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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.


She Said: Emotional Monday Morning Quarterbacking

For those of you new to our blog (thanks for reading by the way), I am a fan of the Washington Redskins.   For the overwhelming majority of my adult life, this has not been a fun fact.  I’ve grown accustomed to being nervous every single Sunday watching the Redskins play.  I am also used to “fans” falling in and out of love with the team.  For over a decade, I’ve listened to sports talk radio.  Fans for the Washington Redskins (including yours truly) are emotionally unstable.  Every week, it seems like we are calling for someone to get fired or cut.  After the first 4 games of 2012 alone, I’ve heard for the firing/cutting of both Mike and Kyle Shannahan, Danny Smith (special teams coach),  WR Josh Morgan, CB DeAngelo Hall, and new to this list: kicker Billy Cundiff.  

Typically, I believe in giving players/coaches multiple chances and opportunities to perform well before I jump out there and yell “GET RID OF HIM!”.  Even a few weeks ago when seemingly all of Redskins nation wanted to cut Josh Morgan for his mental mistake in St. Louis, I kept pretty level-headed.  Well friends…yesterday I was one of the crazies!  After watching Billy Cundiff miss 3 field goals before making the game winner, I was enraged!  Even though Cundiff hit the game winner, I still wanted the Redskins to board the plane home and leave Cundiff in Tampa.  Like seriously Leave. Him. There.   Continue reading


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Ladies vs. Fellas: Week 3 2012

A wild week indeed!  After 3 weeks, we have another new leader in our Fantasy Football League.  Before we reveal our results, here are 10 things about Week 3 fantasy performances:

1.  Chris Johnson is useless

2.  Torrey Smith BALLED Sunday night!  Praying for his family

3.  Will Tashard Choice be viable in place of Jackson and Spiller?

4.  I knew it would be a big week for AJ Green 😦

5.  I may have spoke too soon about Larry Fitzgerald.

6.  Heeeeeeeeey  Jamaal Charles…I see you!

7.  Dez Bryant is the best offensive weapon the Cowboys have.

8.  MJD back like he left something.

9.  Will Mike Vick be benched?

10.  I still believe in you Cam. 

Congrats to the ladies taking that #1 spot back from the fellas!.  This week we have Battle of the Sexes match ups across the board.  Good luck!


Wi-Fi, Injuries, Wild Endings and Other Fans

What a wild weekend in the NFL!  There were upsets, shoot-outs, close calls, questionable calls, and OTs.  It was definitely something for everyone (unless your team happens to be one of the teams that lost).  

We watched the early games at The Green Turtle in Arlington, VA.  We are moving to the area in 2 weeks so we wanted to explore sports bars in our neighborhood (there are MANY).  The atmosphere was awesome, but there is one major flaw for this place.  They did not have Wi-Fi.  I’m not a picky person, but as a NFL fan and Fantasy Football owner, I expect a sports bar to have Wi-Fi in 2012.  There were fans of many teams so it was cool to hear people yelling about different games.

There was a Lions fan directly in front of us and he could barely breathe.  This guy was full of emotions-rightfully so.  I wanted to feel bad for him when the Lions actually lost in OT, but I was distracted by the Skins loss myself.  Sitting to the right of us was a Jets fan.  He was another one yelling on every other play, taking his hat off and putting it back on, standing up and sitting down.  The nerves of fans.  It’s a sight to see.  Continue reading


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