Count Out The Ravens Nevermore


In my third NFL preseason preview, I take a look at the Baltimore Ravens, a squad which has all the potential in the world but is still trying to solve the Pittsburgh Steelers.


When one investigates the Baltimore Ravens, a great place to look is the defense as Ray Lewis and Haloti Ngata remain stalwarts on a unit which has served me well whenever I draft them in my Fantasy league.


Additionally, Haruki Nakamura and Lardarius Webb remain solid defensive backs in the secondary, while Terrence Cody should only improve provided he can keep his weight "only" to 330 or so.


However, this is a quarterback's league and if the Ravens are to excel, Joe Flacco must lead the way.


The former Delaware Blue Hen is coming off a campaign wherein he tossed for 25 touchdowns against only 10 interceptions while throwing for 3,622 yards and completing 62.6 percent of his passes.


The major uncertainty for the Ravens, on an otherwise solid team is at wideout as Anquan Boldin is the only returner who has accomplished anything in the NFL although youngsters Torrey Smith (a great follow on Twitter if you're into that sort of thing), Marcus Smith and David Reed could still be solid.


At tight end, perennial Pro-Bowler Todd Heap is gone, but the Ravens have a solid duo to replace him in Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta.


While Flacco's progression is indispensable to the Ravens' success, another key component is Ray Rice, (a patriotic 1,776 scrimmage yards last season) brings another dimension to a Baltimore offense which could be explosive.


Of course, once again, defense will be the Ravens' calling card and Lewis is still poised to win a championship.


I will go out on a limb and say this is the year the Ravens finally bust through the Steel Curtain.


While everyone is content to give New England the plaudits in the AFC, remember that the Ravens will be in the mix.


I will say Baltimore finishes anywhere from 10-6 to 13-3.


In short, Charm City NFL fans have some more excitement to look forward to in 2011.

The opinions posted here are those of the administrator of this blog and his loyal readers. They are in no way official comments from the team, and should not be misconstued as such, even though he thinks he could do just as well or even a better job!

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