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This is still a game where the defense wins games.


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#1 Tornado700

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Posted 12 August 2018 - 02:02 AM

All in all, the Ravens will have an exceptional defense, an exceptional special teams, and an adequate offense. What do I mean by adequate? Enough to get the job done and score when they need to score. This is a greatly improved team from several years back when I mentioned here that the Ravens don't have any depth. That problem has been fixed, we now have plenty of depth. Lamar was brought in here to light a fire under Joe's arse and I believe we all see a better Joe Flacco this year. Afterall, he now has somebody he can throw to. Our O-line will be adequate, our running game should be a big improvement and and the defense from front to back is solid. Overall, I see a pretty damned good football team out there. That's why I told Max that we are going back to the playoffs. And with this overall talent, we'll do as we always do- become dangerous in those playoffs. It might of taken several years to fix, but I think the Ravens have finally done it.

OK- the annual Tornado prediction of wins and losses. 2018 Ready?

 

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#2 vmax

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Posted 12 August 2018 - 02:14 PM

I'm leaning towards a very good defense. I have my doubts about the linebackers and safety's coverage skills.

A big IF is the O line. "IF" the are decent or adequate then I see this team having a very good chance at making the playoffs.

 

The schedule: I love it. Nothing but good, solid competition. Iron sharpens Iron. IF the Ravens make they playoffs, then they will have developed into a very good team...yes...dangerous in the playoffs.

 

It's too early to predict records for me. I'll stay in the "Show Me" mode.

9-7.

Show Me that they know how to find ways to win instead of finding ways to lose.  Show Me they can beat teams with winning records. Show Me they can win in the Division. Show Me they can defeat playoff caliber teams.

 

Now that said...I believe in this 2018 Team. :gorave:


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An airtight defense can get the Ravens to the playoffs, but the Flacco who showed up Sunday resembled the one who led the franchise to its last Super Bowl berth. He was the one who coaches and teammates, all preseason long, had said was capable of this.


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Posted 12 August 2018 - 03:39 PM

That's completely fair Max. Any other takers care to make your predictions. I stand solid and firm on my 11-5 record.  And BTW, anybody heard from Crav'n?


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Posted 12 August 2018 - 04:21 PM

Way to early for this.  I agree a very good D.  I also agree the safeties and LBs arr suspect.  The offense has a lot to prove still.  Thur night was pretty good but I still have to see much more.


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Fako, Joe Fako I am the Pick Machine!!!


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Posted 12 August 2018 - 06:42 PM

It's a long road yet to make a solid prediction. At this point I'm leaning toward 8-8.

 

I do believe this team has more talent than any team since the Ray Rice era. Question is is it good enough to play with so many of the big boys?


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Martindale will bring pressure from anywhere on the field under any situation. He has the psyche of former Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan. He doesn’t give a damn because his style rules.


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Posted 12 August 2018 - 06:44 PM

That's completely fair Max. Any other takers care to make your predictions. I stand solid and firm on my 11-5 record.  And BTW, anybody heard from Crav'n?

 

Isn't it time for Cravn's 14-2 prediction?? 

And, yes, where is he?

Hope he's alright.


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Martindale will bring pressure from anywhere on the field under any situation. He has the psyche of former Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan. He doesn’t give a damn because his style rules.


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Posted 13 August 2018 - 07:37 AM

He gave up football due to the whole kneeling thing.  Only came back briefly because his grandson was into the team.


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Posted 13 August 2018 - 07:50 AM

Agreed on defensive points. OL still has center woes, and guards health issues, reserves aren't great but no team has starters grazing on the bench.

Still entering a season with more question marks rather than periods and exclamation points.

Early, but I'd lean towards 8-8 or 9-7. If they can form great team chemistry, they could scare some.

Practices look like a team with hard working but average guys, trying to achieve.


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Posted 14 August 2018 - 03:23 AM

And Hurst is going to be a fan favorite this year.

 

 

 

HUUUUUUUUUUUUURRRSSTT!!! Perhaps?

 

We'll see.


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