Let the crowing (yes, pun intended) begin for the paper champions...
Solid defense, anchored by a future Hall of Fame linebacker.
Elite starting quarterback, according to John Clayton's QB rankings.
Two veteran star wideouts (T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Anquan Boldin) added to an offense that includes one of the NFL's top young RBs (Ray Rice) and averaged 24.3 points and ranked 13th in the league in 2009.
Check, check and check.
So what's not to like about the Baltimore Ravens, who last appeared in a Super Bowl 10 seasons ago? (Overlook those small issues with the secondary please.)
With eight votes, the Ravens are slightly favored by our 25-person Pigskin Panel to win it all in Arlington, Texas, on Feb. 6, 2011. The Indianapolis Colts, with seven votes, came in second and the Green Bay Packers, with five votes, finished third. With one vote, the defending champion New Orleans Saints didn't get much love.
To quote Doc Holiday in "Tombstone"..."there's just something about him...something around the eyes, I don't know, reminds me of... me. No. I'm sure of it, I hate him.