The 2012 Baltimore Ravens have had some tests this off season. The biggest news to hurt Ravens fans was the injury to LB Terrell Suggs. T. Sizzle was hurt, well its not clear how he was hurt actually. At first it was reported by playing hoops, then it was reported that he was injured through conditioning or during the season. Regardless, this is a blow to the team, and especially to an aging defense. Suggs was named the 2011 Defensive Player of the Year and wreaked havoc on Olines and QBs. Suggs feels he will make a speedy recovery and is not down for the count this season. Another nail biter for fans is the fact that their star RB Ray Rice may be holding out due to contract issues. Finally, their long time probowl Safety Ed Reed is considering calling it a career. Despite all of this, the Ravens are a premiere team in the league. It will be great to see them pull through it all. Here is more about the 2012 Baltimore Ravens.
Fantasy Football Studs: Ray Rice is still going strong. He ended this season with 1364 yards and 12 TDs. That’s 2nd in the league and a DREAM for Fantasy Footballers and Ravens faithful. Of course the DEF has been a staple for fantasy football. Last year the D ranked 3rd in the league. Not sure how successful this D will be in 2012 due to the questionable return of Ed Reed who is known for INTs, and infamous for taking them to the house. Alos, missing the crushing pressure of Suggs and those sacks will hurt. Hope the next man up for the Ravens is ready. Continue reading
There are many reasons to love football. It gives you action and adventure, comedy and drama, theater and live-action. Many times it’s the things that are said about the game and the players. Action is on the field, and off the field from fans, reporters, bloggers….sometimes from the players themselves. Here are a few lines from us in the 2011 offseason (during the lockout). Funny how things actually played out…
I love Chad, you love Chad…it’s the end zone that no longer welcome’s #85.
The WR core in Detroit starts and ends with Calvin ‘Megatron’ Johnson. He’s the Lions best offensive weapon…..BAR NONE, and he’s only gonna get better.
“Take Ownership” of the offense is what Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome is expecting of QB Joe Flacco this year in Baltimore. Joe may be Cool and he may be the best QB the Ravens have ever had, but this is a RUNNING team! Torrey Smith (University of MD: Stand Up) is the rookie WR drafted this offseason. At 6’1, 204lbs, the Ravens will look to Smith to be the HUGE, PHYSICAL deep threat. Continue reading
Oddly enough, Peyton Manning is not the Manning that boldly faces Tom Brady and pulls out a huge W…it’s Eli. I’ve been the first to criticize Eli in the past (heck, just this summer). I have to admit he’s playing better than he ever has before. If someone told me a QB in that game would come back with a game winning drive, I (like the rest of you) would have assumed that QB would be Tom Brady. Eli was great yesterday. Additionally, Tom Coughlin and that Giants DEF simply have Tom Brady’s number. Speaking of DEF, it didn’t hurt Eli was going against the worst Defense in the league. Who thought one could ever write that about a Bill Belichik Defense?
I cannot tell you the emotional rollercoaster that Philip Rivers put me through yesterday. I made a prediction earlier in the day that said Green Bay would get its first loss due to the hot hand of Rivers, resulting in a breakout performance. It started off pretty well too. He quickly hooked up with Vincent Jackson for a quick score, and things were looking great. But then Rivers happened again! He threw, not one, BUT two Pick 6s. I hadn’t seen anything like since the QB from my favorite team did it against the Lions, earlier this season. I yelled and screamed and vowed that this guy would never see my Fantasy lineups again. But things took a turn that I’ve been waiting for all season. He threw another TD, and another, and ANOTHER, totaling 4 TDs along with 385 yards. He did throw another pick to make it league leading 14 for the year, but I got 35 points from him yesterday. I AM NOT MAD AT THAT!
HE SAID She Said FOOTBALL Week 1
It was the opening day for the NFL regular season and the day had been planned to a tee, even down to the game time meal. J made gumbo (one of my favorites) and put her FOOT in it. (It was spicy and delicious if I do say so myself. Shrimp, Scallops, and of course Maryland Blue Crab were all special components).
We watched the 1pm game between the Baltimore Ravens and I team I did not recognize! What the heck happened to the Pittsburgh Steelers? Prior to the game, we watched a great segment on Sunday NFL countdown regarding that rivalry. It highlighted the heavy hits, the low scoring outcomes, and how the Steelers have dominated the Ravens in tallying up the W’s. There were definitely some HEAVY HITS! Line Backer Jarrett Johnson put a CRUCIAL hit on my man Hines Ward. The Ravens Defense forced 7 turnovers. Roethlisberger (who is usually tough to bring down) was sacked four times, threw three interceptions and lost two fumbles. T Sizzle was all over him. Speaking of defense…let me just say there was NO Steele Curtain. Ray Rice rushed for over 100 yards on the best Defense in the league last year. Congrats to the Ravens for showing up BIG TIME to play! Continue reading