Re: Ravens Defense
posted at 11/29/2013 6:34 PM EST
In response to Bungalow-Bill's comment:
In response to AyyyBoston's comment:
I disagree. Baltimore's offense has taken a step back this year in both the passing (likely due to the loss of Boldin and Pitta) and run game. While their defense is good, it is not as good as it was last year during the playoff run.
The only reason I would want to avoid Baltimore is because they always play the Patriots tough...however, we have yet to see if they can do this without Ray Lewis and Ed Reed.
Their defense during the regular season last year was a lot different than it was in the playoffs as well. One thing they do have is a very good pass rush. We all know the way to throw Brady off is by getting in his face and making him feel uneasy in the pocket.
I would not say scared of them but they could pose a legitimate threat as a Wildcard (or even a surprise division winner if Cincy can't hold on).
True, you make a good point. A team that can rush the passer effectively always has a chance against the Pats, and the Ravens are no different. I would sum up my feelings about the Ravens this way:
Can they beat us? - Definitely yes
Will they beat us? - While nothing is ever guaranteed in football, I think I can say "no" more confidently than I could in the past.
Only time will tell I suppose.