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    Re: ESPN Prediction Roundup



    ^^ I'm confused.

    Pass rush..I mean it helps..but we're not exactly against a lethal qb if we give him time. Flacco doesn't put up elite numbers very often (unless against the rams or apparently the steelers this year)

    Shrewd off coordinator..you talkin about the pats'? Lol. he's not the one that regularly put up terrible game plans in almost every away game this year




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    Re: ESPN Prediction Roundup

    How many teams with a winning record have the Patsies beaten this year? Zero. That won't change tomorrow.




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    Re: ESPN Prediction Roundup

    How many top offenses have the Ravens beat this year? Zero. Blown the F out in SD. That won't change tomorrow.




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    Re: ESPN Prediction Roundup

    ESPN always picks the northeastern, large market teams. That won't matter today though, since the Ravens -- the more balanced, more talented and experienced roster comes in and shocks the Patsies, BSPN, and the other talking heads.




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    Re: ESPN Prediction Roundup

    Welka_fan, I hope you realise you're not doing any favours to the stereotype of all Patriots fans as obnoxious, churlish and above all else unpleasant. By all means go on other teams' boards and predict that your team will win, but there's no need to act like an asshole.




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    Re: ESPN Prediction Roundup

    I could care less that all these "experts" picked NE. I'm shocked anyone would pick the Ravens. If the Ravens would have destroyed Houston then I'd expect different picks. More fodder for us, the underdog, to go in there and beat them AGAIN on their home turf.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Welka_fan View Post
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    ESPN's Pats-Ravens prediction roundup
    January, 20, 2012
    Jan 201:20PM ETEmailPrintComments240By ESPNBoston.comA roundup of how ESPN's analysts see Saturdayís Patriots-Ravens AFC Championship Game playing out.

    * ESPNBoston.comís Mike Reiss: Patriots 20, Ravens 17. A tipped football here or there could decide this game. The Ravens are going to bring their best shot, which is what you expect when you're talking about great players like Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Haloti Ngata, Terrell Suggs and Ray Rice. This one could come down to the wire. In the end, that look in the eyes of Tom Brady from Saturday still resonates, and I can't pick against him at home in this situation.

    * ESPNBoston.com Patriots analyst Tedy Bruschi: Patriots 28, Ravens 24. This will come down to the wire. I see multiple lead changes in this game. The quarterbacks will have to be leaned on, especially in the fourth quarter. It comes down to which quarterback has the ability and experience to get that done. The answer is Tom Brady. Fans of the New England Patriots have been looking for defensive players to step up and make a name for themselves. The next generation is here and look for players like Ninkovich, Chung and Mayo to come up big.

    * ESPNBoston.com columnist Jackie MacMullan: Patriots 21, Ravens 20. Tight game, small margin of error, advantage Brady and Belichick.

    * ESPNBoston.comís Chris Forsberg: Patriots 33, Ravens 14. The Patriots kick off their Revenge Tour 2011 by atoning for that 2009 wild card loss (just don't expect a 24-point first-quarter outburst like the Ravens, this one will be a little bit more of a grind with New England pulling away late). Two years ago, Ray Rice said after Baltimore's win that "We'll always remember this win." So the Ravens will have that going for them, which is nice.




    What is your prediction for Patriots-Ravens?

    33% Patriots win a blowout
    61% Patriots win a close game
    6% Ravens win
    (Total votes: 9,203)


    * ESPNBoston.comís Mike Rodak: Patriots 24, Ravens 21. This could be the toughest game for the Patriots this season. The Ravens didn't crush the Texans as some expected, but have a running game that could thrash a Patriots defense. The key here for the Patriots, like last week, will be to score early and maintain a lead.

    * ESPNBoston.comís Steve Krasner: Patriots 24, Ravens 10. Tom Brady and the Patriots' offense will find a way to put enough points on the board against a very physical, tough Baltimore defense, and New England's defense will hold Ray Rice in check while forcing Joe Flacco to win the game for the Ravens, which he won't be able to do.

    * ESPN Boston Radioís Adam Jones: Patriots 28, Ravens 20. Despite struggling against the run over the final month of the regular season, I think the Patriots contain Ray Rice, forcing Joe Flacco to beat them with his arm. That's bad news for the Ravens. I also believe Baltimore will do a decent job containing the Patriots tight ends, which will free up Wes Welker and Deion Branch for big days.

    * ESPN Boston Radioís Andrew Brooks: Patriots 34, Ravens 20. Strength vs. strength and weakness vs. weakness would make you think that we are in for a great AFC title game, but I just don't see it. Not that I put a whole lot of stock into the Ravens road record (4-4), I just don't see that team stopping a red hot Patriots team. Brady and the offense are coming off of another record breaking performance and even though the Ravens had the fourth-best pass defense in the league, they haven't been tested by the likes of this Patriot offense. Plus, you know that Belichick has been showing them clips of the last two times these teams met in the playoffs for extra motivation. Not a blowout, but an easy Pats win.

    * Grantland's Bill Simmons: New England 37, Baltimore 26. Believe me, I know all the reasons you'd grab the points here. I visited Bristol on Tuesday, ran into Eric Mangini and listened to him break down -- for five solid minutes -- every hard-core football reason why New England was a better matchup for Baltimore than Houston was. The Mangenious put the fear of God in me. Plus, we know the Ravens will have a ton of confidence going back to New England; we know the Ravens looked worse than they actually are against Houston (and the Patriots looked better than they are); we know the Patriots are going to sell out to stop Rice and let Flacco beat them; we know it's going to be a hard-hitting game; and we know the Ravens think they can beat up Brady and New England's receivers. The recurring theme from any die-hard football follower seems to be, "You know it's gonna be close." So why pick the Pats? I'll keep it simple: If you can beat a supremely motivated Patriots team in New England -- especially this particular Patriots team, which has been lights-out offensively for two solid months and wants nothing more than to end this whole "Baltimore owns you" thing -- without a decent pass rush, a shrewd offensive coordinator, fast linebackers, or a genuinely reliable quarterback that your team totally believes in, then Tebow bless you.

    * ESPN football analyst Mark Schlereth: Patriots win. I think that Patriots offense can just about outscore everybody. I think theyíll outscore the Baltimore Ravens in this game.

    * ESPN football analyst Jerry Rice: Patriots win. I think with Tom Brady theyíre going to utilize the no-huddle offense and wear down the old guys on that Ravens defense.

    * ESPN First Take analyst Jamele Hill: Patriots 35, Ravens 31. Bottom line, offensively, I just donít think Baltimore can do it. I think this is going to be a close game. I donít think New England will cover but I do think the Patriots will win the game. New Engandís offense is going to be able to keep Baltimoreís defense on the field way too long.

    * ESPN First Take analyst Skip Bayless: Patriots 30, Ravens 14. This ainít going to be close. Apologies to my frenemy Terrell Suggs. Heís about to graduate on Sunday in Foxborough from Fall So Hard University. And his profewssor is going to be one Thomas Edward Patrick Brady. Ö (Suggs) will be no factor in this game. This game will be completely different from that one in Foxborugh two years ago.

    * ESPN experts: Seven of the eight experts pick the Patriots. Only Seth Wickersham picks the Ravens.

    * Madden simulation: Patriots 34, Ravens 24. Tom Brady throws four touchdown passes, including two scores to the beast of all beastly tight ends, Rob Gronkowski, as the Patriots simply manhandle the Ravens defense in their 34-24 victory. If anything, it's New England's defense that steps up in the AFC Championship sim, picking off Joe Flacco twice, while holding Ray Rice to just 59 yards rushing.

    * AccuScore simulations: Patriots 28, Ravens 21 (average of more than 10,000 simulations). Click HERE to simulate the game yourself.

    * Matt Williamson, Scouts Inc. (Insider): Patriots 30, Ravens 17.

    Thoughts?
    Who gives a damn who picks who! These idiots sitting behind a camera do not dictate the outcome of the game.

    Keep thumping your chest and blowing Brady and his tight ends all day. No matter what you think, I can promise you the Ravens are going to buckle up their chin straps and be ready for war.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Welka_fan View Post
    Ahahaha @ Ravens fans. No worries I'll be here to talk trash for at least a few posts before heading out after tomorrow's game...I won't stick around though, I'll probably have to troll some NYG forum to talk trash about our SB rematch that's coming up.

    Yeah, who cares what everyone says. Once in a while everyone is wrong. Good logic buddy. Everyone was wrong a couple historic times...yeah...but everyone was right when they said Brady would beat up on denver. Cause denvers qb sucks. Well youknow. Flacco sucks.

    Also, I didnt realize Madden simulation..accuscore...Jerry Rice...Schlereth..7/8 espn experts and quite a few others on there were from boston?

    Keep whistlin in the graveyard, ravens fans. TFB is comin
    Go f**k yourself! You should be banned from this board.

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    Sorry, but welka fan is the spitting image of what I've come to expect from Boston/New England area sports fans.

    No game was ever won on paper. Good luck to you today, this will be a battle. If you think you can breeze your way through this game, I hope you have some level headed friends to help you when *SHOCKER* the Ravens don't lay over and walk Brady to a win. You might want some Tums too, I think we might actually try to make this a close game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Welka_fan View Post
    ^^ I'm confused.
    Indeed!

    Quote Originally Posted by Welka_fan View Post
    Pass rush..I mean it helps..but we're not exactly against a lethal qb if we give him time. Flacco doesn't put up elite numbers very often (unless against the rams or apparently the steelers this year)
    You know, Google is your friend. Try again.

    But LOL at the idea that not having a viable pass rush is just fine and dandy.

    Quote Originally Posted by Welka_fan View Post
    Shrewd off coordinator..you talkin about the pats'?
    I'm talking about O'Brien, the guy who left the building a few weeks ago! I guess he's hanging around out of courtesy while he's reading resumes on the sideline, so that should make you feel better.

    And I see you didn't even try to wisecrack about Patriots slow linebackers. That was wise.




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