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Ravens hit the bye week in great position

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I wrote a quick State of the Redskins post Tuesday to look at the team during their bye week.

Now I’m thinking this idea could work for every team during their bye. (As long as I’m not too lazy to follow through with the idea.)  Next up: The 3-1 Baltimore Ravens.

Ravens are early AFC North Favorites

It’s not just the record.  It’s how they’ve won.  They took a bite out of Pittsburgh’s pride in the opener and embarrassed the Jets in Week Four. Those were beatdowns against quality teams.   Baltimore also blew the doors off the Rams.

The Ravens were humbled against an underrated Titans, but overall Baltimore has looked as good as any AFC team. Meanwhile, their rivals in Pittsburgh simply don’t look like the Steelers we’re used to.

Offensive line solutions

Bryant McKinnie and Andre Gurode have helped to answer Baltimore’s biggest preseason question.  These veterans aren’t going to make the Pro Bowl again, but they have stabilized a trouble area.  Marshall Yanda, back at guard, may very well make a Pro Bowl.

The team is back in the top ten in rushing. Ray Rice is fifth in yards from scrimmage. Ricky Williams is averaging 4.7 yards-per-carry.  The team is middle of the pack in sacks allowed.

Defense could be special

Rex Ryan gave the Ravens defense the ultimate compliment after they waxed the Jets, saying the group reminded him of Baltimore’s 2000 and 2006 defenses. Haloti Ngata and Terrance Cody form a nasty duo up front. The team is blitzing more and causing turnovers. Ed Reed is fully healthy.

The Ravens rank second in points allowed, third in yards allowed, and first in turnovers forced. A lot of elite teams can score. Not many top teams — or any — can play defense like Baltimore.

Team Speed

Does anyone miss Derrick Mason, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, and Todd Heap? The Ravens may not have a great wideout group, but they still were smart to make big changes. Torrey Smith, Dennis Pitta, and Ed Dickson will all get better.

Forgiving schedule

The Ravens still have four games left against the Bengals and Browns. Baltimore will be heavy favorites in matchups against Jacksonville, Indy, Seattle, and Arizona.

We know it’s too early to count out the Steelers, but we’d argue the Ravens are more likely than any AFC team to earn a playoff bye.

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52 Responses to “Ravens hit the bye week in great position”
  1. FeartheFightinSnap says: Oct 4, 2011 6:17 PM

    @RickyWilliams isn’t a huge part of this, but he’s a part that I wish we had in Miami right now.

  2. sikoix says: Oct 4, 2011 6:22 PM

    This seems so obvious and destined to happen that I’m tempted to bet that it doesn’t happen. Ravens looked as good as any team in the first quarter of the season though for sure.

  3. felonius1 says: Oct 4, 2011 6:36 PM

    cue that troll with all that “steel hammer” bs….

  4. nevermore52 says: Oct 4, 2011 6:46 PM

    The most important part of the whole deal is the increase in overall quality depth. There are 7 players (including Pro Bowlers Ben Grubbs and Lee Evans; Not to mention 1st round CB Jimmy Smith and the always solid Chris Carr) who are out with injuries right now. To be able to insert quality starting level players such as Gurode, Torrey Smith and Lardarius Webb into the rotation and play at the level they are playing as a unit is almost mind blowing. This team is scary.

  5. bobbinski1229 says: Oct 4, 2011 6:50 PM

    I disagree… I could use Ray Rice on my fantasy Squad this week… They could have taken there bye later… Stingy a-holes….

  6. wawa33 says: Oct 4, 2011 6:56 PM

    IS anyone else sick and tired of the Ray Lewis act/dance?

  7. stairwayto7 says: Oct 4, 2011 7:00 PM

    Flacco has sucked in 2 out of the 4 games so far! If Balt does not win division this year, it would be a failure! Waiting for the Flacco injury to come……

  8. getweird4u says: Oct 4, 2011 7:12 PM

    As a bengal fan i have to say baltimore right now looks to be the class of the division,lets see how healthy their older playmakers stay on d though?

  9. trekker38 says: Oct 4, 2011 7:23 PM

    Ravens also remind me of 2000 team. Only non-realists would claim they’re not good. Steelers fans lost Sunday, so they’re in hiding mode to boot…

  10. tomtravis76 says: Oct 4, 2011 7:25 PM

    Every season seems to have a storyline, well the Baltimore Ravens going to Indy and winning a Super Bowl title on the Colts/ Irsay field might just be that story.

  11. ravenator says: Oct 4, 2011 7:34 PM

    Class of the division? How about class of the AFC. There is not one team in the AFC (yes, this includes the Patriots) that could handle this Raven defense (Titans was a letdown). I’d say the only teams capable of accomplishing this feat moving forward might be NO and/or GB.

  12. rwjk says: Oct 4, 2011 7:43 PM

    As I said before…

    Ray, Ed, T-Sizzle and Ngata strike pure fear in to the hearts of the opposing QB. Mark Sanchez has had night terrors the past two nights and is scheduled to see a psychiatrist tomorrow.

    In all seriousness though, you know your team is nasty when by the third quarter you feel bad for a guy making millions of dollars a year and smashing any chick he wants i.e., Sanchez, Bradford and Ted Bundy(okay maybe not any chick).

  13. 3octaveFart says: Oct 4, 2011 7:59 PM

    With a week off, I expect to see a couple of them land in jail…

  14. axespray says: Oct 4, 2011 8:07 PM

    their new D Coordinator is the man from what I’ve seen.

    Guy is blitzing Reed/doing this and that.
    This is probably the most inspired I’ve seen the ravens d play since 08′

  15. juniorsplace88 says: Oct 4, 2011 8:10 PM

    first off i am a raven fan and the defense has been fun to watch. Flacco has had 2 bad games. But the jets have a good pass d and the defense was on the field so much there was no way to get in a groove. The titans game everyone played bad. Flacco does need to be more consistent but i think he will find his groove. Though i dont want them to retire but it would hr nice to see Ed and Ray go out with a ring. Ed deserves one and one more for Ray will be a perfect end for the greatest defensive player ever. (i know their are other opinons but thats mine).

  16. gadgetdawg says: Oct 4, 2011 8:13 PM

    To be honest, I think both the Ravens and the Jets should be ashamed of their weak 4 game. That was some sad offensive football all around.

  17. nflfuturist says: Oct 4, 2011 8:16 PM

    By great shape you mean an inept and completely unimposing passing attack?

    By great shape you mean 3-1 against teams with a combined record of 7-9?

    By great shape you mean having the 31st ranked strength of schedule in the NFL? (wait, that helps your point)

    Please keep pumping this team up. I really want Vegas to start inflating the Ravens lines so I can hammer them later in the season. This will be a 1 and done playoff team.

  18. danwhitmer says: Oct 4, 2011 8:22 PM

    What a difference from last season. All the games lost last year by baltimore were lost in the 4th quarter and all but 1 or 2 were let downs by the defense. That being said I am not sure I will worry at all about the defense giving the game up this year in the 4th quarter. Not saying a team might not “win it” with a great play, just that the ravens will not hand the game over like last year.

    I also think Flacco and the offense will be fine. I think right now there are a lot of questions that cam cameron is trying to figure out with these rookies. I mean think about it, other than Bolden and Rice the others are either rookies or End year guys ( pitta and dikson are 2nd year but 1st year starter’s ) give them a little more time to gel, get evans and reed back and this ( in my opinion ) will be the most complete team in the NFL.

  19. watermelon1 says: Oct 4, 2011 8:26 PM

    Another thing going for Baltimore…

    They already had the advantage of playing Houston(one of their hardest remaining games) directly after a bye week.

    But because that’s only 2 weeks away, they’ll also have the luxury of playing Houston without Andre Johnson it sounds like.

    The offense still has identity issues and consistency issues… but the defense is downright dominant and they don’t even have their 1st round pick on the field yet! Once Jimmy Smith gets some games under his belt it will allow even more options for blitzing Ed Reed and causing havoc.

  20. watermelon1 says: Oct 4, 2011 8:28 PM

    By the way, the Ravens would be making a mistake to bench Torrey Smith and halt his development just because Lee Evans is healthy. Torrey Smith was getting open even being matched up against Darrelle Revis most of the night. (Flacco didn’t get him the ball, but he was still getting open).

  21. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Oct 4, 2011 8:32 PM

    “stairway_to_the_cellar” needs a team to root for.

  22. ppdoc13 says: Oct 4, 2011 8:45 PM

    @nflfuturist
    “By great shape you mean an inept and completely unimposing passing attack?”

    so unimposing that Flacco strafed the Steelers vaunted defense in game #1 and threw for 380 yards against the Rams with the first 3 passes to Torrey Smith 78, 41, 18 yards all being TD’s. Did they lay and egg against the Titans. Yes they did. Did they have trouble with one of the best defenses in the NFL and the best cover corner tandem in the NFL, sure they did. They also smashed the Jets in that game without the passing attack. So the answer is, Yup that is the attack of which you speak.

    “By great shape you mean 3-1 against teams with a combined record of 7-9?”

    Won’t apologize for the schedule. It is what it is. We play it the way it comes at us. But we CRUSHED the two teams that were in the AFC championship last year and were odds on favorites to make the playoffs this year.

    “By great shape you mean having the 31st ranked strength of schedule in the NFL? (wait, that helps your point)”

    Again – the schedule is the schedule. Normally our schedule is a bitch. The past two years we had one of the top 5 most difficult schedules in the league and still made the playoffs. But lets not let reality interrupt your fantasy hatred.

    “Please keep pumping this team up. I really want Vegas to start inflating the Ravens lines so I can hammer them later in the season. This will be a 1 and done playoff team.”

    Maybe so, but I highly doubt it. Since Harbs started coaching we made the playoffs all three years and in each of those years won at least one playoff game and every win has been on the road. When you consider that the Ravens have one of the NFL’s best home records (top five – look it up), we will be a very tough out if we win our division and the AFC championship has to be played here. No guarantees, but the stats are what they are. So hammer away you miscreant moron, we don’t really give a damn what you think anyway.

    So, Mr. nflfuturist – I’m not really sure what your team is, don’t really care. Your post was filled with partial truths and acid. I’m not really sure what your psychological problem is (likely being a Browns fan) but I would suggest you get help. Given the crap you just wrote, you totally discredited anything else you have to say on the subject of the Baltimore Ravens.

  23. ern215 says: Oct 4, 2011 8:46 PM

    ok,
    im a raiders fan to the heart.
    that being said, i salute the baltimore ravens and i think they look like a complete team and are the class of the afc,
    hmmmmmmmmmm,
    packers offense vs ravens defense may be an intriguing matchup.!!

  24. broncobillie says: Oct 4, 2011 8:52 PM

    Kind schedule, kind division (thank you, Steelers) – all they have to do is avoid letdown games like Tennessee…

  25. timmons94 says: Oct 4, 2011 8:53 PM

    Ravens d playing great…

    But unibrow is awful…

    pretty boy sanchez and flacco put on worst display of qb u will ever see in 1 game..

    Steelers win north due to Flacco being Flacco..
    dude suxs

  26. commandercornpone says: Oct 4, 2011 9:02 PM

    well they let me down vs ten and burned me when i bet on the jets but…

    i bet every game and i have taken balto 32 of the last 36 regular season games. i imagine i will keep doing so, also.

  27. goforgin01 says: Oct 4, 2011 9:04 PM

    NFLfuturist may have a point, particularly considering the ugly performances Flacco sprinkles in here and there.

    Then again, Sunday night was one of those games ….and if Flacco can play like that and this team can still smoke a team that played in the AFC Championship last 2 years…

    If Jimmy Smith can get rolling like Peterson as a shut-down CB and allow Pagano to blitz more down the stretch, every opposing QB against them will take big shots every week. Not sure what the rest of the country missed on Pernell McPhee, but that guy is a serious 3rd & long pass rusher on the inside

  28. kliplee says: Oct 4, 2011 9:17 PM

    the players that make the least impact on the field, always make the dumbest statements. IE: vince young, channing crowder, the dolphins secondary, and now hightower.

    he should have closed the lid before letting that fly

  29. jamaltimore says: Oct 4, 2011 9:17 PM

    Ozzie Newsome is the Man and Biscotti is a Great Owner. While going to playoffs and winning a couple games the last three years the Wizard has still been able to reshape the entire team. He’s got perfect mix of youth and veteran leadership on the field and that’s with JIMMY SMITH #1 not even playing a down yet. So far it looks like Pagano, the new D-coordinator, is a great motivator and he has turned the defense LOOSE. Fatburger,Sanchoke and Bradford all looked liked like they were mumbling No Mas about midway through 2nd quarter. You think Brady wants some of Tsizzle in the playoffs again? I think NGATA!

    On offense, they turned the page on some GREAT Ravens and now they have an entire youthful speedy receiving core anchored by a perfect veteran signing of Quan #81. The kickers are both potential pro bowlers and the returners will find their groove as Rookie Williams is looking like a special teams stud.

    It’s a long season there will be bumps in the road, especially with Flacco’s up and down nature but RR and RW behind that now DEEP offensive line it sure looks like things are on the right track!

    Lastly, is there a better place for Baltimore to win the Lombardi than in the cornfield where the Stolen Colts Play! They need to have a Mayflower van , pimped out in Black and Purple out side waiting to bring the Trophy back to the City that REEEEDS while the GOAT walks into retirement!

    All a pipedream for now but for the first 5 weeks there is no reason not to believe it!

  30. lennylyles says: Oct 4, 2011 9:29 PM

    The Ravens front office did a great job of getting younger and faster. An aging defense two years ago is now very young with playmakers Ngata and Suggs, mixed with youngsters Webb, Kruger, McLain, Cody, McPhee, Zbikowsi and Williams to go with Reed and Lewis. Rookie stud Jimmy Smith has yet to play. The offense has gotten younger and faster also. Grubbs their young all pro lineman should return after the bye.

  31. ravensfan4life52 says: Oct 4, 2011 9:35 PM

    haters are gonna hate and winners are gonna win, and right the Ravens are WINNING!

  32. flabtreesports says: Oct 4, 2011 9:48 PM

    I think they’ll lose in SD and maybe drop one of the 4 to CIN/CLE. Add one other trap game and they’re 12-4. That should get a bye with how soft the other usual AFC contenders seem to be in 2011.

  33. iamthefootballjerk says: Oct 4, 2011 9:49 PM

    @wawa33 says:
    Oct 4, 2011 6:56 PM
    IS anyone else sick and tired of the Ray Lewis act/dance?
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    Only d-bags.

  34. qj1984 says: Oct 4, 2011 10:52 PM

    @getweird4u

    Here we go again with the “old players” crap. The Ravens have let a whole bunch of old guys walk in recent years. That defense is full of fresh young legs. Rosenthal, overlooking as he usually does, didn’t mention it but the reason the Ravens D looks so much better is because they have increased team speed on that side of the ball. They’ve still got mainstays like Reed and Lewis but they have surrounded them with young talent. Kruger, McPhee, Cody, Webb, Zbikowski, Art Jones, Jameel McClain, Cary Williams, are all young guys that the Ravens are either starting or rotating in that are making an impact. That’s not even mentioning two guys with tons of potential that havent reall been healthy enough to see the field in Kindle and Jimmy Smith.

    The Ravens have a very nice mixture of youth and experience and they are using it very well.

  35. occamssabre says: Oct 4, 2011 10:54 PM

    @timmons94

    Steelers win north due to Flacco being Flacco..
    dude suxs

    The Stoolers will be lucky to have Big Ben complete the season in one piece. His O-line is a strainer and he’s getting pummeled on a weekly basis.

    Flacco doesn’t need to do anything crazy. Just make some good passes and find Ray Rice early and often. Oh, and the defense is looking better than it ever has. Shades of 2000 and ’06.

  36. rwjk says: Oct 4, 2011 11:08 PM

    I forgot to mention Ray Rice could very well be in the 1000/1000 club at regular seasons end. That is 1000 yards rushing and 1000 yards recieving for those who didn’t know. Baltimore doesn’t care about records though, they care about winning. HATE HATE HATE HATE

  37. heyzeus143 says: Oct 4, 2011 11:21 PM

    Slacco

  38. nflfuturist says: Oct 4, 2011 11:47 PM

    @ppdoc13 – the Steelers aren’t good bro. Sorry. Hate to take such a “great” win away from you. Not trying to spew hate and I actually respect Baltimore. That being said, approaching their team from purely analytical standpoint, they are a 2nd tier squad who can only win in a one dimensional fashion. Good luck against the Pack, Saints, Lions, Eagles (yes, the “dream” team), Patriots and Chargers.

    The Ravens will likely finish with 12, 13 and even possibly 14 wins. But just don’t think they can go blow to blow with the teams above. Not trying to spew hate, just an analysis/opinion. No need to be so insecure.

    And you couldn’t be more off base on my “affiliation” within the league, but I’ll let you try to figure that one out.

    @goforgin01 – thanks for taking the less “FAN”atical perspective and trying to see where I’m coming from. The Ravens have something going, but they need to make the offense more dynamic otherwise I think they leave themselves extremely vulnerable.

    And from a Vegas perspective, as long as people like ppdoc13 contiue to be blinded by emotion and the media keeps pumping up the Ravens, there will be opportunities to take advantage of. The Texans game will be a decent barometer. Ravens will likely be -3 to -4.5 depending if Johnson is available. I like the under in that one, guessing Vegas will put a line of 44.5 to 46 out.

  39. Andre's Johnson says: Oct 4, 2011 11:58 PM

    The Ravens are awesome and look like the favorites at this point to come out of the AFC, maybe just a little ahead of New England.

    However.

    They’ve played, what? One team with a good offensive line? The Titans. That didn’t go so well.

    I have to admit I wish the Ravens weren’t going to be coming out of the open week when the Texans head to Baltimore (not to mention I wish Andre Johnson were going to be active).

    The Texans’ O-line is freaking awesome right now. I’m not saying Duane Brown is going to crack open Ray Lewis’ skull or anything, but Houston is getting after it these days.

    Anyway, yeah…Ravens look really good. (except Flacco…yikes!)

  40. wtf2812 says: Oct 5, 2011 12:21 AM

    I actually read some intelligent, thoughtful remarks on this thread. Then I also read some posts that made me taste the vomit in my mouth.

    There is no doubt that the Ravens are pretty damn good – they always are.

    Just don’t go making those Super Bowl reservations yet, fellas. It’s only the first week of October.

    If my Steelers get bounced, hell yes I’ll root for the Ravens. They are the only team out there that has Steeler-like swagger. But, four games is way too early to plan a parade. Sheesh.

    I’m sure most of you will blast my comments, but I wouldn’t expect anything less.

    Oh, and uh iamthefootballjerk … only d-bags and law-abiding citizens. LOL.

  41. getyourownname says: Oct 5, 2011 8:33 AM

    nflfuturist says:

    By great shape you mean 3-1 against teams with a combined record of 7-9?

    *******************

    Green Bay 4-0 Opp record 7-9
    Detroit 4-0 Opp record 6-10
    NE 3-1 Opp record 8-8
    Buff 3-1 Opp record 8-8
    Tenn 3-1 Opp record 7-9
    Houston 3-1 Opp record 5-11
    San Diego 3-1 Opp record 4-12

    I see your point. Clearly no NFL team is in great shape right now.

  42. Steeler's Will says: Oct 5, 2011 9:29 AM

    I really don’t think the Steelers are going to find the groove this season. The Ravens have looked to be the most well-rounded team in the AFC. Two veteran rb’s, a solid O-line, and a notoriously stingy D will go a long ways covering up any Flacc-ups.

    I’ll change my name to Raven’s Might (get it? Might?) for the duration of their playoff run if the Steelers sh*t themselves as expected.

  43. southpaw2k says: Oct 5, 2011 9:37 AM

    nflfuturist says:
    Oct 4, 2011 8:16 PM
    By great shape you mean an inept and completely unimposing passing attack?

    By great shape you mean 3-1 against teams with a combined record of 7-9?

    By great shape you mean having the 31st ranked strength of schedule in the NFL? (wait, that helps your point)

    Please keep pumping this team up. I really want Vegas to start inflating the Ravens lines so I can hammer them later in the season. This will be a 1 and done playoff team.

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    Right, because the Patriots are in such great shape, what with their vaunted defense able to stop opposing offenses. And Norv Turner is a much better coach than Harbaugh. Seriously, who else in the AFC would you rank above the Ravens right now? The Steelers, who they beat with an ugly stick in Week 1? Or the Jets, who they made look like a high school football team Sunday night?

  44. mikefont says: Oct 5, 2011 10:31 AM

    ravenator says: Oct 4, 2011 7:34 PM

    Class of the division? How about class of the AFC. There is not one team in the AFC (yes, this includes the Patriots) that could handle this Raven defense (Titans was a letdown). I’d say the only teams capable of accomplishing this feat moving forward might be NO and/or GB.

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    Sounds JUST like a homer comment! Go ahead and keep those blinders on and think that your gonna sleepwalk with the Texans, and your gonna get a RUDE awakening! The Texans had the Raven beat last year until a last minute interception gave them the win, but the Texans are WAY BETTER this year! Should be a good game, with the Texans slapping the Crows around, just like they did with the Steelers! Flacco is gonna call Big Ben up and ask him for a doctor’s referral after that game!

    TEXANS WIN BABY!!!!!

  45. ravensfan4life52 says: Oct 5, 2011 10:44 AM

    @mikefont

    and you sound just like a homer as well. the Texans definitely have gotten way better, but so have the Ravens. The game will be close, but with Andre Johnson most likely missing the game it won’t be as close as you think, especially with our backfield getting healthier. It’ll be a good game.

  46. mikefont says: Oct 5, 2011 10:44 AM

    southpaw2k says: Oct 5, 2011 9:37 AM

    Right, because the Patriots are in such great shape, what with their vaunted defense able to stop opposing offenses. And Norv Turner is a much better coach than Harbaugh. Seriously, who else in the AFC would you rank above the Ravens right now? The Steelers, who they beat with an ugly stick in Week 1? Or the Jets, who they made look like a high school football team Sunday night?

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    Ummm… I think the TEXANS are a better, more BALANCED team right now than the Ravens, so I would rank them above the Ravens. They have the one of the best offenses with the best O-line in the game, they just got the best running back in Arian Foster back, and the defense is MUCH better than what people are giving them credit for. And while the Ravens still have a great defense, Flacco has GOT TO HAVE YOU WORRIED!
    The Texans had their hiccup game against the Saint (just like the Ravens did against the Titans), so that week 6 game is gonna be a great one! Don’t be shocked when the Texans win, cause I’ve warned ya!

  47. southpaw2k says: Oct 5, 2011 11:50 AM

    Oops – sorry for the complete copy on my last post, guys. Can we campaign for an edit/delete button now?

  48. southpaw2k says: Oct 5, 2011 3:54 PM

    mikefont says:
    Oct 5, 2011 10:44 AM
    southpaw2k says: Oct 5, 2011 9:37 AM

    Right, because the Patriots are in such great shape, what with their vaunted defense able to stop opposing offenses. And Norv Turner is a much better coach than Harbaugh. Seriously, who else in the AFC would you rank above the Ravens right now? The Steelers, who they beat with an ugly stick in Week 1? Or the Jets, who they made look like a high school football team Sunday night?

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    Ummm… I think the TEXANS are a better, more BALANCED team right now than the Ravens, so I would rank them above the Ravens. They have the one of the best offenses with the best O-line in the game, they just got the best running back in Arian Foster back, and the defense is MUCH better than what people are giving them credit for. And while the Ravens still have a great defense, Flacco has GOT TO HAVE YOU WORRIED!
    The Texans had their hiccup game against the Saint (just like the Ravens did against the Titans), so that week 6 game is gonna be a great one! Don’t be shocked when the Texans win, cause I’ve warned ya!

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    Ray Rice is just as great a running back as Arian Foster is, so there’s no edge there for Houston. The Ravens’ O-line has shown it at least can be as solid as the Texans’ line, especially now that we have Vonta Leach blocking for Rice (though admittedly, Sunday’s game showed Leach’s absence didn’t exactly hurt your running game). Flacco is up and down, but I wouldn’t say he has me “worried,” unlike, say, Kyle Boller did. Really, this game will come down to whose defense shows up more. While the Texans’ D is much better this year than last year with the beefed up secondary, the Ravens’ D is still the better unit. It’ll be a great game no doubt, but I would still say the Texans aren’t the better team on paper.

  49. ravenator says: Oct 5, 2011 7:19 PM

    @mikefont

    You sound ridiculous my naive friend.

    First of all, the Texans were spanked last year by the Ravens. If it wasn’t for Mattison and the dreaded 3-man rush defense he kept calling with an enormous lead, your team would’ve never came back from that first half deficit.

    Second of all, the Steelers were beat 35-7 by the Ravens, the Texans won 17-10, and I digress.

    Third of all, the Ravens are now 12-1 at home in the last 13 games. If you think the 12th man won’t have an effect on this game, you’re kidding yourself.

    (did I mention Andre Johnson is out)

    Good luck…

  50. ravenator says: Oct 5, 2011 10:24 PM

    …and the Ravens are coming off of a bye week. An extra two weeks for the coaching staff to prepare.

    In addition, the Ravens have four starters capable of getting healthy and back to the starting lineup.

    I like the Texans, I really do. I think they very much resemble the Ravens but in the AFCS (Colts:Steelers). Unfortunately, the history does not lie and the Ravens have a very solid track record as of late vs the Texans.

    And no I do not base my 2011 picks off of previous years, but this is the best Ravens defense I’ve seen since 2000 & 2006…I’ve been watching the Ravens since their inception in 1996. If the Ravens lose this game I will certainly send out my praise but I honestly can’t see it happening.

  51. ravenschick says: Oct 7, 2011 3:02 PM

    After the Ravens game, I heard Mark Sanchez and Dustin Keller signed endorsement deals with Depends.

  52. bebopa says: Oct 7, 2011 7:35 PM

    As a new Ravens fan let me say it good to root for a team that expects to win. Go Ravens

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