Welcome to the 2010 Baltimore Ravens season, and to my weekly Ravens Report!!!
The Ravens are coming off of a 3-1 preseason, losing their final game against the Rams. The following are key additions and losses for the Ravens this off-season.
Key Additions: WR Anquan Boldin
WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh
WR Donte Stallworth
DE Cory Redding
Key Losses: DE Dwan Edwards (Bills)
DT Justin Bannan (Broncos)
Now here are the Ravens picks in the 2010 NFL Draft:
Round 2-LB Sergio Kindle
Round 2-DE Terrence Cody
Round 3-TE Ed Dickson
Round 4-TE Dennis Pitta
Round 5-WR David Reed
Round 5-DT Arthur Jones
Round 6-OT Ramon Harewood
The Ravens are entering this season with high expectations, expectations of Super Bowl or bust. They have the best offense in franchise history complimented by an elite defense. The Ravens definitely have all the tools to go all the way this year.
The Ravens will open the year on Monday Night Football in New York against the Jets. The Jets come into the year with tons of hype. Jets Head Coach and Former Ravens Defensive Coordinator Rex Ryan has been a continuous trash talker, getting his team in the media often. The team's hype might just be talk though, as I believe QB Mark Sanchez is nothing to get yourself excited about, and his lack of experience and success weakens this offense. He has almost no experience and almost all the Jets playoff success last year came from an outstanding defense. We have learned that a great defense and a weak offense isn't often a successful mixture. I know what you're thinking. What about the 2000 Super Bowl Champion Ravens? That defense was much better and powerful than this Jets defense. Yes, this Jets defense is one of the best in the league, and the Ravens will have a tough time with them Monday Night. DT Kris Jenkins is very dangerous off the line, but the Ravens offensive line will be able to contain him. CB Darrelle Revis is the best corner in the league, and after ending his holdout he is back for the game on Monday. Even without a training camp for him, he will still be on his game, so Joe Flacco will have to look out for him, and make sure not to take any risks on his side of the field. In the end, I believe that the weak Jets offense will slow down their elite defense, and they won't be nearly as successful as they were made out to be. I have the Ravens winning this game, 17-9.
Key Matchups for Ravens at Jets
Ravens LB Ray Lewis vs. Jets RB Shonn Greene Edge: Lewis
Ravens DT Haloti Ngata vs. Jets C Nick Mangold Edge: Ngata
Ravens C Matt Birk vs. Jets DT Kris Jenkins Edge: Jenkins
Ravens WR Anquan Boldin vs. Jets CB Darrelle Revis Edge: Revis
DT Terrence Cody-Knee-OUT
T Jared Gaither-Back-OUT
WR Donte Stallworth-Foot-OUT
T Oniel Cousins-Head-PRB
LB Paul Kruger-Shoulder-PRB
CB Lardarius Webb-Knee-PRB
LB Calvin Pace-Foot-OUT
S Brodney Pool-Ankle-QST
That's it for this week's version of my Ravens Report, see ya next week!