In spite of the free agency flurry that took place right before the season started, the one move that made the biggest impact to me was NOT the signing of Nnamdi Asomugha. It was Lee Evans. I predict by mid-season Evans will be a fan favorite with the nickname: "The missing link." As a Colts fan I wrote a blog on the Ravens last week at Stampede Blue and got a lot of heat about my predictions on how good the Ravens would be this year. I Rated Joe Flacco as the best QB in the league who hasn't been to a probowl yet and said that if he ever got a deep threat the Ravens would become a top two team in the league. I believe the Ravens are better than the Pats (even though ESPN annually rides Brady's jock religiously). I don't care how many yards Brady threw for against the Dolphins on MNF. The Pats still don't have a defense. For the 1st time in their existence the Ravens have a balanced team on both sides of the ball. Solid defense, and now a potentially spectacular offense. They are my AFC pick for the SB this year. Even with Manning I don't see the Colts beating the Ravens as they share the same weakness as the Pats: suspect defense.
It amazes me when I talk to some people on blogs (like Stampede Blue) who act as if they're football gurus yet can't see the forest for the trees. A lot of critics dog Flacco and have doubted that he could take the Ravens to the SB. Flacco has one of the prettiest deep balls in the game but hasn't had the chance to show it due to the lack of team speed on offense. He has that now. We saw glimpses of it in the preseason games against the Chiefs as well as the Redskins. The Ravens already have a potent run game which will only get better due to the addition of Brian Mckinney on the line and Lee Evans posing a deep threat on the outside to compliment Anquan Boldin. Their defense is still solid as a rock. Even though I'm a Colts fan I thoroughly enjoyed watching the Ravens beat the snot out of the Steelers. They along with the Packers are the two teams I hate as much as the Pats. Thanks for making my day Ravens! You guys are going to be more fun to watch this year than the Colts for sure.