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
Something happened last year in the NFC East that had not since 1999. The Washington Redskins became relevant. After being 3-6 and all but done for the season, the fans and even Coach Mike Shanahan gave up. Luckily, RGIII did not give up. He exploded onto the scene last year propelling the Redskins to a 7 game winning streak to end the season which ultimately allowed them to win the NFC East and make the playoffs. This year in the NFC East things will most likely not change too much. 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
This past year was certainly the “Year of the Quarterback.” We saw long bombs from Joe Flacco. We saw rookie quarterbacks look seemingly like 5 year veterans. We saw what looks to be the start of a revolution with the read option being displayed so effectively by many teams and their QB’s. As we are waiting and preparing for the NFL to begin its season I always love debating the top QB’s to pass the time. My top 10 QB’s in the league heading into 2013 are: Continue reading
It has been a bit downhill for the Patriots recently. All seemed to be going well after they beat Baltimore in the 2012 AFC championship after Billy Cundiff “Cundiffed” (missed) a 33 yard field allowing the Patriots to move on to the Super Bowl for a rematch of Super Bowl 42 with the New York Giants. Efforts to avenge that loss 4 years ago fell through as they lost again to the Giants in Super Bowl 46. Last year was in no means a bad season, but the Patriots were huge favorites to beat the Baltimore Ravens in the 2013 AFC Championship like the year before. However, the luck was on the Ravens side as Joe Flacco outplayed Tom Brady for the second straight year and led the Ravens to upset the Patriots and get a birth to the Super Bowl. Continue reading