NFL is back! Preseason is under away and it is that time of year where people like me love making predictions thinking we know everything only to be completely wrong by midseason. That being said here is my two cents about the AFC North.
Over the years, the AFC North has been dominated by the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers with Cincinnati and Cleveland being the bottom dwellers. Although Cincinnati has made a run to the playoffs the last couple of years, they have been bounced out in the first round by Houston both l times, and because of this many people (including me) still look at them as a nobody. However, this year I believe Cincinnati will have something more to cheer about, and that it will be a slugfest with them as well as Baltimore and Pittsburgh down to the last week to see who wins the AFC North. For now let’s break down each of the four team’s strengths and weaknesses starting with Cleveland. Anything not mentioned means the position is just okay. Continue reading
2012/2013… What a time to be a Baltimore sports fan. It was the year Michael Phelps a Baltimore native became the greatest Olympian of all time. It was the year Carmelo Anthony, who also grew up in Baltimore, rose to among the elite NBA players and received a very prestigious award This past NBA season. It was the year the Orioles not only broke their streak of 14 straight losing seasons, but also shocked the MLB world and made the playoffs. Lastly, it was the year Ray Lewis and the Ravens, in the face of adversity, went on one of the more improbable runs and won Super Bowl XVII. All of this success has charm city in pandemonium. Continue reading
Many players have been seen going down so far in the NFL during training camp. For the Eagles it was Jeremy Maclin, whom many figured the talented speedy reciever to play a huge part in Chip Kelly’s new offense. For Seattle it was Percy Harvin who just joined the team adding to the arsenal of receivers Seattle would have making for one of the best recieving cores in the league. Finally, for the Ravens, Dennis Pitta has now gone down with a dislocated hip and he is out for the season.
For an offense that has already lost key pieces in center Matt Birk and more importantly WR Anquan Boldin this is a huge loss for the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens. The Ravens before this injury were already short-handed at the receiving position and Dennis Pitta was expected to shoulder much of the load with Anquan Boldin gone. Even with Pitta Baltimore was expected to get help at the recieving position and now it seems apparent that they will. Continue reading
In an unforgettable season full of injuries, adversity, and drama, the Ravens overcame all odds to beat the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl. The strength and courage they displayed (especially by quarterback Joe Flacco) made them worthy of being champions. However, this offseason has been quite a sad time for most Ravens fans. Being up tight against the cap, the Ravens had to cut/trade many beloved veterans and could not sign back many of their free agents. Combine that with the fact that Ray Lewis, the 2 time Super Bowl champion, and arguably the greatest linebacker of all time, retired, really had Ravens fans panicking. In all, 9 starters from last year’s super bowl Ravens team are no longer on the team. That list includes notables Ray Lewis (retired), Dannell Ellerbe (free agency), Ed Reed (free agency) and Anquan Boldin (traded to 49ers for a 6th round draft pick). Also, contrary to popular belief, it is not Joe Flacco’s fault as much as people think, just because he got the big contract. Continue reading