Report: Ravens open at Denver

Reuters

The leaks have begun.

With the schedule set to be officially released at 8:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com reports that the Ravens will open the season at Denver on Thursday, September 5.

The Ravens-Broncos game otherwise would have been televised by CBS at some point later in the year.  (CBS presumably isn’t thrilled about losing that game.)

The Ravens lost the opportunity to open the season at home due to a game scheduled that same night between the Chicago White Sox and the Baltimore Orioles, in a stadium that shares a parking lot with the place where the Ravens play.

The Ravens reportedly prefer playing on the road for the traditional Thursday night opener involving the defending Super Bowl champion instead of playing at home later in the weekend, in part because they want the 10-day break that comes with playing in the first game of the year.  Since they’ll have to play in Denver at some point in the 2013 regular season, they may as well get it out of the way early, with a full and complete opportunity to prepare for a rematch with Peyton Manning and company.

It’s the most compelling game the Ravens could have played on the road to start the season.  Baltimore upset Denver in the playoffs, after the Broncos had won 11 games in a row by seven or more points.  Then, the Broncos cut defensive end Elvis Dumervil as an effort to reduce his cap number went haywire, and Dumervil eventually decided that, if he can’t beat the Ravens, he’ll join them.

Apparently, he’ll be joining them in Denver.

109 responses to “Report: Ravens open at Denver

  1. If this is anything like the Boston bombing info leaks, the next post will be “Ravens not opening up in Denver”.

  2. Wouldve preferred Chicago since I would be in town at that time for the game but it’ll be good to get this out the way early. I thought i would never be warm again after the Denver playoff game last January.

    Anyway maximum time to prepare for an altitude road game and some time off for week 2. Ravens have historically been a great week 1 team and a terrible week 2 team.

  3. Too bad the Ravens couldn’t open at home, that is a great tradition, but what a way to open the season, at Denver and all eyes on those two for a potential AFC Championship rematch. Too bad it’s not tonight!!

  4. I’m still confused as to why the Ravens couldn’t just play at home on Wednesday, September 4th.

  5. NFL gets what they wanted all along, and RavensNation is forced to bend over and says, “ahhhhh..” The Rooney organization would never have allowed this to happen to the Stillers, Never!

  6. Not sure I understand the importance of a 10-day break to START the season.
    Secondly, why presume a Denver-Baltimore game would not have been an ESPN Monday Night game or a Sunday Night game on NBC at some point, later in the season?
    Regardless, looks like a great game to start the season, even though a Super Bowl winner opening on the road seems a bit absurd by recent standards…

  7. bobzilla1001 says:
    Apr 18, 2013 2:10 PM
    Not sure I understand the importance of a 10-day break to START the season.
    Secondly, why presume a Denver-Baltimore game would not have been an ESPN Monday Night game or a Sunday Night game on NBC at some point, later in the season?
    Regardless, looks like a great game to start the season, even though a Super Bowl winner opening on the road seems a bit absurd by recent standards…
    ________________________________

    Why would you EVER turn down a 10-day break?
    Start, end, middle of the season. A 10-day break is a 10-day break. If they started on the weekend like everyone else what’s the real perk of being the Super Bowl champ. Especially when it’s been done for years before you.

  8. The Ravens whiners are out. If you are going to be all bent out of shape about this, then take it out on the baseball team. But hey, Ravens fans LOVE to complain.

  9. Let me be on record to say this will probably be the worse loss of the season for the Ravens. True, lets get it out of the way but with a way weaker defense vs a 2nd year Manning led offense with Welker, newly signed Vasquez to solidify an already good running O-Line, not to mention the Ravens won’t be cohesive at all with all the new players….42-17 mid way the 4th quarter with Fox resting the starters.

  10. ravens4fr says:
    Apr 18, 2013 2:06 PM
    NFL gets what they wanted all along, and RavensNation is forced to bend over and says, “ahhhhh..” The Rooney organization would never have allowed this to happen to the Stillers, Never!
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    Right, because the Pirates wouldn’t screw the Steelers over the way the Orioles have the Ravens. It’s ridiculous they’re doing that to their hometown championship team.

  11. Too bad the Ravens are going to blow this season.

    The Broncos will dominate.

    Not a Broncos or a Ravens fan so I am just calling it as I see it: the Ravens lost too much depth to repeat.

  12. They were going to play Denver on the road anyway. Why does it matter if it’s week 1? Should actually help them. They can start preparing for altitude now and it might not only be 5 degrees for the game like it would be later in the season if they went there. This game will be great!

  13. “I expected the Rocky Mountains to be a little rockier than this.” ~ Harry Dunn

  14. louisianapacker says:
    Apr 18, 2013 2:15 PM
    any reference to what happened in Boston is classless.
    ___________________________

    Nice reference to what happened in Boston…

    Oh, wait. D’oh!

  15. First of all it wasn’t just up to the Orioles to make the call. The Whitesox and MLB refused to sign off.

    Second, if given the opportunity to have all offseason to prepare for Peyton was offered, who would turn it down? If the opportunity to fly across the country and play at that altitude in September versus December was offered, who would turn it down? If givne 10 days instead of 6 or 7 was offered, who would turn it down?

    As for those already chalking this up as a cakewalk for the Broncs, just remember that feeling you had when Tuckers kick sailed through the uprights and we were going to the AFC Champsionship.

    Go on… count us out. See what happens.

  16. Tell me one quality player we’ve lost and haven’t replaced. And don’t give me the leadership card because all you same people said last year that the were “too old” so don’t tell me now we need them.

  17. Sorry to say it ravens fans but Peyton is still mad at last years divisional games Baltimore has no shot in this year Raheem Moore is gonna learn to back up on cover 2 and for the second year in a row the Super Bowl champs will lose on opening week

  18. Ya mean ya couldn’t open at FedEx Field? Ya coulda tested the field for the rest of us. No broken ankles or torn ACL’s, we woulda known it was all right. Whassamatter those people in DC, don’t wanna sell a few thousand extra tickets?

  19. Maybe this time Denver will have the common sense to actually drop guys deep with a minute less and the opponent needing a TD. Instead of charity gifting no coverage to the quarterback so he can heave up a Hail Mary bomb.

    The overpaying of mediocre Flacco will show up, and without Boldin to pluck the jump-ball passes, Baltimore will go down hard. Denver 24, Baltimore 9.

  20. I hate both these teams but it is dumb to have denver on prime time again they had so many last year i think Steelers and Ravens would have been better to open the season

  21. What a crock…the Orioles can’t change their schedule for the defending champs? And who cares if they share a parking lot…are there really that many baseball fans? Way to not have enough foresight to look ahead Baltimore.

    This is going to be a sickening year if you’re a Donkey hater…I bet MegaHead and his cronies get at least six primetime games this season. You know besides this one, it will be NE, NY Giants and Indy…and the NFL will add a couple more just so they can parade their little darling around.

    Utterly disgusting.

  22. One extra positive for the Ravens to open in Denver is that Denver represented the longest traveling distance for the Ravens for the entire season. Getting that out of the way for week 1 will help the team long term since they won’t have to travel further west than Chicago the rest of the season.

    And the game itself will be great, though I also agree that Peyton will be the focus of the game unfortunately.

  23. logicalvoicesays says:Apr 18, 2013 2:08 PM

    And that’s the bottom line because Peter Angelos said so! #RedskinswearthePantsinMD

    RedskinswearthePantsinMD ?

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

    Who won the Super Bowl last Year?

    Who got punked in the first round of the playoffs last year?

    Man do you sound silly….

  24. Ozzie challenged the press yesterday in his pre-draft conference to say the Ravens won’t make the playoffs. NONE DID!!!! Denver is the first stop on the way to a repeat world championship. Peyton and his new toy Wes, I can’t make a clinching catch against the Raven’s in the playoffs, should both get ready to be mauled by the NEW AND IMPROVED Ravens Defense.

    We already know what the Superbowl MVP and the offense can do against Denver.

    Black and Purple on the road or home don’t mean a thing cause we still got that RING!!!!!

  25. tyler200829 says:

    Tell me one quality player we’ve lost and haven’t replaced. And don’t give me the leadership card because all you same people said last year that the were “too old” so don’t tell me now we need them.
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    This is humorous. Where do we start?
    Joe Flacco contract uses up a huge amount of cap space.
    Anquan Boldin, the only thing that made Flacco last year by catching desperation jump balls is gone for a 6th round pick.
    Linebackers Ray Lewis, Dannell Ellerbe and
    sack-leader Paul Kruger, all gone, gone and gone.
    The bleeding didn’t stop there.
    The secondary was decimated with Cornerback Cary Williams and safeties Bernard Pollard and Reed all gone, gone and gone.
    The Ravens have lost their top receiver from a year ago, their top pass-rusher in 2012, the player who was expected to lead the team in tackles and potentially three-fourths of their starting secondary. All gone.
    Elvis Dumervil and Michael Huff are going to try and replace this loss?
    The Ravens will start with a loss and then add seven more to the L column before it’s through.
    Meanwhile, the Broncos may well go 16-0 in the regular season and then lose at home on a cold lonely day in January.
    Neither team will be in the Super Bowl…..

  26. reed20fence says:Apr 18, 2013 2:34 PM

    As for those already chalking this up as a cakewalk for the Broncs, just remember that feeling you had when Tuckers kick sailed through the uprights and we were going to the AFC Champsionship.
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    Oh, burn. That is just fantastic.

  27. shickenchit says:
    Apr 18, 2013 2:52 PM
    E

    Any WR is going to have a fun against the weak Ravens’ secondary. You guys will truly miss Reed and Pollard.

    ______________________________

    Ed Reed can’t tackle and has no closing speed now. Pollard can’t cover and only goes for sexy big hits, which he misses more often than not.

    Our secondary has improved with Huff and Webb coming back.

    Try again.

  28. YESSIR! Broncos bout to get all up in FLUKKO! The entire country gets to witness the ratbirds being exposed for frauds!

  29. Booooo. This is a game that screams mid-December in a Mile High snowstorm for playoff positioning.

  30. The guy who keeps using that lame, tired “Jump Ball Joe” line really needs to get some new material…..or watch some football so that might know what he’s talking about.

  31. h3min1230 says: Apr 18, 2013 2:09 PM

    HAHAHAHAHAH!

    Chalk up a loss for the Ravens.

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    Kind of like last season in the playoffs right?

    Seriously I wish people would be subjected to some sort of maturity test to be able to speak their mind on PFT.

  32. Really NFL? The Ravens beat Denver in the first round…on their way to winning it all. And what reward do they get from the schedulers? Another road game to Denver. That’s just pathetic.

  33. beauregard says:
    Apr 18, 2013 3:08 PM

    This is humorous. Where do we start?
    Joe Flacco contract uses up a huge amount of cap space.
    Anquan Boldin, the only thing that made Flacco last year by catching desperation jump balls is gone for a 6th round pick.
    Linebackers Ray Lewis, Dannell Ellerbe and
    sack-leader Paul Kruger, all gone, gone and gone.
    The bleeding didn’t stop there.
    The secondary was decimated with Cornerback Cary Williams and safeties Bernard Pollard and Reed all gone, gone and gone.
    The Ravens have lost their top receiver from a year ago, their top pass-rusher in 2012, the player who was expected to lead the team in tackles and potentially three-fourths of their starting secondary. All gone.
    Elvis Dumervil and Michael Huff are going to try and replace this loss?
    The Ravens will start with a loss and then add seven more to the L column before it’s through.
    Meanwhile, the Broncos may well go 16-0 in the regular season and then lose at home on a cold lonely day in January.
    Neither team will be in the Super Bowl.

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    1. Flacco’s cap hit in 2013 is $6.8 million. This news is so old I’m pi$$ed off I have to keep telling idiots like you this.

    2. Boldin would have been cut had he not been traded since he was due $7 million and refused to take a pay cut. Are you telling me he’s worth $7 million?

    3. Lewis retired because he turns 38 next month. I’m sure you’re equally quick to point out that he hasn’t been nearly as effective as he used to be in years. If he came back this season I’m sure you’d be saying he’s old, slow, and past his prime.

    And I assume you’re also willing to say that the Dolphins and Browns didn’t overpay for Ellerbe and Kruger, right? Ellerbe missed 7 games during the season due to injury, and Kruger had more sacks last season alone than he did his entire career prior to 2012.

    4. Ed Reed – see my comments on Ray Lewis, except for Lewis retiring.

    Cary Williams turned down a contract from the Ravens prior to 2012, and the Ravens have Webb coming back in addition to Corey Graham, Chykie Brown, and Jimmy Smith. Williams was expendable.

    And Bernard Pollard? The guy was a walking personal foul penalty for unnecessary roughness or face-masking. Let him go.

    5. The Ravens brought in more than just Dumervil and Huff. They also brought in Marcus Spears and Chris Canty to help on the D-line, which will allow Haloti Ngata to move to his native nose tackle position. These signings were subtle moves that someone with a fairly astute sense of football would understand, which I guess is beyond your sense.

    I don’t know what kind of prediction to make in terms of wins for the Ravens in 2013, but they are reigning Super Bowl champions, which means they are still the team to beat in their division, their conference, and the entire league.

  34. Having games played on Christmas regularly, but not scheduling them on Rosh Hashanah is another example of political correctness run amok. No more games on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or Hanukkah… And none on Columbus Day… Tony Soprano might be offended.

  35. Thanks to Goodell, I will deliberating going to the Orioles game that night and I could care less if they are 20 games out of first. Obviously the NFL won’t be losing anything if one person decides not to watch, but Goodell is bringing this league to a slow death. I’m boycotting Goodell any chance I get.

  36. beauregard shows what you know. Flacco will make only 8 million this year, but nice try bud. Anquan Boldin had only 4 TDs last year before that playoff run, nice try bud. Cary Williams and Bernard Pollard were terrible in coverage and Ed Reed only has one arm to make tackles and is a distraction on and off the field, nice try bud. Ray Lewis is my all time favorite player, but he was not playing near as well as he used to and needed to go. Kruger had 1.5 sacks before Suggs came back, so wrong again. Not mention we added Dumervil, a top pass rusher in the league. We added Chris Canty and Marcus Spears to rotate in the D line with Ngata, McPhee, Upshaw, Aurthur Jones, and Terrence Cody. Michael Huff is if not an upgrade, an equal trade in replacing Pollard. Huff is much better in coverage. Add to that our 11 picks, 4 from our free agent departures. Most importantly don’t forget that we pick number 32 as the WORLD CHAMPS

  37. “Denver and all eyes on those two for a potential AFC Championship rematch. ”

    When did Denver play in the AFC Championship game? 2005? The Patriots and Ravens are the two teams that have played in the last two AFC title games.

  38. Used to be check down joe, now jump ball joe lol how about just Super Bowl MVP?

    Don’t forget Peyton needed his defense to step up to get his only ring and against Rex grossman at that lol

    Denver will probably crush the regular season and probably lose to an underdog in the playoffs

    It’s the (non Eli) manning way

  39. PPL makes seem that Broncis dominated that game throughout the night, two two kickoff return TDs helps them cuz that game would have never being close. Anyone that thinks this is an easy win for Denver must be smoking blunt!!!

  40. The fact that ravenator calls him ‘Joe “Montana” Flacco’ should tell you everything you need to know about his delusional ways. If we weren’t all convinced enough.
    Flacco better play all season the way he managed to for 4 playoff games because his contract, regardless of the 2013 cap hit, will not allow him to survive yet another so-so regular season full of 175-yd passing games.
    Seems so long ago that Ray Rice actually got his name mentioned as the key to their offense. All it takes is a few games of Caldwell pulling his usual ‘8-12 carries’ nonsense with Rice to remind everyone how mediocre Joe really is.

  41. Seriously I wish people would be subjected to some sort of maturity test to be able to speak their mind on PFT.

    But that would eliminate 90% of the raven trolls on PFT. Don’t I wish it were so.

  42. Major slap in the face of True Raven fans! No other NFL team would have to go through this or abide this insult. Maybe the mayor of the city doesn’t care about the team except on parade day!

  43. Great we can shut up the doubters since all eyes will be on this game, specifically the denver fans who think the only reason they lost was because of Raheem Moore misplaying a ball on one play….

  44. People make me lol already making assumptions & giving their final projected scores we haven’t even got to the draft, training camp or even preseason. Injuries are going to happen sooner or later. What’s funny is most of these people running their mouths are the ones who already claimed the Bronco’s as SB champs last yr look where that got you. Sorry but the broncos are beatable & gotta love how the NFL tailors to players like Peyton Manning & Tom Brady every single yr! Gets old!

  45. I love it. Get a tough road game out of the way early and get extra rest for week 2. That’s how champions think, people. Can’t wait to repeat. Man it feels good to be the best team in the world.

    Champs

    Out

  46. This is not a big deal. Ravens will have time to prepare for the broncos, and then get 10 days off till week 2. I’m glad to get this road game out of the way in week 1. Bronco fans, don’t think this will be easy. You’ll want revenge. You’ve been disappointed before.

  47. Dumervil unloads on P. Manning, Broncos lose signal caller for 5 weeks….Tebow called back to Denver from mission work in Tibet, leads Bronco’s deep into playoffs with a 76% completion pct……

    Broncos waive Manning, Tebow is the man once again in the mile high city……HALLLELUAH!!!!!!

    Thank you, thank you very much…..

    see yeah.

  48. steelcurtainn says:
    Apr 18, 2013 2:19 PM
    “Well thats 0-1 for the ravens. The seasons already starting off a wreck……should be more to follow”

    Just because the steelers cant beat the broncos in denver (even when the qb is tebow) doesn’t mean the ravens can’t.

  49. Bigbenowns is begging for steelers to play in Baltimore week 2. He probably forgot that ravens have won 3 out of the last 4. Maybe forgot Ravens have won the last 2 AFCN titles. I would be careful what you wish for.

  50. Rice disappeared in the playoffs

    And Caldwell fed him the ball 20 times a game regardless

    Flacco put a bad defense and a sputtering run offense (doesn’t count if you do well against the colts run d) on his back and won a SB

    Good thing is with pierce coming up the ravens have something te steelers don’t: options in te run game

  51. You’ve gotta play 8 home and 8 away. Who cares which is first. The Ravens are a good road team and the Broncos will be ready. Should be a great game where ever it’s played.

  52. hey loserburg! 4 of those rings were before
    the RAVENS were even in the leauge.if they
    were things would be different,we would have at last 6….

  53. Poor Steelers fans. They have nothing to wish for but the misery of others. The funny part is that the Ravens will be leading the AFC North before the Steelers call their first coin toss, which is the only thing they have a chance of winning this year.

  54. Spankygreen: and the fact that so many Tebow fans actually believe that is the reason Tebow has turned into such a spectacular train wreck in the nfl. If Tebow were just a regular player he’d be given a chance to develop as someone’s number 3, but instead he has this massive legion of fans (many of whom know nothing about football but love him because of his religion) who think he’s the greatest QB to ever play in the league, and think its some massive conspiracy that’s keeping him and his 49% completion average on the sidelines, and that is why he’s radioactive to every single nfl team and he’s about to be an ex football player.

    Oh and the Broncos win by 3 touchdowns in this one, Elvis will be completely shut down by Clady or Big O and the Broncos will run the ball right at him all game.

  55. Who’s going to cover Welker and Dekker? Thomas? Ladarius Webb and his bum knees? Manning says he wants to play faster this year offensively.

    Broncos 34
    Ravens 17

  56. hey loserburg! 4 of those rings were before
    the RAVENS were even in the leauge.if they
    were things would be different,we would have at last 6….
    ———————–

    You were in the league. You were the Cleveland Browns. Who did you root for, Ravens fan? That’s what I thought. Cut the fresh tags off your shirt and then maybe you can think to speak to the rest of fanbases that have been intact for more than 17 years. Baltimore will never win another Super Bowl. Write it down.

  57. As a Bengals fan, it’s nice to hear the Ravens will be opening the season with a loss.

  58. morganstan100 says:
    Apr 18, 2013 5:00 PM
    Poor Steelers fans. They have nothing to wish for but the misery of others. The funny part is that the Ravens will be leading the AFC North before the Steelers call their first coin toss, which is the only thing they have a chance of winning this year.

    4 0 I am glad you have a handle for the head that’s up your a–. Funny how you obsess about the steelers…but with two handles we may have to pay for living inside your little mind.

  59. Let me get this out of the way as a life long broncos fan dumerville was one of my favorite broncos.

    Now that being said…. when did dumerville become an elite NFL pass rusher in Baltimore when in denver everyone said he was only a compliment to von miller and just getting pressure due to miller receiving all the double teams?

  60. zidanevalor your stuiped it was because the baltimore baseball team shares the same parking lot and baseball relesed the schedule before nfl did

  61. when did dumerville become an elite NFL pass rusher in Baltimore when in denver everyone said he was only a compliment to von miller and just getting pressure due to miller receiving all the double teams?

    He became elite in 07 and 09 when he notched 17 sacks…. while Von was still in college.

  62. It’s already ridiculous enough that the Ravens have to play on the road in the season opener. It’s even more ridiculous that it has to be against a Super Bowl contender. They really couldn’t have scheduled a weaker opponent for them?

  63. jrebar88 says:
    Apr 18, 2013 3:12 PM
    YESSIR! Broncos bout to get all up in FLUKKO! The entire country gets to witness the ratbirds being exposed for frauds!

    _____________________________

    Oh yeah baby! Just like they did in the playo…oops. My bad, the Broncos were eliminated by FLUKKO…and he has a SB ring!

  64. So Flacco should thank Moore?? So i guess every offensive player should thank every defensive player on every play they gain alot of yards or score a td on every big gain and td its cause the defensive player was wrong some kind of way ao thats what your sayingright lmao!!! I love reading salty comments

  65. The ravens start 0-1 on their way to a 5-11 season. Bad choice betting on flacco to carry your team.

  66. southpaw2k says:
    Apr 18, 2013 3:37 PM

    1. Flacco’s cap hit in 2013 is $6.8 million. This news is so old I’m pi$$ed off I have to keep telling idiots like you this.

    2. Boldin would have been cut had he not been traded since he was due $7 million and refused to take a pay cut. Are you telling me he’s worth $7 million?

    3. Lewis retired because he turns 38 next month. I’m sure you’re equally quick to point out that he hasn’t been nearly as effective as he used to be in years. If he came back this season I’m sure you’d be saying he’s old, slow, and past his prime.

    4. Ed Reed – see my comments on Ray Lewis, except for Lewis retiring.

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    1. No, how many times do I have to remind YOU IDIOTS that players don’t just sign ONE YEAR contracts — so who CARES what Flacco is “only making next year”? The fact is, guys sign 3 and 5 year deals. Tell me, smart guy, what’s Flacco due to make in 3 years? 5 years? Because THAT’S what the Ravens have to worry about paying OTHER players — when they want to sign them for 3 or 5 years! So your tired, old and wrong “Joe’s only counting ___ against the cap next year” ploy is really pretty lame. It’s what Flacco will be making 3-5 years from now that matters. Duh.

    2. Boldin is not only worth $7 mil, he should be paid more than Flacco, since he’s the guy who takes Flacco’s blind jump-ball heaves and turns them into gold. Without Boldin and Jones to bail out Flacco, the Ravens go nowhere.

    3. So it’s lame of people to point out how old Ray Lewis was, but it’s fine for Ravens fans to do the same with Ed Reed — now that he’s gone, of course. Funny, just a couple months ago Reed was the all-time greatest, now suddenly he’s old and busted, since he left the team for Houston. You Ravens fans are TOO hilarious!

  67. thesteelers says: Apr 18, 2013 2:48 PM

    6 rings.

    HAHAHAHAHA @ YOU
    __________________________________

    The NFL also announced that all Steelers games will be broadcast on the History Channel due to their fans constantly talking about the past.

  68. The past is all the Steelers fans have. There is no future for this hapless bunch of ragamuffins and their unruly fans. And with their FO running around like chickens with their heads cut off — there is certainly no present.

  69. ampatsisahypocrite says:
    Apr 18, 2013 9:00 PM
    southpaw2k says:
    Apr 18, 2013 3:37 PM

    1. Flacco’s cap hit in 2013 is $6.8 million. This news is so old I’m pi$$ed off I have to keep telling idiots like you this.

    2. Boldin would have been cut had he not been traded since he was due $7 million and refused to take a pay cut. Are you telling me he’s worth $7 million?

    3. Lewis retired because he turns 38 next month. I’m sure you’re equally quick to point out that he hasn’t been nearly as effective as he used to be in years. If he came back this season I’m sure you’d be saying he’s old, slow, and past his prime.

    4. Ed Reed – see my comments on Ray Lewis, except for Lewis retiring.

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    1. No, how many times do I have to remind YOU IDIOTS that players don’t just sign ONE YEAR contracts — so who CARES what Flacco is “only making next year”? The fact is, guys sign 3 and 5 year deals. Tell me, smart guy, what’s Flacco due to make in 3 years? 5 years? Because THAT’S what the Ravens have to worry about paying OTHER players — when they want to sign them for 3 or 5 years! So your tired, old and wrong “Joe’s only counting ___ against the cap next year” ploy is really pretty lame. It’s what Flacco will be making 3-5 years from now that matters. Duh.

    2. Boldin is not only worth $7 mil, he should be paid more than Flacco, since he’s the guy who takes Flacco’s blind jump-ball heaves and turns them into gold. Without Boldin and Jones to bail out Flacco, the Ravens go nowhere.

    3. So it’s lame of people to point out how old Ray Lewis was, but it’s fine for Ravens fans to do the same with Ed Reed — now that he’s gone, of course. Funny, just a couple months ago Reed was the all-time greatest, now suddenly he’s old and busted, since he left the team for Houston. You Ravens fans are TOO hilarious!

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    1. Wrong AGAIN. The Ravens intentionally designed Flacco’s contract to jump in its cap number in three years so the contract could be renegotiated at that time. Guess what happens between now and then? Suggs and Ngata – the Ravens’ two biggest cap hits on the team by far – will both be off the books by then. The Ravens will have a lot of money to play with at that time. On top of that, why does it even matter what money is on the books three years from now? The Ravens are hardly the only team who runs things this way. It’s actually smart business considering Flacco’s age, and the amount of youth the Ravens have on the offensive side of the ball (Bernard Pierce, Dennis Pitta, Torrey Smith, etc).

    2. I loved Boldin when he played in Baltimore. He was absolutely a clutch guy and a great leader, but there’s no way in hell he’s worth $7 million. Do you realize he caught only 4 TDs in the regular season? Do you also realize he’s scheduled to make more money than Reggie Wayne or Larry Fitzgerald next season? He wouldn’t take a pay cut, so the Ravens traded him away. Again, smart business decision.

    3. Who said anything about it being “lame”? I loved Reed too, but the Ravens were also right to let him go. He wasn’t worth the kind of money he wanted, and his best years are well behind him. I would have loved to see him retire a Raven, but God bless him for choosing to play more and get paid elsewhere. Doesn’t change the fact that he is still one of the all-time greats at his position, but he also isn’t nearly as effective as he was when he was 28.

  70. all steeler fans come here and say what is GOING to happen this year. They have so much hate, they end up hoping, wishing, & praying. Isn’t this post about “Ravens opening at Denver”?

  71. Jack,
    If you were a Steelers fan, you might be bitter, angry, and jealous all the time, too. They have nothing to look forward to but 16 weeks of frustration and disappointment. The team hasn’t had an encouraging season in five years and no one pays attention to that hackneyed “we’ve got six rings” drivel anymore. I have one word of advice for Steelers fan: YIKES!

  72. Oh thank you Lord! It will be good to see these Ravens fans shut up right off of the bat. This team as a whole has beaten Peyton Manning what, twice in his career? And this last time took a miracle of a hail mary to tie the game and there were still 2 very controversial turnovers and non-calls that were needed to keep the Ravens close enough to make that hail mary! Denver will be chomping at the bit to get to these punks and to remind them of the gift they got in the playoffs, and that was the last time Peyton goes down to those ratbirds ever again!

  73. salutethis says:
    Apr 22, 2013 4:59 AM
    Oh thank you Lord! It will be good to see these Ravens fans shut up right off of the bat. This team as a whole has beaten Peyton Manning what, twice in his career? And this last time took a miracle of a hail mary to tie the game and there were still 2 very controversial turnovers and non-calls that were needed to keep the Ravens close enough to make that hail mary! Denver will be chomping at the bit to get to these punks and to remind them of the gift they got in the playoffs, and that was the last time Peyton goes down to those ratbirds ever again!
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    Wow! Make excuses much? I’m sure you’ll have 2 kick returns for touchdowns too right? You better hope so because 21 points on offense like the playoff game won’t cut it. Good luck excuse boy!

  74. One more thing salutethis. SBMVP Joe Flacco’s pass was not a “hail mary”. Also, what does losing to Manning in the past have anything to do with the last game? I would be carefull with your predictions. You might look foolish

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