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John Harbaugh: Offensive output has to improve to beat the Patriots

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The Ravens won a playoff game on Sunday while turning in a weak effort offensively. Ravens coach John Harbaugh says that can’t happen again.

After the Ravens’ 20-13 win over the Texans, Harbaugh said that if his team wants to go to New England on Sunday and beat the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, they’re going to need to put on a better offensive display.

“I would anticipate against the team we’re about to play, you have to do a better job offensively, in terms of numbers and stats and points, of course than we did today,” Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh is right: The Ravens had almost as many punts (nine) as first downs (eleven) against the Texans, and Joe Flacco completed only 14 of 27 passes for 176 yards, while Ray Rice averaged 2.9 yards a carry. The Ravens’ two touchdown drives totaled just 36 yards, both coming after turnovers in Texans territory. That kind of offensive output doesn’t win many playoff games.

Flacco’s struggles are particularly alarming. He’s simply not playing like a Super Bowl quarterback. But the good news for the Ravens is that the Patriots’ defense isn’t as good as the Texans’ defense.

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  1. surly1n1nd1anapol1s says: Jan 16, 2012 9:14 AM

    Does this mean Cam Cameron should be listing his house?

  2. jenniferxxx says: Jan 16, 2012 9:19 AM

    Planet Earth to Captain Obvious … message received. Now tell Private Flacco.

  3. footballfan83 says: Jan 16, 2012 9:19 AM

    Did Aaron Rodgers play like a Super Bowl quarterback? Not really – he was pressured all night – why? Oh because he played a good defense. Just like how Flacco played the #2 overall defense in the Texans. Anyone that watched the game saw a dominant Texans D line, pressuring Flacco all game, and a fair share of WR drops. I am so sick of the media basing their opinions only on highlights. Do you guys actually watch the entire game, ever?

  4. frankvzappa says: Jan 16, 2012 9:21 AM

    Sounds like he has a lot of confidence that his defense will be able to stop the Patriots onslaught…highly unlikely anything stops the mission Big Time Tom is on…

  5. KIR says: Jan 16, 2012 9:21 AM

    I’ll take a great defense with a run game over a great passing offense in January every time. Teams with a great defense and run game consistently not only make the playoffs. They win in the playoffs.

    Don’t be surprised if the Ravens beat the Patriots. Ray Rice is going to have a good game to control the clock. The Ravens need a couple of sacks early. Brady is a completely different QB if he’s facing a pass rush and fills some pain.

  6. beerbaron says: Jan 16, 2012 9:24 AM

    Gronk 21, Ravens 13

  7. PFTiswhatitis says: Jan 16, 2012 9:26 AM

    The Patriots defense is much better than the media would have you believe and of course the offense is firing on all cylinders (and thats without a complete set of receivers – ochocinco).
    The Ravens defense is overrated and the offense is hapless. The Pats should make short work of the Ravens on Sunday.

  8. myspaceyourface says: Jan 16, 2012 9:27 AM

    Let’s face it, the Ravens were lucky to survive that game.

    220 yards of total offense

    4 T.O.’s by Houston

    0 penalties called on Baltimore

    ((I don’t even understand how that happens, with all the holding on the DB’s and O-line))

  9. tallguyme says: Jan 16, 2012 9:28 AM

    Patriots 42 – Ravens 16

  10. flaccotoboldin says: Jan 16, 2012 9:28 AM

    3 of the 4 teams left in the playoff field are basically the same. Good defenses, run games, and QBs that can make plays but can also manage situations.

    1 team left is what the national media, and maybe the league, wants. Sexy QB. Puts up stats. Lots of offensive talent, mediocre run game. CRAP defense.

    We’ll see who wins it all, but unless the Patriots do, I’m pretty sure all the analysts can shut up about the QB worship. The best TEAM will win.

    This weekend Flacco doesn’t have to be the best QB. He’s gotta do whatever the Ravens need him to do to win. PERIOD. The Ravens have to be the better TEAM. They might not be, but we’ll see.

    its a TEAM sport. We’ll see what Ray Rice looks like running against that soft Patriots defense.

  11. Stiller43 says: Jan 16, 2012 9:29 AM

    Flacco had what, two touchdown drives and they were for a combined 42 yards?

    This guy SUCKS.

    They were lucky they were playing a rookie who really looked like a rookie yesterday.

  12. screechingllama says: Jan 16, 2012 9:32 AM

    Cam Cameron has been less than impressive.

  13. gopats23 says: Jan 16, 2012 9:35 AM

    Not saying this is a lock by any means, but if both teams play their best game, New England is heading to Indy.

  14. dawhorsefeathers says: Jan 16, 2012 9:36 AM

    Congrats to the Pats for beating a team with a record over .500 for the first time since December 2010.

  15. gametime52 says: Jan 16, 2012 9:37 AM

    The offensive performance could have been statistically better if your into stats. But the Houston defense is full of ballers and they were playing lights out yesterday.

  16. outsiderj says: Jan 16, 2012 9:38 AM

    Flacco’s struggles?? Must not have watched the game, he had about a MILLISECOND to make a play in the second half, the O-Line gave him NO chance to make a play. First half he had key drops that would have inflated his stats. Only stats that matter to me:

    0 Ints
    2 TDs
    Game? WON

  17. ravenut06 says: Jan 16, 2012 9:38 AM

    But the good news for the Ravens is that the Patriots’ defense isn’t as good as the Texans’ defense.
    ******************************
    This is the first i heard of how good a defence the Texans had.
    Houston had the number 2 D where NE has the 31st D. Dont get me wrong i am not giving the Ravens a pass offensively. The O-line needs to protect much better next week. The WR’s need to catch the ball when it hits them in the hands and chest. Joe needs to move the ball and not all these three and outs.
    However Texans get alot of credit for their D. Its hard to move the ball on a great D.
    I think the Ravens will be able to move the ball and take care of business next week in a close game.

  18. theravens1 says: Jan 16, 2012 9:40 AM

    Finally, some recognition of that! Flacco played well, didn’t turn the ball over. Our line and receivers need to play through to the whistle. It seems when the pocket begins to collapse they turn and watch. Our line is never looking back at the running back after the play, even if it is for a two-three yard gain!

    The Texans were set up perfectly all day for a reverse, or a throw-back play!! It seems like we run off guard on first down 9 outta 10 plays, then call for a drop-back sack on second down, and then a short dump off on third.

    Cameron, he needs to mix up the play calls, and actually plan an offense affront!! Instead of pulling out the same offensive game plan from the last 7 games, especially the road games – cuz they haven’t worked – at all.

    Harbaugh needs to conduct a pre-view of the offensive game plan.

    The defense – they played great, but they need to get after the qb more. The rush was weak, Brady needs to be knocked down a few times – even if he does complete something once and a while – which he will do, but he has to feel the pressure and if we don’t sack him, hurry him, or knock him around – he will pick us apart!

    Suggs, Johnson, Krugger, Ngata and company need to paint a picture of Rothensburger’s face on Brady this week.

    Offense, again, the receivers need to continue to try to get free till the whistle, and we need to call some quick slants, screens, and reverses. I bet the Patriots would never expect anything with more than an option checkdown to Rice. That is a fantastic checkdown option (but it seems like it is our 2nd most called play, not a checkdown option).

    OK, that’s a harsh look in the mirror critique, but we are one game away from the Superbowl, and we need to play better to win.

  19. thebrownswillalwaysloose says: Jan 16, 2012 9:40 AM

    There they go! Flacco’s receivers drop multiple passes and his oline almost gets him killed yet he’s a bad quarterback. How about Rogers? His receivers dropped many passes they should have caught, and he was under duress most of the day (just like Joe) so by your logic he’s bad too huh? MORONS!

  20. spellingcops says: Jan 16, 2012 9:41 AM

    Ask Flacco though, and he’ll let you know he should get all the winning credit. Tool bag

  21. 3octaveFart says: Jan 16, 2012 9:41 AM

    heh… we’re talking about Joe Flacco here…

    Besides, if Flacco loses, I hear the Village People are hiring…

  22. humbleminded85 says: Jan 16, 2012 9:41 AM

    Not saying Flacco played great, but people who didn’t actually watch the whole game and just looks at the stats won’t realize how great Houston’s D was yesterday. They were playing out of their minds. Most times, Watts and Co was getting to Flacco before he could even make any progressions. The Ravens without a doubt will have to put up more points against the Pats, but don’t fool yourself in thinking that the Pats D is on the Texans level.

  23. chizzle20 says: Jan 16, 2012 9:42 AM

    “Flacco’s struggles are particularly alarming. He’s simply not playing like a Super Bowl quarterback.”

    __________________________________

    Struggles? Let any QB get abused like that and see if they play like a “Super Bowl QB”. Oh yeah it did happen to Rogers and Brees and look where they are at.

  24. thevikes85 says: Jan 16, 2012 9:43 AM

    Here you go Flacco,u wanted respect, this sunday is your chance to earn it.

  25. LynnBal says: Jan 16, 2012 9:43 AM

    The Texans sacked Flacco 5 times
    They got a total of 22 pressures on him (the pocket disintegrated time after time)
    His receivers dropped 5 passes that were in their hands
    The Running Game was non-existant (along with Rice fumbling for the first time all year)

    But Flacco’s is the problem?

  26. jnbnet says: Jan 16, 2012 9:46 AM

    But the good news for the Ravens is that the Patriots’ defense isn’t as good as the Texans’ defense.

    ===============================
    True. Not as good, but better than most people think.

  27. cunninglinguist69 says: Jan 16, 2012 9:49 AM

    The bad news for the Ravens is that the Patriots quarterback is a little better than T. J. Yates.

  28. 8man says: Jan 16, 2012 9:49 AM

    A lot can happen in a week. Individual matchups and game plans can change things. In this league, you can’t assume that a team will duplicate its play, good or bad, from week to week.

    The Patriots may struggle moving the ball against the Ravens defense. One of the things the Ravens do well is run the ball. The Patriots give teams lots of 2 and 5’s.

    I don’t know who will win, but my sense of it is that the favoring the Patriots by 7.5 is too much.

  29. pleasantsurpriselefty says: Jan 16, 2012 9:49 AM

    Any time a player starts complaining about not getting enough respect, chances are he doesn’t deserve it. Stop whining and start hitting open receivers.

  30. rayriceisnice says: Jan 16, 2012 10:06 AM

    Remember how the saints wouldn’t lose to the 49ers and the giants could never beat the mighty packers, or them Jesus loving broncos getting crushed by the steelers….now the ravens are underdogs by 7.5….I betcha I know what’s gonna happen.

  31. ahostiletakeover says: Jan 16, 2012 10:07 AM

    More chances for the haters to bash Flacco despite the fact that he accounted for the game winning pts, and unlike his counterpart didn’t throw a single interception (Yates has 3 more by my count that were dropped). The idiots will just see the stats and not realize that even Brady, Brees, or Rodgers would be very hard pressed to play any better behind that terrible o-line performance. Again, I give tons of credit to the Houston front 7, those guys were ballin’ every single down and the Ravens’ o-line had no answer.

  32. oscojoe says: Jan 16, 2012 10:07 AM

    Flacco is just a taller Sanchez and the Ravens are the oringinal Trash Talking Jet’s.

    Pat’s by 11

  33. eojtrid says: Jan 16, 2012 10:12 AM

    Oh yeah M.D.S blame Flacco, it’s pretty easy if your an idiot. He hit his receivers in the hands quite a few times with passes only to be let down. His OC doesn’t adjust in the 2nd half to take advantage of the middle of the field that the Texans are giving……….Plenty of blame to go around.

  34. steelnucs says: Jan 16, 2012 10:14 AM

    “But the good news for the Ravens is that the Patriots’ defense isn’t as good as the Texans’ defense.”

    True, but the bad news is that the Pat’s offense (at least passing) is 10 times as good. Hell, if not for Yates’ horrible decisions (yeah, he’s a rookie, I know), the Texans probably win that game. Should be a different story up in NE.

    I wish it was possible for both teams to lose.

  35. deepbacksidedig says: Jan 16, 2012 10:22 AM

    H went on about his heroic D holding a 4 point lead.
    But it was a 17 point lead.
    Vs. Raw rookie 3rd string QB .

    Pats answer is no raw rookie 3rd string QB.
    No huddle, shotgun, 3 second release,short passes. Gronk/Hernandez/Welker/6 more guys, who all cqatch the ball. (memo to GB)
    Nobody has stopped it yet.
    Who covers Gronk? Hernandez? Welker?
    No answers, so far.

    D has no time to get QB, gets gassed, fast.
    Ed and Ray will be done by the first qtr.
    if The Flaccid can’t get it up.

    H knows his O has got to move.
    knows his team will need 30 points.
    Minimum.

    Not happening.

  36. middletownmdman says: Jan 16, 2012 10:24 AM

    Couldn’t be more right fan83. I was at the Ravens game. Dropped passes didn’t help either. You can’t find a receiver if you don’t have any time. Although I do think the Ravens need a new offensive coordinator. Cam’s plays are repetitive and boring. Now that quarterback keeper end-around by Alex Smith….that was a call! Ray Rice up the middle 3 times from the one ain’t gonna cut it.

  37. 2sausage11 says: Jan 16, 2012 10:25 AM

    If the Pats D plays like they did against Denver Pats win easy

  38. psuravens19 says: Jan 16, 2012 10:26 AM

    For anyone that wants to talk trash on the Ravens, feel free to do so; but remember this: They are playing in the AFC Championship game next week. Thank you and have a nice day.

  39. knowerofallthings says: Jan 16, 2012 10:30 AM

    What time to the Steelers play? ;)

  40. jasons81 says: Jan 16, 2012 10:32 AM

    @footballfan83… are you Joe Flacco?

    The reason why people are so hard on Flacco isn’t because he struggles against great defenses, it’s because he struggles against bad defenses too. Flacco is, at best, the epitome of the game managing QB.

  41. pftcensorssuck says: Jan 16, 2012 10:35 AM

    More offense????

    He does realize his quarterback is Joe “slightly better than Sanchez” Flacco, right?

    Tom Brady just dropped SIX TD’s on a pretty solid Denver defense ……. Ravens (and their fans) can’t be too excited about that.

  42. polo550 says: Jan 16, 2012 10:41 AM

    footballfan83 says:

    Did Aaron Rodgers play like a Super Bowl quarterback? Not really – he was pressured all night – why? Oh because he played a good defense. Just like how Flacco played the #2 overall defense in the Texans. Anyone that watched the game saw a dominant Texans D line, pressuring Flacco all game, and a fair share of WR drops. I am so sick of the media basing their opinions only on highlights. Do you guys actually watch the entire game, ever?
    ———————————————-

    The problem with your argument is that Flacco plays the same way no matter what defense they go up against. So, I guess the question that should be asked is do you actually watch Flacco the entire season? Because I know I do.

  43. opbilly says: Jan 16, 2012 10:42 AM

    watch the game again. flacco had only 2or 3 bad throws. he cant pass and catch and he cant pass when he has 4 defensive lineman on him! harbaugh on the other hand better up his game. the stupid play calling and coaching??? take the 3 points after squandering a first and goal with stupid plays and make it a 7 point lead.

  44. ccoolahan14 says: Jan 16, 2012 10:42 AM

    The anti-Flacco bias at this point is beyond absurd. Who was open yesterday? Can anyone name something SPECIFICALLY that he should have done differently on plays? Maybe he could have avoided one or two of the sacks (of course, if he threw it away, everyone would harp on how low his completion percentage was). Other than that, his throws were absolutely perfect. Even his completions were when players had absolutely perfect coverage and he threw it where only his receiver could catch it. Everyone talks about how basic and terrible the ravens offensive scheme is (the Texans were practically laughing at it before the game via their quotes), and it shows when no one gets open. When Cam Cameron was Drew Brees’ offensive coordinator, the Chargers DRAFTED ELI MANNING FIRST OVERALL! What does that tell you about Cam Cameron? I guess Drew Brees is terrible too, right? Tom Brady has no defender within five feet of him on any play, throws three yard passes to WIDE OPEN receivers, and then they proceed to run for an additional 15 yards (or hits a wide open Gronkowski 15 yards downfield), and everyone acts like he’s the greatest player ever. Can anyone list the plays he made that were particularly impressive? He had a great throw to Branch for the TD. Other than that, every pass was to a wide open player. Meanwhile, Flacco had the tremendous throw to Boldin down the sideline which he juggled and made a great catch on, the great back shoulder throw to Boldin in which he was covered perfectly, the TD to Boldin where he put it only where Boldin could catch it, and the absolutely perfect back shoulder throw to Evans who was being completely blanketed before making an incredible catch. The media is simply pathetic with their Flacco/Ravens bashing.

  45. Bolton Brokers says: Jan 16, 2012 10:44 AM

    Flacco is not the problem. The receivers dropped at least 3 passes for 70 yards and his O-Line was awful. Adjusted stats if the receivers don’t have the drops: 17/27 (63%), 246 yds, 2TD, 0INT. Get off his back!

  46. sschmiggles says: Jan 16, 2012 10:47 AM

    I love how everyone is overlooking the patriots defense, who played an incredible game this weekend. 15 negative on defense. You can blame on tebow all you want, that was the #1 rushing offense this year and no one else looked as dominant as the pats D did.

    Pats D has gotten pressure all year long. They aren’t green bay. Flaccid is not going to sit back and pick us apart. He’ll have his plays, but the no name dline is coming for you Joe.

  47. lennylyles says: Jan 16, 2012 10:55 AM

    Four of Flacco’s first six passes were drops right in the receivers hands. One was a 50 yarder to Torry Smith right in his hands. Michael David Smith has been a Flacco basher all year.

  48. dawhorsefeathers says: Jan 16, 2012 11:03 AM

    For those confident in a blowout this weekend based on NE’s performance against Denver:

    Teams are 3-19 ATS following a playoff game in which they scored 40+ points.

    This, and the recent history between the two teams suggests a close game. I’m guessing 27-24 one way or the other.

  49. kisstherings says: Jan 16, 2012 11:05 AM

    @flaccotoboldin says:Jan 16, 2012 9:28 AM

    3 of the 4 teams left in the playoff field are basically the same. Good defenses, run games, and QBs that can make plays but can also manage situations.

    1 team left is what the national media, and maybe the league, wants. Sexy QB. Puts up stats. Lots of offensive talent, mediocre run game. CRAP defense.

    its a TEAM sport. We’ll see what Ray Rice looks like running against that soft Patriots defense.
    ———————————————————

    So….do you actually WATCH the games?? Or just listen to those same analysts you mock regarding the Patriots defense and their “Stats”?

    Did you watch the Pats D saturday night? You know, the one that has Patrick Chung back, Spikes back and pro-bowl corner McCourty playing safety now? Or did you watch the defense that had a bunch garbage time yardage ‘stats’ put up on them earlier in the year when everyone was injured and Tom Brady was dropping 40 points on teams that had to air it out?? No, you didn’t see that one – you watched the latest version of the Pats Defense shut down the #1 rushing 0ffense in the league.

    Good luck on Sunday. It will be a great game to watch and either team could win. But if the Raven’s go in thinking they are playing the 31st ranked defense in the league….they will sorely mistaken and as foolish as you.

  50. chizzle20 says: Jan 16, 2012 11:11 AM

    pftcensorssuck says:Jan 16, 2012 10:35 AM

    More offense????

    He does realize his quarterback is Joe “slightly better than Sanchez” Flacco, right?

    Tom Brady just dropped SIX TD’s on a pretty solid Denver defense ……. Ravens (and their fans) can’t be too excited about that.

    __________________________________
    Yeah the #20th ranked defense is solid. Far better than the #2 defense the Ravens faced. I guess now you realize how stupid you sound.

  51. jamaltimore says: Jan 16, 2012 11:12 AM

    Joe Played fine. Before the game everyone of the “experts” said Ray Rice would need to carry the ravens in this game. HE DID NOT and Ricky probably had more yards per carry than Ray. There were at least 4 drops for big gains yesterday including Torry Smith getting hit perfectly in the hands early in the game on what would have been a long gain.

    In any case all joe did was protect the ball and throw two td’s. ray rice couldn’t get 1 yard for a td?
    I like em both but sick of all the Flacco haters. He is what he is a WINNING QB who NEVER loses games for his team.

    Having said all that if Ray Rice doesn’t get over 100 next week the Ravens have no chance of winning! regardless of what Flacco does.

  52. ahostiletakeover says: Jan 16, 2012 11:26 AM

    Jasons81, to this point in the season, the Ravens have played 13 top 10 defenses at the time they met (including yesterday and including losses to Seattle and Jacksonville) in 17 games this year. Kind of hard to struggle against bad defenses when you mostly play defenses in the top third of the league all season, don’t you think?

  53. wikidpissah says: Jan 16, 2012 11:28 AM

    thebrownswillalwaysloose says: Jan 16, 2012 9:40 AM

    There they go! Flacco’s receivers drop multiple passes and his oline almost gets him killed yet he’s a bad quarterback. How about Rogers? His receivers dropped many passes they should have caught, and he was under duress most of the day (just like Joe) so by your logic he’s bad too huh? MORONS!
    ====================================
    You’re comparing Joe Flacco to Aaron Rodgers? Rodgers has been consistently great. The Giants’ defense was the difference.

    Flacco on the other hand has been consistently inconsistent. The Texans have an outstanding defense and it’s doubtful any QB would have had a great day against them. The problem with Flacco is that he looks bad against much weaker defenses on a regular basis.

    Rodgers’ average day is much better than Flacco’s best day. Your comparison is what’s moronic.

  54. marshmont says: Jan 16, 2012 11:58 AM

    the ravens did win the game. don’t forget that. however, before trashing flacco…he had little time to find targets. ravens need a quick (west coast) passing game to go to if the line is struggling. i want cam to leave. norv turner would hav been great. find someone to get the most from flacco.

  55. jasons81 says: Jan 16, 2012 12:04 PM

    Those bashing and blaming Cam Cameron… I completely agree. I think the play calling is atrocious. No knock on Ray Rice but I’m not sure I’d keep on sending him up the middle. And what was up with the passes at the end when they should have been eating up clock? Hell that’s when they should have been sending Rice up the middle to get stuffed, at least they could have taken 40 secs off per run. They need better play calling if they’re to beat the Pats next week. And as for those saying Flacco did good against a great defense… there may be some truth to that and we’ll find out next week.

  56. yyyass says: Jan 16, 2012 12:09 PM

    I think Cam Cameron left his game plan at home and didn’t want to admit it, so he held up Denny’s menu in front of his face on the sideline and called the three simplest plays he could remember.

  57. tomtravis76 says: Jan 16, 2012 12:12 PM

    Cam is the issue, he does not call plays that are tailored to his players abilities.

    It will be a great game. Two best teams in the AFC are playing for the right to the trip to the Super Bowl.

  58. yyyass says: Jan 16, 2012 12:15 PM

    Jamal…I’m no big fan of Flacco, but I’ll say yesterday the O line let him down. There were two notable drops, BUT there were also a couple of phenomenal catches on difficult balls, so that evens out. Even the first TD was a crappy pass that the TE had turn back and make a nice low grab on. Flacco wasn’t even pressured on that play and he almost choked it. His QB sneak was pathetic as usual. His scrambling is so-so. He anticipates zilch. He needs a testosterone injection to man up and make those plays. We left a TD and a game ending first down on the field because a 6′-6″ QB can’t go one freaking yard. He falls down instead of pushing forward liek he’s afraid of contact. Those plays are on HIM and they matter big time. He doesn’t win games either. He’s just “there”, waiting for the D to bail him out.

  59. kate773 says: Jan 16, 2012 12:18 PM

    ccoolahan14 says:
    Jan 16, 2012 10:42 AM
    The anti-Flacco bias at this point is beyond absurd. Who was open yesterday? Can anyone name something SPECIFICALLY that he should have done differently on plays? Maybe he could have avoided one or two of the sacks (of course, if he threw it away, everyone would harp on how low his completion percentage was). Other than that, his throws were absolutely perfect. Even his completions were when players had absolutely perfect coverage and he threw it where only his receiver could catch it. Everyone talks about how basic and terrible the ravens offensive scheme is (the Texans were practically laughing at it before the game via their quotes), and it shows when no one gets open. When Cam Cameron was Drew Brees’ offensive coordinator, the Chargers DRAFTED ELI MANNING FIRST OVERALL! What does that tell you about Cam Cameron? I guess Drew Brees is terrible too, right? Tom Brady has no defender within five feet of him on any play, throws three yard passes to WIDE OPEN receivers, and then they proceed to run for an additional 15 yards (or hits a wide open Gronkowski 15 yards downfield), and everyone acts like he’s the greatest player ever. Can anyone list the plays he made that were particularly impressive? He had a great throw to Branch for the TD. Other than that, every pass was to a wide open player. Meanwhile, Flacco had the tremendous throw to Boldin down the sideline which he juggled and made a great catch on, the great back….

    __________________________________

    I wasnt going to read this manifesto until I caught Brady’s name. It amazes me, 12 years in, that people still feel the need to disparage Brady like he’s some journeyman who lucked into every stat he has. 3 yard passes and the receiver does the rest? Brady’s career yards per attempt is 7.51. Aaron Rogers? 8.22. Less than one yard difference. But I guess Rogers receivers are the reason for his success.

    I mean, your argument for Flacco being good and Brady not is that on Saturday Brady didn’t make any throws that impressed you except for one (apparently impressing you is the new measuring stick for greatness) and Flacco made a great throw yesterday. Um, ok. I don’t know who is going to win, the Ravens D is terrific. But you legit sound stupid when you try to make Brady out to be some schlub to try and make Flacco look good.

  60. hopshark says: Jan 16, 2012 12:23 PM

    I want to see Sticky-icky Ricky (TM) get more red zone carries.

  61. mrwilson1234 says: Jan 16, 2012 12:53 PM

    As I recall, last year there was a lot of question about Cam Cameron. Ravens fans were upset over his play calls and more so about his not allowing Joe Flacco to “play” his game.
    Cameron is, from all that I have seen, very predictable. First and second downs give the ball to Ray Rice. This allows Flacco, a quarterback with one great arm, a third and…….
    I wonder about the frustration this gives to Flacco. It would not surprise me if he signs with another team.
    The Ravens have a choice. They can fire Cameron, as he seems unable or unwilling to change. They can allow Joe Flacco play ball and remove the mike.
    My money is on the Ravens. They will beat New England and it should be a great game to watch.

  62. homelanddefense says: Jan 16, 2012 1:04 PM

    please pats fans, show a little humility. Our team had a great game against an average Denver team. Please don’t make it sound like we have the 85 Bears defense all of a sudden. People make up enough stupid reasons to hate the Patriots and our fans, please dont give them legitimate reasons with stupid predictions like 41-13 Patriots.

    Im a Pat’s fan, and yes the D looked better. But Baltimore is the best team we will play to date this year, and I really think its a toss up. I see a 3-5 point win for whichever team doesnt turn the ball over.

  63. neatz says: Jan 16, 2012 1:06 PM

    Keep Dissing Pats,
    There is a reason why Ravens havent won much except One game in what last 10 years.
    The Pats defense is healthy and will have some say in this game.
    Patriots offense is just too good and if the defense shows up like they did agaisnat the best Rushing attack in NFL, we will be ok.

    Pats will be fine, Lets see what Ravens bring.

  64. patsfiend says: Jan 16, 2012 1:40 PM

    NOTE TO STEELER’S FANS

    Stop posting on Pats and Ravens articles.

    You’re team was embarrassed by the pathetic Broncos and manhandled by the tougher Ravens this year. Congrats on your meaningless victory over the Pats, your season highlight.

    Now, sit back and enjoy the AFC Championship game featuring the two best teams (easily) in the AFC this year, and don’t forget to watch those “Dancing With the Stars” re-runs, to re-live your greatest victory of the last 2 years.

  65. kacapaco says: Jan 16, 2012 1:45 PM

    Truth is, Baltimore’s O line has to play way better than y’day; Pat’s defense that got 15 -yes fifteen- negative plays on that tough Bronco O line is way better that the media is preaching; Ravens D is good enough to keep NE to 28 pts. At the end of game, NE will better Balti by a TD.

  66. hopshark says: Jan 16, 2012 2:28 PM

    neatz says:
    “Keep Dissing Pats,
    There is a reason why Ravens havent won much except One game in what last 10 years.
    The Pats defense is healthy and will have some say in this game.
    Patriots offense is just too good and if the defense shows up like they did agaisnat the best Rushing attack in NFL, we will be ok.

    Pats will be fine, Lets see what Ravens bring.”

    Dear Encino Man,
    I appreciate the challenge to decipher your statement and how tough it must be to learn modern-man’s use of English while living in the Marble-Mouth city of Bloston. Go tell Brady that Pauly Shore wants his hair back.. Hope you enjoyed spanking baby-Tebow, cause next stop is on the purple pain-train.

  67. vincentbojackson says: Jan 16, 2012 2:32 PM

    Flacco and his porn-stash will be just fine as long as his defense keeps setting him up in the redzone.

  68. melikefootball says: Jan 16, 2012 2:39 PM

    Come right down to it Ravens were fortunate, they got early Td from a turnover after that the offernse was null. The defense got the IT that was difference. They better step it up this week and they better not think of the last few years where they were beat in the Championship game by Pittsburgh. They have a lot of pressure on them.

  69. homelanddefense says: Jan 16, 2012 2:56 PM

    hopshark, have you even watched a patriots game in the last few months? Brady cut his hair sometime around week 5

  70. thebrownswillalwaysloose says: Jan 16, 2012 7:20 PM

    @wikifpissface
    My point is that if lines don’t block and, receivers don’t catch; It’s not always the QB’s fault. Nice try though lil miss condescending.

  71. sweetzinger says: Jan 16, 2012 8:35 PM

    What was the score in 2009? 33-14 for Baltimore. Expect the same. Like always, this Patriot team is a fraud, just for a different reason this time. They haven’t beaten a team with a winning record all season-and they still have the worst defense. Just stop the TE’s and it will be easy. Get a good pass rush and don’t worry about your Offense. Everyone can score on this Patriot defense. Except Teblow it.

  72. gimmeabruschi says: Jan 16, 2012 9:49 PM

    sweetzinger says: Jan 16, 2012 8:35 PM

    What was the score in 2009? 33-14 for Baltimore. Expect the same. Like always, this Patriot team is a fraud, just for a different reason this time. They haven’t beaten a team with a winning record all season-and they still have the worst defense. Just stop the TE’s and it will be easy. Get a good pass rush and don’t worry about your Offense. Everyone can score on this Patriot defense. Except Teblow it.

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    The Pats are a fraud? The Ravens have made the playoffs 4 of the last 5 years. What do they have to show for it? Pot kettle black.

  73. patriotsssss says: Jan 17, 2012 5:09 AM

    All of you haters are going DOWN. Brady and the patriots STRIKE BACK. This year.

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