South: Colts; AFC West: Chargers; wild cards: Tennessee Titans and Patriots. NFC East: Cowboys; NFC North: Vikings; NFC South: Falcons; NFC West: 49ers; wild cards: Saints and Packers.

Super Bowl: Jets over Cowboys.

•USA TODAY— AFC East: Patriots; AFC North: Ravens; AFC South: Colts; AFC West: Chargers; wild cards: Jets and Cincinnati Bengals. NFC East: Cowboys; NFC North: Vikings; NFC South: Saints; NFC West: Cardinals; wild cards: Chicago Bears and Packers.

Super Bowl: Vikings over Colts.

hawaiiansteel
07-02-2010, 02:46 AM
Reed injury drops Ravens' D to No. 2 in AFC North


by Matt Vinson
July 1, 2010


I expected to get citywide praise for anointing the Ravens as the AFC North’s top offense entering 2010, though it was an obvious decision.

Instead, I got hammered by Cincy fans who were pissed I ranked their Bengals squad third. Oh well.

Today, I focus on the other side of the ball, a tricky task in this defense-oriented division. In 2009, the Ravens, Bengals and Steelers finished third, fourth and fifth in total defense, respectively. The three teams were separated by fewer than five yards a game. How will they shake out in 2010?

http://thecityofchampions.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/james-harrison1.jpg

No.1 Pittsburgh Steelers: Bookended by James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley, the relentless Steelers terrorize quarterbacks with the best of them. And they’ll be stout against the run again thanks to Aaron Smith’s return to the lineup. Troy Polamalu is the X-factor.

The Pro-Bowl safety, a human eraser just like Ed Reed in Baltimore, is looking to bounce back from an injury-riddled 2009. With Polamalu playing in only five games, the Steelers’ secondary was their Achilles’ heel.

If he can stay healthy, the Steelers defense will be elite again. If not, it will be another long season in the Steel City.

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No. 2 Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens would have topped the list if not for Reed’s injury issues. :ratsuck

The All-Pro free safety recently said he’s “35 percent” healthy after offseason hip surgery, and it’s unclear if he’ll be ready to go by Week 1. Reed’s potential replacements are adequate, but none can cover up weaknesses like him — and Baltimore has a concerning number of them.

Aging icon Ray Lewis can still stone the run, but he has become almost statuesque in pass coverage. Terrell Suggs skipped most of the OTAs — leading many male fans to reluctantly wonder what Suggs looks like with his shirt off.

A year ago, a sluggish pass rush made things tough for the secondary. Now, with two of the Ravens’ top three corners rehabbing major knee injuries, there is added pressure on Suggs, rookie Sergio Kindle and Co. to chase down QBs.

I’ve learned to never count out this defense, so I’m already Googling recipes for crow in case they prove me wrong.

No. 3 Cincinnati Bengals: Sorry, Cincinnati. I’m sure me saying the Bengals can still be a top-10 defense won’t absolve me of more criticism. Oh well. :bungalssuck

There’s plenty to like about the Bengals. Coordinator Mike Zimmer did wonders with this unit. Leon Hall and Johnathan Joseph are one heck of a cornerback tandem. I like the physicality of Domata Peko and Ray Maualuga.

The Bengals finally have a tough defense to play against.

The Steelers and Ravens are simply tougher — not to mention more talented, experienced and complete.

No. 4 Cleveland Browns: The rebuilding Browns are clearly dead-last, but there are some signs of life. :brownssuck

They bolstered a budding secondary with rookie corner Joe Haden and veteran Sheldon Brown. They brought in linebacker Scott Fujita from the Super Bowl champs. And they smartly hung on to beefy nose tackle Shaun Rogers.

Will the Browns be good? Of course not. But they will be better, and that’s all they can really hope for.

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/ente...ops_raven.html

Crash
07-02-2010, 02:49 AM
Did they cut Flacco?

No?

Then they won't win it.

stlrz d
07-02-2010, 07:44 AM
Did they cut Flacco?

No?

Then they won't win it.

:lol:

Jooser
07-02-2010, 10:46 AM
:ratsuck

Sugar
07-02-2010, 12:36 PM
Did they cut Flacco?

No?

Then they won't win it.

No, but they gave him an additional weapon in Boldin and a multiple Pro-Bowl QB backup as a mentor.

cruzer8
07-02-2010, 01:26 PM
Did they cut Flacco?

No?

Then they won't win it.

No, but they gave him an additional weapon in Boldin and a multiple Pro-Bowl QB backup as a mentor.

Boldin isn't going to improve Flacco's inaccuracy over the middle. :D

Crash
07-02-2010, 02:32 PM
Did they cut Flacco?

No?

Then they won't win it.

No, but they gave him an additional weapon in Boldin and a multiple Pro-Bowl QB backup as a mentor.

So he'll miss Boldin like the others and Bulger can be the next one who tells him he sucks against good teams.

Jooser
07-02-2010, 03:01 PM
Boldin is injury prone. He's also a "me" kinda guy. Look for him to get off to a great start and all the "soothsayers" will be saying "ah, we told you", but he'll fizzle down the stretch and fade to obscurity. The AFC North is a much more physical place to play than that joke of a division he came from.

Bert Flacco still sucks!
:ratsuck

Oviedo
07-02-2010, 03:23 PM
ESPN falls all over themselves praising and worshiping the Ratbirds because Mel Kiper is a Baltimore homer. Everything he says about anything they do is positive and the rest of the staff at ESPN just picks up the storyline.

I figure Boldin will be injured by the 4th game so I'm not too worried.

RuthlessBurgher
07-02-2010, 04:24 PM
ESPN falls all over themselves praising and worshiping the Ratbirds because Mel Kiper is a Baltimore homer. Everything he says about anything they do is positive and the rest of the staff at ESPN just picks up the storyline.

I figure Boldin will be injured by the 4th game so I'm not too worried.

Rumor has it that the Ravens will play a hard-hitting defense in week 4. :tt2 :Steel :tt1

http://www.steelersdepot.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/masonhit.jpg

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/images/200711/20071106pd_steelers1105d_500.jpg

http://5goldenrings.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/james-harrison-sticks-it-to-ed-reed.jpg

http://steelerstoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/ryan-clark2.jpg

hawaiiansteel
07-02-2010, 05:07 PM
ESPN falls all over themselves praising and worshiping the Ratbirds because Mel Kiper is a Baltimore homer. Everything he says about anything they do is positive and the rest of the staff at ESPN just picks up the storyline.

I figure Boldin will be injured by the 4th game so I'm not too worried.

Rumor has it that the Ravens will play a hard-hitting defense in week 4. :tt2 :Steel :tt1

http://www.steelersdepot.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/masonhit.jpg

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/images/200711/20071106pd_steelers1105d_500.jpg

http://5goldenrings.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/james-harrison-sticks-it-to-ed-reed.jpg

http://steelerstoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/ryan-clark2.jpg


and our hard-hitting special teams...this may have been Limas Sweed's best moment as a Steeler.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Y-DbBvf7R5Y/SXUWqGW8rQI/AAAAAAAAU34/FdTBLQ8FtJY/s400/corey-ivy-limas-sweed.jpg

RuthlessBurgher
07-02-2010, 07:44 PM
and our hard-hitting special teams...this may have been Limas Sweed's best moment as a Steeler.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Y-DbBvf7R5Y/SXUWqGW8rQI/AAAAAAAAU34/FdTBLQ8FtJY/s400/corey-ivy-limas-sweed.jpg

Actually, that was on offense, not special teams. Ben passed to Heath and Sweed laid out Corey Ivy (who would later become a Steeler...played only one game with us though...signed on 11/24/09 and released 12/2/09) with a crushing block.

[youtube:ql96jqmy]h1fbkEOQwoc[/youtube:ql96jqmy]

DkBlue
07-02-2010, 09:15 PM
One receiver is not going to teach Flacco to read the field and exploit a defense.

hawaiiansteel
07-03-2010, 02:17 AM
and our hard-hitting special teams...this may have been Limas Sweed's best moment as a Steeler.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Y-DbBvf7R5Y/SXUWqGW8rQI/AAAAAAAAU34/FdTBLQ8FtJY/s400/corey-ivy-limas-sweed.jpg

Actually, that was on offense, not special teams. Ben passed to Heath and Sweed laid out Corey Ivy (who would later become a Steeler...played only one game with us though...signed on 11/24/09 and released 12/2/09) with a crushing block.

[youtube:34dfwjq4]h1fbkEOQwoc[/youtube:34dfwjq4]


thank you Ruthless, i had never seen the actual footage of Limas' block on Ivy before... :Cheers

feltdizz
07-03-2010, 12:20 PM
Umm... How could you never see the actual footage of Sweed's one shining moment? The guy drops everything, thank goodness it was a Raven instead of the football on this play.

You really never saw the footage of that play on the internets?

hawaiiansteel
07-05-2010, 07:44 PM
all i can say is...


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