Posted on: November 3, 2011 4:32 pm
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
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?
Posted on: September 4, 2011 4:33 pm
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.
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
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:
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.
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:
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.
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?
Surprised??Don't be........STAY JEALOUS!!
Posted on: August 28, 2011 10:45 pm
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.
“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.”
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.”
Posted on: August 10, 2011 10:53 pm
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.
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Posted on: August 7, 2011 11:22 pm
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:
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Posted on: May 14, 2011 9:06 pm
Edited on: May 14, 2011 9:11 pm
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.
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