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Well, that was an awesome game, but I guess Ford Field isn't that fortress, eh? Detroit had that division gift wrapped to them with three starting quarterbacks out, but they dropped four of the last five. Not a playoff team
I am curious, though. I want to know how you think Calvin Johnson does. Obviously he's the best wide receiver in the game and can take over a game at any given moment, but we have seen that he can be taken out of a game against a top flight cornerback. This week, he'll see Jimmy Smith, and by far, Jimmy Smith will be the best cornerback that Johnson has faced (I don't count Revis because Revis got injured). How do you think Johnson responds to his toughest task of the season?
I am excited for the Ravens game. I'm not surprised you picked your home team to win, but this time I won't really post a long post. I'm just excited for the game and I think it will be a good one. It'll be interesting to see how the Lions respond to a playoff team (0-2 this year) or a competent team. I can't say their recent wins (Packers with no Rodgers, Bucs, Cowboys with worst defense in NFL history, Bears with no Cutler), and I saw somewhere that described the Lions as a bully. A team that can do a lot of damage with their players like Suh and Johnson, but when it gets down to a dogfight and a close game, the Lions back off, like a bully.
I don't know, we'll see. It should be a good game.
I noticed I hadn't paid you a visit since the Packers game, which seems so long ago now.
I saw that the Vikings slide, and when I saw that one person picked the Ravens to lose, I instantly knew who it was. I can hardly call your reasoning sound for this one.
Yeah, the Vikings defense is sure heating up. They've only allowed literally every opponent to go over 20 points, allowing opponents to reach the 25 point mark in 10 of 12 games this year (I use 25 points because if you hit 25, your chances of winning are extremely high. I don't think a single quarterback outside of Tom Brady has a winning record when the opposing team scores 25 points). Maybe you meant to say the Ravens defense, which has held three opponents to under 10 points, was first in red zone defense before the Steelers game (I'm not sure what it is now, but I'd imagine top 3), is fourth in third down percentage, and seventh in points per game allowed. That would make a little more sense.
You do also realize that all three of the games in which opponents failed to reach at least ten points came at home for the Ravens. The Ravens have not allowed a single opponent to go over 20 points at home this season. That's 6 for 6, and somehow, I doubt that changes this Sunday. And that Vikings defense which is "heating up" has allowed four of five teams to go over 25 points on the road, even allowing two to eclipse the 30 point mark.
You also said that Joe Flacco is due for an egg, but that's going to be extremely unlikely. In his career against NFC teams, Joe Flacco has thrown 18 touchdowns to three interceptions. He's also got a 10-1 record against NFC opponents at home, his sole loss coming to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers (Matt Cassell is no Rodgers). I think it would be hard to deny how much better Flacco is at home than on the road. His rating is almost 23 points higher, his completion percentage is 6% higher, and his touchdown to interception ratio is drastically better. Do you really believe Josh Robinson and Chris Cook will stop Flacco? They are both absolutely abysmal. Harrison Smith was clearly the best defensive back on the team, and we already know he's out.
Are you really going to bank on Matt Cassell, the same quarterback who couldn't beat out Christian Ponder, to lead the Vikings to a win?
Now, if you had said the Ravens will struggle to contain Adrian Peterson because they have a tendency to struggle stopping larger running backs who can run between the tackles, I would have been okay with that. If you had said that the Ravens will struggle to contain Adrian Peterson and that will eat up the clock, much like the Steelers did with LeVeon Bell, I would have said that made sense.
I suppose we will see, but I really do believe you have something against the Ravens.
Have an awesome week and I will look forward to watching this game.
You are pathetic. We need to come up with a list of ten reasons you should never write again. You took one piece of information and turned it into an indictment before attempting to understand anything else. Now, based solely on texts left on Incognitos phone it would appear that this type of language was normal between BOTH individuals. It also seems clear that both men had a friendly relationship as evidenced by Martin reaching out to Incognito congratulating him on the teams win and questioning how all of this has come about while indicating he had nothing to do with the release of the voicemail.
Incognito is certainly a flawed individual, as many of us are. Also, he may be quilty but his teammates don't appear to think so. Johnathon Martin doesn't appear to think so. (based on his text indicating it wasn't about incognito) But the evidence would seem to indicate Martin has some issues he needs to address and I wish him well in that endeavor. As a journalist, shouldn't context be understood before using a mans words to damn him?
Fantastic job on the Incognito piece, Ty. Really well done. I share your sentiment. Thanks for sharing the last bit at the end, too.
Using pictures of Raiders fans for your article on ugly NFL fans is probably the most irresponsible use of fan pics I've ever witnessed. Way to perpetuate a completely ridiculous and false stereotype.
Well, for once, you didn't give an extremely garbage prediction for why the Ravens would lose, and I commend you for that. I don't think the teams are matched well defensively at all, as the Ravens have a clear cut advantage. It'll be almost like can the Ravens defense contain the Packers offense and can the Ravens do enough to move the ball against the Packers defense? Both Marlon Brown and Jacoby Jones should hopefully be back this week, and that would be a huge boost to Joe Flacco.
Wait, scratch my record of 1-4. I was right about the Broncos and Browns game. I'm 2-3, like you.
Well, I'm 1-4 for predicting the Ravens games, but after you predicting them to go 0-5, they're 3-2. Joe Flacco had a decent game, even without Jacoby Jones, Marlon Brown, or Brandon Stokely. He was basically just throwing to Rice and Smith in terms of proven targets. I wasn't all around happy with the play of the Ravens, but they won and you have yet to predict them to win.
When you do predict them to win, if you do, can you do me a huge favor? Can you put in at the end something along the lines of, "There you go Phil Grimes."
Remember, this is not meant to be taken as rude or like I'm trying to bash you. I'm trying to poke a little fun here with you since you have yet to predict the Ravens to win, and sadly, you're doing better with your game predictions for the Ravens than I am...