Bengals vs. Ravens: Who's Top Dawg In The AFC North?
The Ravens and Bengals have made huge moves this offseason to bolster their offenses. What? Ravens and offense finally come toghether in the same sentence? Yes, with Anquan Boldin in the house, it certainly adds some real firepower to the Ravens offense.
Boldin had one of the most productive seasons for any wide receiver last year. He hauled in 84 receptions for 1,024 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also rushed for a touchdown. He could be Joe Flacco's number one target this year.
There will be much debate here. Stallworth may be deemed a risky pickup due to his involuntary manslaughter conviction last year. The Ravens have given him a second chance to play football. He might not add tremendous depth to the Ravens offense, but he gives them a little more spark.
Entering his third year in the N.F.L., Flacco has the potential to be a top 10 quarterback by the end of the season. Last year, he passed for 3,613 yards and 21 touchdowns. That's from his second year! Flacco is a rising star, and he is sure to turn heads this season, especially with the addition of Boldin.
Ray Rice is a beast, plain and simple. He rushed for 1,339 yards and 7 touchdowns last year. He should improve on these numbers.
Ray Lewis and Ed Reed have been a phenominal duo for a while in Baltimore. This year, the Ravens defense is ranked fifth and when you look at the names on this roster, it's easy to see why.They gave up 300.5 yards per game, allowed 16.3 points per game, and intercepted 22 passes. Look out for the Ravens defense in 2010.
Palmer's value has dropped a bit as of late. He threw a career-high 20 interceptions in 2007. He only made four appearances in 2008 due to an injured elbow.
Last year, he posted his lowest totals in both yards and touchdowns. He passed for 3,094 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2009. Hopefully with the addition of Terrell Owens, things will change.
Ochocinco has posted at least 1,000 yards in seven of his last eight seasons! He caught 72 receptions for 1,047 yards,and nine touchdowns last year.
Terrell Owens was on the wrong team last year. The Buffalo Bills are not a team worthy of Owens' talents. He is obviously way better off in Cincinnatti.
Last year, he caught 55 passes for 829 yards and five touchdowns. Combining Owens with Ochocinco should prove to be a very smart move, despite having two huge egos on the Bengals.
Cedric Benson showcased some skills that fans haven't seen since he was drafted in 2005. He rushed for 1,251 yards and six touchdowns last year. He may be on the verge of a huge breakout.
The Bengals defense is not the most electrifying one in football, but this unit has seen improvement. Last year they gave up 301.4 yards per game and 18.2 points per game. They also had 19 interceptions.
Ravens Should Win Division, Don't Sleep On Bengals
The Bengals have the better receiving core, but the Ravens have a better defense and running game. Overall, the Ravens are a more balanced team.