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Posted on: November 3, 2011 4:32 pm
 

Ravens @ Pittsburgh 2011 preview!!

Summary of the season thus far:If someone asked me after the Steelers lost to the Ravens...what game would be the most important to win? I think the obvious answer is simple.....week 9 game when Ravens visit Pittsburgh. Both teams are coming off victories, but the Steelers are currently on a 4 game winning streak. They played one helluva game Sunday and Ben is playing like an MVP right now. I heard analysts say this as well before you start calling me a homer. No player/team has played better in the month of October than Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers. I'd like to call this a redemption game for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Tomlin has voiced he hasn't forgotten the game nor has us Steeler fans. This go round, Suggs is talking that he owns Ben Roethlisberger. Now, we all know Pittsburgh's line is terrible and they have to double cover Ngata. Which is really why I don't respect his #s, but I would give Suggs the Defensive MVP thus far. His performance vs the Cardinals last week really led to a comeback by the Ravens. I couldn't believe he wasn't a candidate for it on NFL Live last night when they were giving the awards out. In any case, I believe Steelers will win this football game vs the Ravens.

Noteworthy: Raven fans laughed at me when I suggested it was a terrible time for Ravens to have a bye week @ w/e week they had theirs because I knew they were playing their best football at the time. I figured they would cool off. I would suggest they have after struggling vs the Cardinals and losing to the Jags.

Will Ravens/Steelers meet again in the playoffs?: I doubt these teams will face again in the playoffs. I find it highly unlikely that were to happen 3x out of the last 4 years. Would be cool though, but I find it doubtful.

Keys for a Steelers victory: Last go round, Steelers came out running the football and didn't have any success. Started passing when they knew Steelers had to. I suggest the Steelers mix it up to start the game. Don't run on 1st and 2nd down than pass on 3rd down. Mix it up a bit to confuse in my opinion, the best defense the first half of the season. Defensively: I suggest do what made the Steelers D successful last week. I heard on the AFC North blog that since 3 of the Steelers starting linebackers are likely out this week they may change to a 4-3 defense. Flacco doesn't scare me. Ray Rice is the man that led the team offensively week 1. He broke tackles and ran all over Pittsburgh's defense. He was also making catches through the air so, Rice has got to be stopped. Hopefully, Steelers can take a look at what Jags did to get him to fumble. Flacco just hasn't played well and I don't give a good crap what Suggs says. He isn't an elite qb. LOL!He is in the bottom 5 in comp%. Steelers will be bringing their A-game this go round. Better be ready cuz the Steelers are gonna punch you in the mouth.

Raven/Steeler rivlary over?: Everybody is asking why are the Steelers/Ravens rivalry ending so soon. Well, after thinking about it this past week, I think I can figure this out. Ok, we all know how big these games are between the Ravens vs Steelers. Having it earlier makes games vs the Brown and the Bengal  games more meaningful.

Final word: In my opinion, whoever wins this football game is without question....the best team in the AFC. I think both fan bases can agree on that.
Posted on: September 19, 2011 5:47 pm
Edited on: September 19, 2011 5:52 pm
 

Deserved praise and criticism week 2

Several of my critics claim I don't give credit to other football teams in which I do. I felt it was time for much deserved praises along with criticisms for certain players/teams. I welcome opinions of this post and on week 2. Who deserves praise and criticism after week 2?

Praise:

*Bills:starting 0-8 last year.....now starting 2-0 heading into a game against the Pats. I'll be rooting for ya. I picked the Bills to win this week. They made a huge comeback after being down 21-3. Fitzpatrick deserves some credit. I heard before the draft that Bills needed a quarterback in which I thought Fitzpatrick was pretty good in comparison to some quarterbacks in the league. Despite it he proves the doubters wrong and proves why he is the most under-rated qb in the league. Helluva lot better than Orton.

*Cutler/Romo:I dislike both quarterbacks, but they deserve credit. Romo played injured and led his team to a comeback victory. Cutler? I know a lot of people have been attacking him calling him a bad qb, but look at his offensive line along with the receivers. I think the Bills, Skins, and Dolphins have better receiving cores.

*Lions:Winning 48-3 is very impressive. A lot felt Lions would win simply because Eric Berry was out. Obviously, Lions exposed the Chiefs for having more problems. I think they have been outscored 10-80 something. They deserve criticism. LOL! Lions.....get to the playoffs and win! Stafford prove the doubters wrong and stay healthy! Keep getting it done!

*Cam Newton:I give the kid a lot of credit and hope he continues to do well. I wish all players success when they enter the NFL. Hope he proves the critics wrong. So far he has passing for over 400 yards the last two games. Only Brady has done that. What better class to be in? We know we are gonna hear about the turnovers, but the Panthers were still in the game despite it. Credit is deserved!!

*Pats D:I know they have given up a ton of yardage in the air, but they are creating turnovers which impresses me. Pats D deserves credit!

Criticism:

*Chiefs:I know Haley said he deserves the blame for the Chiefs struggles to start the season, but it isn't all him. Players deserve criticism for being blownout the last 2 weeks by huge margins. 10-80 something.

*Vikings:17-0 lead and they lose the game? No disrespect intended to the Bucs, but no excuses here giving up that huge of a lead. Minnesota was one of the best rush defenses in the league not to long ago. The game ends with Blount going right up the middle for a TD. What is up with that?

*Colts:They arn't this bad without Peyton. No excuse can cover how they have played. 0-3 start the year? Come on man! (They play Pittsburgh next week which is why I went ahead and marked a loss on their schedule.)

*Rivers:Charger fans should have known it was coming. I couldn't believe what I heard from a Chargers fan today. Direct quote:  "I'm getting tired of seeing the Chargers blow these opportunities and continuously relying on Rivers to bail them out late every game." Are you kidding me? I'm gonna have to make a thread for this one. I can't believe this. They must really not watch the games.

*Ravens:Everyone was shining the Super Bowl championship for the Ravens after week 1. Week 2 they come out and lose? For folks not to believe they deserve criticism is idiotic.

I may continue this series week after week to show my critics that I not only critic teams, but also praise them as well. Surprised??SurprisedDon't be.....STAY JEALOUS!!Cool

Posted on: September 4, 2011 4:33 pm
 

Predicting 2011 division rival record:Ravens

I think this would be pretty interesting to see how Steeler fans or simply other fans feel the Ravens will finish. I'd like to share with others of how I think they will finish. Just a prediction sorta thing. Of course injuries will happen and upsets will as well. Critics are welcome! Raven fans I know may get upset, but hey....I'd love to hear how you think the Steelers will do as well. This isn't intended to bash the Ravens. It is simply to see how everyone thinks they will finish. Personally, I think they will make the playoffs with double digit wins as a wildcard.

Week
1.Pittsburgh-Is Ben in the starting lineup? 100% of the time when he is in Steelers win so a loss for the Ravens.
2.Titans-I think the Titans will be tougher than expected for all teams, but I say Ravens pick up the win cuz they are the better team.
3.Rams-I don't think the Rams have enough weapons for Bradford to help them pick up the victory.
4.Jets-Jets got the better receiving core, running game, and defense. Jets win!
6.Texans-A lot of it depends on the health of Foster, but I feel Texans pick up the victory.
7.Jaguars-No receiving core and Ravens rush D won't allow Jones-Drew to have a good day.
8.Cardinals-Offense and defense stinks!! You know the result.....
9.Pittsburgh-Read week 1!
10.Seattle-Passing game stinks....Seattle loses.
11.Bengals-Depends on the quarterback starting, but I feel the Ravens will sweep the Bengals.
12.49ers-Passing game still stinks.....49ers lose!
13.Browns-I feel the Browns will upset the Ravens some time this year. Depends on the health of Hillis.
14.Colts-Colts own Ravens! Until proven otherwise Colts win expecting Manning is under center.
15.Chargers-#1 offense and defense....depends on the type of day Rivers has. Expecting a better day than Flacco.
16.Browns-Read week 13.
17.Bengals-Read week 11!

*week 5 bye.
*division record 3-3
*Final record 10-6 w/ wildcard spot in the playoffs.
Posted on: September 3, 2011 12:43 am
 

Steelers @ Ravens 2011 keys to victory!!

I wanted to include this in my "preview" thread that was really a recap of the storyline of the 2011 offseason with the Ravens and Steelers. It should be a great one and they usually never disappoint. In any case, here are the keys to victory for both football teams! 

Steelers keys to victory:

Defense

1.Don't get beat in the backfield with short yardage passes.

2.With Ravens offensive line concerns....I feel the Steelers should take advantage and pull out all kinds of different blitz packages.

3.Force Flacco to win the football game. It usually comes down to who has the better quarterback cuz the games are always close. Be in Flacco's face all day and force him to throw interceptions, bad throws, or simply fumble.

Offense

1.Control the clock!! Time of possession is always key in winning football games. In this case, it won't be any different. Obviously, turnovers will play a factor as well.

2.Offensive line don't get called for holding. Those penalties could kill drives and possibly cost the Steelers the game.

3.Come out throwing the football early to open up the rushing lanes. The passing game will play a huge factor in winning this football game. Making them catches to continue drives especially on 3rd down will be key. I have a ton of confidence in this core. In my opinion, the big 5 will cause problems for the defense. Double Wallace at your own risk....other receivers can make the big plays.

Ravens keys to victory:

Defense

1.Don't allow Steelers to have success with the running game. They can't afford to not be able to stop the run and not get time of possession.

2.Put one defender on Wallace in the first half so you can focus on other wideouts. If it doesn't work.....make adjustments.

3.Use a ton of zone packages cuz the youth of Steelers wideouts along with the speed will beat the older/slower defense.

Offense

1.Offensive line has got to show up and protect Flacco.

2.Come out and have success running the football. It is easier said than done vs Steelers #1 rush defense.

3.It always comes down to quarterback play. Flacco has got his chance to earn some respect and live up to the hype. Top 5 quarterback?

Steelers win.....24-14!!

Surprised??SurprisedDon't be........STAY JEALOUS!!Cool
Posted on: August 28, 2011 10:45 pm
 

Steelers @ Ravens 2011"Put up or Shut up" preview

All the off-season talk from both sides. Mostly Ravens side anyway. I'm gonna give a bit of how the season started last year then go into where we are now.

Last year began with hype around Ravens not only winning the AFC North, but winning the Super Bowl. Being picked by several people. Steelers are gonna fail because of injuries and Ben out first four games. It really didn't make 90% of the idiots who buy in the garbage look that good at all. The media changed their mind about the Ravens when the season was over. Steelers won the division and Ravens get wildcard berth. Steelers got a bye week while Ravens played the Chiefs in the first round. Flacco played well which made some morons believe he could do the same vs the steelers. I mean last year was his breakout year, right? All I hear is he improved every single year. I could see that if he improve by more then 10 yards at the end of the year, but come on now. Steelers proved the idiotic doubters wrong after WW3 happened. Suggs and all Ravens pounding their chests saying they are gonna come out on top and so on. At the end of the day, with Ben as the starting quarterback for the Steelers vs Flacco's led Ravens 0-6. 2 including in playoff games.

Off-season 2011:

Appearing on NFL Network's Total Access earlier this month, Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley was asked if Joe Flacco could lead the Ravens to a Super Bowl.

"No, not at all because they have to go through one team -- that's the Pittsburgh Steelers in that AFC championship," Woodley said. "So in order for them to get to the Super Bowl, they have to beat us, and we're not gonna let that happen once we get that close. So that's not gonna happen in this lifetime."

A few days later, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, also appearing on NFL Network, responded to Woodley's comments. “We don’t need any bulletin board material to get ready for [the Steelers] or anybody else, but we’ll be ready for LaMarr Woodley and the rest of that football team and they know it.”

Last weekend, Flacco was finally asked about Woodley's "not gonna happen in this lifetime" observations.

“[Woodley] obviously doesn’t know what he’s talking about," Flacco told WBAL's Keith Mills and Pete Gilbert. "At some level, I don’t care [what Woodley says] because what does that really mean? But there is another level where it does kind of piss you off a little bit.” 

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Dhani Jones says Flacco can't handle pressure and makes too many bad decisions.

NFL Network analyst Jamie Dukes says Flacco doesn't work hard enough.

Ryan Clark vs Ray Rice twitter debates.

We’ve frequently called the Ravens and Steelers the best current rivalry in the NFL.   Steelers safety Ryan Clark doesn’t see it that way.

“People try to make this game between the Ravens and the Steelers like so much of a rivalry, of a fight, you know. You can say it’s a rivalry if you like, but for something to be a rivalry, I think both teams have to win equally,” Clark told KDKA via the Baltimore Sun.  ”The hate between the fans doesn’t make it a rivalry. Teams have to win equally, and that really hasn’t been the case in our situation.”

Ravens QB Joe Flacco was a guest on “The Scott Van Pelt Show” on ESPN radio in which he too called himself a top five NFL quarterback.

According to Matt Vensel of the Baltimore Sun, Flacco was asked about Eli Manning’s comments and responded that he felt the same way Eli did.  ”I think of myself the same way,” he said.  ”You don’t want to talk about yourself as a quarterback, but here in Baltimore, we’ve won a lot of games in the last three years and we’ve won playoff games each year. And when you’re talking about football games, it’s all about winning football games and that’s what we’ve done.”

With all of that stuff said and done. It is time for one man really to live up to the hype. That player is named Joe Flacco. That is why I called this "put up or shut up" preview. It is time for Flacco to earn some respect. Here is 3 of the main ways for him to earn my respect.

1.Beat Steelers with Ben in the starting lineup-Flacco led Ravens have yet to beat the Steelers with Ben in the lineup. The only wins he has in resume vs the Steelers is while Batch was in and Dixon(1st start went OT). 0-6 and 2 losses in the playoffs. Wanna call yourself the best? Beat the BEST!!

2.Perform well in the playoffs-He has played in 7 games in the postseason. 2 of those games he has a passer rating above 62. His average is 60 or 61 currently with 4 TDs and 7 interceptions.

3.Win a Super Bowl-Some value stats, others value MVPs, I personally think the Super Bowl is the best prize of them all. I agree with Woodley!! Surprised??SurprisedDon't be.....STAY JEALOUS!!Cool

Posted on: August 10, 2011 10:53 pm
 

Playoffs? Who's goin to the playoffs in 2011?

This is an update kind of due to recent moves lately.

AFC East:Patriots-Getting Chad and Ellis to me improves their football team. They are better than the Jets.
AFC North:Steelers-They keep proving the doubters wrong and they'll do it again in 2011.
AFC South:Colts-I know I stated on some occassions that they will miss the playoffs. The prediction was made simply because 5 new teams had to get in. At the time, I thought Jets were the better team. Now I feel they have the best chance to get in 2011.
AFC West:Chargers-Raiders got worse, Broncos still suck, and Chargers are gonna be one of them new 5 football teams to make the playoffs in 2011.
AFC Wildcard #5:Ravens-Got respect for the Ravens. No doubt they will be in the playoffs in 2011.
AFC Wildcard #6:Texans-everyones darkhorse, but I didn't pick them last year. I liked the moves they made this offseason and I believe they can finally get to the postseason. Possibly a division title.

NFC East:Eagles-I suspect slow start, but I feel they will finish strong and make the playoffs.
NFC North:Packers-1st division crown since Rodgers has taken over.
NFC South:Saints-I think I have over-rated this football team a bit after their draft. They may win the division. I like the Bucs too.
NFC West:Rams-Gotta love Bradford. Kinda shocked by the lack of moves in FA for weak wr position. I think they can still get the job done o. 49ers will surprise some folks. Watch out!!
NFC Wildcard #5:Cowboys-I say 10 or 11 wins with a playoff berth. Cowboys>Giants
NFC Wildcard #6:Bucs-I wouldn't be shocked if this team wins the division this year. They are under the radar. 10-13 wins possibly.
Posted on: August 7, 2011 11:22 pm
 

Surprising upsets to look forward to in 2011!!

Upsets happen in the NFL all the time. Weekly and some times more than one in a week. I decided since the season is about to begin, it is time to start calling some upsets. I'll call 1 for each week:

week 1:Cowboys over Jets-It can happen......
week 2:Browns over Colts-Hillis will put up huge #s!
week 3:Texans over Saints-I'm remembering Lynch owning Saints D.
week 4:Lions over Cowboys(can you consider that an upset?)
week 5:Chiefs over Colts-one of the worst rush defenses in the league vs the best ground game
week 6:Texans over Ravens-Expecting Flacco doesn't have a good day.
week 7:Bucs over Bears-I like the Bucs D!!
week 8:Dolphins over NYG-not really a good upset week, but I think this is the most likely to happen.
week 9:Chargers over Packers-Rivers just has the better day over Rodgers.
week 10:Lions over Bears-Reminding me of Calvin Johnson TD no call.....
week 11:Chargers over Bears-Bears offense will struggle.
week 12:Eagles over Patriots-Brady has a bad day....
week 13:Lions over Saints-I think Brees will be under pressure all day!!
week 14:Chiefs over Jets-I don't like the Jets front 7 this year.
week 15:Bengals over Rams-4th place team beating a playoff contender.......
week 16:Browns over Ravens-Almost happened last year......
week 17:Lions over Packers-I expect Lions to win 1 game next year vs the Packers.

I didn't do some rivalry games in this for the simple fact they were upsets last season such as Texans over Colts. I don't consider Jets over NE, Bears over Packers, Bucs over ATL/NO, ect upsets. Many may be shocked, some will whine, and others will say this is a bash fest. It isn't intended to bash one team or another. It is intended to hear others opinions and see some of their upset calls.

Posted on: May 14, 2011 9:06 pm
Edited on: May 14, 2011 9:11 pm
 

Pre FA 'Who's goin to the playoffs?' thread

The reason pre FA is in the title: NFL has yet to have free agency. These predictions are before anybody makes that big move to help their team get to the playoffs. I know haters will join on here and say I was wrong after A team made the playoffs after getting a top free agent to help them get there. This is my pre free agency "Who's goin to the playoffs" thread. All haters, critics, friends, and fans are welcome.

The question everyone asks during the off-season is "who is goin to the playoffs." That is why I'm here folks.....to give you the answers. So plz when you're done reading my predictions you can leave a comment, give us your predictions, and enjoy my art. Thank you!!

The better question is "who is not making the playoffs?"
AFC
Bills-HAHA! This may be a shocker to some, but I have Bills finishing 3rd in the AFC East. Of course, they arn't making the playoffs.
Dolphins-Their offense was through the running game. 2 FAs could not return. I don't like Dolphins chances.
Titans-rebuilding mode along with the fact other three teams in division had better drafts in my opinion.
Texans-everyone's beloved darkhorse will again fail to get to the postseason.
Jaguars-You proved me wrong last year, but until you beat the Colts to win the division.....I don't see it happening.
Broncos-I'm hearing chants "Tebow" to end the season. Unfortunately, it won't be in the playoffs.
Raiders-I have them finishing last in their division.
Chiefs-I was happy for the team's success last season. I figure SD will find a way to get back on track to the playoffs.
Bengals-too many questions with the team along with Browns being a better football team.
Browns-a year or 2 away from taking Ravens spot.

NFC
Skins-Big Al making too much dough along with McNabb wanting out. Too many question marks.
Eagles-Teams figured out how to defend Vick. The team will finish 3rd.
Falcons-most over-rated team in the league last year. Gave up too much to get Jones.
Panthers-Could get the number 1 pick next year.
Seahawks-I was shocked they won the division. Division won't be that bad next year.
Cardinals-this team along with 49ers are most of the reason I put pre FA in the title. A quarterback addition could get a division title.
49ers-read Cardinals.
Vikings-Ponder isn't enough. Rice may be gone as well along with Pat Williams.
Bears-prove me wrong
Lions-Have them finishing 2nd......just missed. Next year for sure.

"Who is making the playoffs?"
AFC
Patriots-No one beats them at home.....during the regular season.
Steelers-doubters proved wrong last year. This year will be the same. Only difference.....Super Bowl belongs to Pittsburgh! #7!
Colts-They make the playoffs, I believe 11 straight x.
Chargers-depends on V-Jax return or replacement.
Jets-Didn't make AFC championship 2 straight years for nothing.
Ravens-How far they go depends on their run game.

NFC
Cowboys-4th place schedule along with good draft.
Packers-unless serious injury........
Saints-After that draft....how can you bet against them?
Rams-Shoulda won the division last year.
Giants-D-Jax ain't gonna get that lucky....again.
Bucs-Solid draft......team is only gonna get better.

Surprised??SurprisedDon't be..........STAY JEALOUS!!Cool

 
 
 
 
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