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Guest Post: Is the Aging Baltimore Ravens Defense a Problem?

Jerome Manson is a sports enthusiast who enjoys both watching games and writing about them.  When he is not cheering on his team from the stands, Jerome is blogging and creating content on http://www.selectaticket.com/Super-Bowl” 

While the Baltimore Ravens are sitting pretty with a 3-1 record this year there are still concerns for fans.  So far the Ravens defense has allowed an average of 390 yards per game in what is largely giving up big passing plays. Even rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden was able to put up 314 passing yards in a losing attempt against the Ravens. The Ravens Defense has been the poster child for tough and gritty defense for years now, but are they getting too long in the tooth?

Old Player’s Experience vs Physical Condition

To be clear, “old” is a term used lightly and harshly in the sporting world when players in their late thirties begin to look noticeably slower than their peers in the mid-twenties.  Older players take longer to heal and recover, must work harder to stay in the same physical shape, and can be more prone to injuries, but they come with added experience that makes them formidable. The Ravens boast an immense amount of experience with players like Ed Reed and the prolific Ray Lewis, both of which will probably be inducted into the Hall of Fame after they retire. Which could be soon as Ray Lewis is in his 17th season at 37 years old and Ed Reed is in his 11th NFL season at age 34. These players, and others, give the Baltimore Ravens years of leadership that cannot be ignored.

Stopping the Pass

As mentioned above, the Ravens have struggled to develop an affective pass rush this season. This is in part, or significantly due, to the Ravens missing Terrel Suggs after he tore his Achilles tendon during the offseason.  Suggs had 14 sacks last year and put added pressure on quarterbacks in the early downs. Suggs is expected to return sometime this season, but until that happens the Ravens defense needs to find a way to limit the big passing plays without the ten year veteran.

Causing the Turnovers that Matter

Even without an effective pass rush, the experienced Ravens defense is still coming up with important stops that lets them win games. Down by three against the Patriots with less than three minutes left, the Ravens rallied to stop Tom Brady with two big stops – keeping the Patriots from extending the drive, and setting up Justin Tucker to kick a game winning field goal. In the Week 4 game against the Browns the spread was a little too close for comfort until Ravens  secondary, Cary Williams, intercepted a pass late in the third quarter and returned it for a touchdown which gave Baltimore a much more secure lead. While they Ravens have been making it somewhat difficult on themselves, the defense continues to rise up to the challenge and make big plays happen when they need it.

Even though the Ravens defense is not what it was ten years ago, they are still a force to be reckoned with. Baltimore has consistently been in the playoffs with a large helping hand to stellar defense that is able to limit big offenses. They will have to shape up this year though, as they are giving up too many passing yards on big plays. If Baltimore can manage that, expect another playoff run by the physical team.

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Ladies vs. Fellas: Week 1 2012

Well week 1 is in the books for the He Said She Said Fantasy Football League.  This year we’ve expanded our league from 10 to 12 teams.  Thanks to everyone participating.  Before we reveal our results, let’s reflect on the notable players from this week, shall we?

1.  Even though my Redskins beat the Saints (you read that right) Jimmy Graham is still a BEAST!

2.  God bless you Julio Jones and the 22 points you earned me this week.

3.   The Jets defense came through with the most points of all DEF in this league…and I thank you Jets.  I thank you.

4.   Were you savvy enough to start Michael Bush this week?

5.  Can Matt Ryan pull this off every week?

6.  Cutler to Marshall…they are back!

7.  Shame on you Matthew Stafford!

8.  Shame on you Michael Vick!

9.  A 63 yard kick from Akers and 51 yard kick from Janikowski…major.

10.  Someone in our league did not have a kicker in their lineup…smh

Well look who’s 1-0 just like the Redskins…PLAY ACTION PRINCESS–THAT’S WHO!


2012 Preview: Houston Texans

If there is one team set up for success, it’s the 2012 Houston Texans.  For the first time in a long time (ever actually), people expect them to walk away with the AFC South.  With the healthy return of both QB Matt Schaub and WR Andre Johnson, this should be an exciting season for fans of the Texans.  Now that much improved defense did suffer a huge loss with DE Mario Williams who the Texans drafted with the #1 overall pick of the 2006 NFL Draft.  This year, the Texans utilized their #1 pick (26th this year) on Williams’ replacement: DE Whitney Mercilus out of Illinois.  When defensive coordinator, Wade Phillips put his name in the game to interview for the Tampa Bay head coach position, I know fans were worried.   Looks like he will hang around for the Texans to make a splash in the AFC.  Here is more from the 2012 Houston Texans.

Fantasy Football Studs:  Houston’s roster is a great place to start enhancing your fantasy football roster.  Arian Foster has solidified himself as a bona fide stud in reality and fantasy.  He has been the number 1 fantasy back the last two seasons.  He put together a 1200 plus yard season and double-digit TDs in just 13 games.   His backup, Ben Tate, would be a starting RB if it wasn’t for Foster.  He still managed just under 1000 yards in his second string roll.  Also, a big part of the Texans high-powered offense is QB Matt Schaub.  You could do worse, actually far worse.  Schaub is a great quarterback and deserves to be on the top of the not quite so elite list of QBs.  Lastly, Andre Johnson, when on the field, is as good as it gets at WR:  big, tall, fast, but unfortunately, brittle.  He only managed to play in 7 games last year, and 13 the year before that.  In fact, in 9 seasons, there were only 5 where all 16 were played?  Stud, but proceed with caution.

Area of Strength:  Arian Foster and Ben Tate kept the run game pretty action packed in 2011.  Together they combined for a total of  2166 yards and 14 TD.  As a fantasy owner, Foster had me cheering practically every Sunday.  Foster just signed a new contract in March.  I don’t see any signs of him slowing down. 

Area of Weakness:  The Texans have a couple of weaknesses.  Outside of Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels, there are no good options at WR.  Kevin Walter is too hit or miss.  But the biggest weakness became even weaker with the departure of Mario Williams and DeMeco Ryans.  Granted, the Texans D was decent enough last year, especially after the 2010 debacle of the NFL’s worse defenses.  But without those two defensive standouts, its hard to say what the defense will be like this year. It will probably be good enough to win the division, but as I see it, the Texans will have to score a lot on offense to win most of their games.

2012 Marquee Matchups:   Aside from the divisional games, the Texans have a few other match ups. Week 3 comes perhaps their first real test of the season as they head to Denver to face Peyton Manning and the Broncos (still sounds weird).  The Texans also host Baltimore Week 7 just before their bye week.  Thanksgiving Day, they will be in Motor City to play the Lions.  Dec 10th live on MNF, the Texans go up to New England and deal with Tom Brady and the Pats. 

All Things Houston Texans: There are many ways to keep up with the 2012 Houston Texans.  Here are a few…

Blogs: Battle Red Blog http://www.battleredblog.com/; Toro Times http://torotimes.com/ Texans Talk http://www.texanstalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=88554

Apps: Houston Texans Mobile for iPhone and iPad (by YinzCam/Texans)

Fan Clubs:  The official fan club for the Hosuton Texans can be found on www.houstontexans.com under Fan Zone.  The Texans also have a fan club just for female fans: The Battle Red Ladies http://www.houstontexans.com/fan-zone/battle-red-ladies.html


LADIES VS FELLAS WEEK 10!

Whelp after 10 weeks Ladies, we have clinched our first playoff spot!  Congratulations to the 9-1 Domin8 Trix for already solidifying her bye week and top billing playoff spot! 

Further congrats to all the Ladies! We were sooooo close to pulling off a true sweep this time.  Then I had to go and lose to Ballers Unorthodoks.  Shout out to him-as he posted, he is staging “the biggest comeback in history”.  This man went from ashy to classy…

We are still holding down 4 of the 6 playoff spots 1. Domin8 Trix, 2. Girl Behaving Badly, 3. STAR Studded, and 6. Play Action Princess!  Let’s keep doing out thing ladies…these fellas do NOT want it! Continue reading


LADIES VS FELLAS WEEK 9

Ladies, I almost had a picture of a broom up here…almost.  Ballers Unorthodoks is coming back like fashion trends.  He handed us our only loss (and barely)!  Next, the game between your commish (DNasty) and DC turned out to be a tie with the last play of the Ravens vs Steelers game.  Our record against the men this week is 3-1-1…Every game really did come down to the wire!  You ladies are real bad-MICHAEL JACKSON

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LADIES VS FELLAS WEEK 5

What an interesting week!  While the men TRIED to keep it a bit more competitive, the women still pulled it out 3-2.  The big winner again this week?  You guessed it-Domin8 Trix leading all teams with 132 points.  Her choke hold on the #1 spot is something serious!  Another lovely lady holding it down at 5-0 is Girl Behaving Badly.  These ladies are the only 2 undefeated teams in the whole league! Continue reading


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