Wednesday, September 7, 2011

2011 Season Preview: Baltimore Ravens

2010 Record: 12-4

2010 Rankings:
Total Offense - 22
Passing Offense - 20
Rushing Offense - 14
Scoring Offense - 16
Total Defense - 10
Pass Defense - 21
Rush Defense - 5
Scoring Defense - 3


Some teams add weapons for their quarterbacks, like the Ravens tried to do last year by picking up Anquan Boldin. But after Boldin had 1 catch for -3 yards in the playoff game against Pittsburgh, they decided to let him shoulder the load in the passing game, dumping Todd Heap and Derrick Mason, two of the most sure-handed receivers on the team. Ray Rice will probably have a huge year, particularly with Vonte Leach blocking for him.


The Ravens are a completely different team when Ed Reed is in the lineup. The problem is keeping him healthy for a whole season. They haven't had much luck with that and their corners aren't exactly going to scare anyone off. Up front, Haloti Ngata is a beast. He's at the top of his game right now and can play all 3 positions along the 3-4 front. He might be one of the best defensive linemen in the game right now.


The Ravens will once again be the Steelers primary challengers for the AFC North crown. They have a pretty easy schedule, particularly in the middle of the season, so they will definitely be in the playoff hunt once again.

If the Ravens were a Beer, they would be:

Heavy Seas Winter Storm

This is a very good beer that just gets better and better as the temperatures drop. It's a winter seasonal so you might not hear much about it in the summer months, but when December and January roll around, this has just what you're looking for in a beer.

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