posted at 9/12/2011 3:17 AM EDT
I think they'll be in the AFC championship this year. There biggest hurdles were:
1. Beating the Steelers with Big Ben. Up until todays game, Flacco had never beaten big ben. Whether they admit it or not, there's definetly a psychological factor that goes into it. Yes, it was a regular season game, but i think if they play the Steelers again, they'll be more confident than ever.
2. Peyton Manning. If im not mistaken, Manning has won 8 straight against the Ravens. Hes gone now
Only thing that holds them back is that Flacco needs to play great. He has a good playoff record, but he hasnt performed well in the playoffs. just good enough not to lose. That, along with what looks like a cupcake schedule (AFC South and NFC West) should have them with a good chance of the bye
If the Pats arent representing the Super Bowl, I think itll be these guys. And they play us well, so it should be interesting.
And yes, Im not liking the Steelers this year. They didnt just lose to the Ravens, they got pummeled. I know it's the beginning of the season, but i feel like this may be reminiscent of the 2005 pats. We owned Manning and the Colts before they killed us in the regular season. I dont think theyll have their swagger this year. Super Bowl hangover. And the fact that this might be the year age catches us with them.
All in all, i honestly just see this as a two horse race in the AFC. Jets will compete, but Sanchez needs to show me he can play a great full game. Guy seems to come through a lot towards the end...But i havent seen him play a great full game against a good team. They do play us well though
SD is always tricky, I just dont believe in Norv
Hopefully the Pats improve upon last season and avoid significant injury. Theres a great opportunity this season.