Re: Anybody else worried about Ravens?
posted at 1/14/2013 11:18 AM EST
Other than when we got destroyed by BAL in 2009, the games have always been close.
Even in '07, when the Pats were undefeated and Bal was sub 500 the game was close
Flacco almost led a game winning drive in '09 (Clayton drop), '11 (Lee Evans drop), and he actually led the drive this season.
I said this on another thread, but Flacco has a little bit of Eli in him. He's frustratingly inconsistent but very capable of making big plays.
Things that have changed: Pats no longer have Gronk. He played an integral part in blocking Suggs and even Ngata at times last season. Suggs played well against Den and could be trouble against us.
LaDarius Webb is missing. They're best cb, Cary Williams, is honestly not very good. I have friends who are Bal fans who can't stand him. Pats targeted him a lot in the first game, kind of expect the same this week. However, I thought the Broncos WRs would abuse that secondary, which didn't happen.
Patriots secondary isn't swiss cheese anymore. We no longer have to rely on Sterling Moore and Edelman to make plays. Remember, Boldin covered Boldin for a percentage of snaps.
We don't know how gassed the Ravens are. They've played 87+ snaps the last two weeks and are riding a wave of emotion. You would expect 1 of 2 outcomes: They continue to ride that emotion or they will run out of steam.
This is Ray Lewis' last game. Ravens are tight in the cap and owe Flacco money, it will also probably be Ed Reed's last game with the Ravens. I've read reports that Boldin could become a salary cap casualty. This is the Ravens last stand.
Pats are the better team, but I expect the Ravens to come out extremely focused. Pats could be in trouble if they don't match the intensity level