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    Re: Jamison Hensley: The Ravens will finish 3rd in the AFC North.



    Quote Originally Posted by kojo View Post
    It is certainly plausible for the ravens to finish third. Based on the ravens schedule and if the offense doesn't step up to keep up with the elite QBs (see 2011 Chargers game) or have injuries that slow down Rice then 9-7 isnt too hard to see. I will be happy if they get 11-5 or 10-6 this year. The patriots seem to have a cupcake schedule and should be able to lock the number 1 seed so the Ravens have their work cut out for them. Last season was the Super Bowl run guys, I'll be really shocked if they do it this year!
    Unfortunately I pretty much agree with you here. It's also pretty emotionally draining for a team to come so close and then have to go back and do it all over again.




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    Re: Jamison Hensley: The Ravens will finish 3rd in the AFC North.

    Predicting records before preseason is pointless. Predicting them before the first quarter of the season ends isn't even that easy.
    My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging. -Hank Aaron




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    Re: Jamison Hensley: The Ravens will finish 3rd in the AFC North.

    Quote Originally Posted by ActualSpamBot View Post
    Predicting records before preseason is pointless. Predicting them before the first quarter of the season ends isn't even that easy.
    Yes it is, but that won't stop us from doing it. What else are we going to do before training camp starts.

    I don't think any of us care what Jamison thinks in his new blog. He is falling over backwards trying not to look like a Ravens homer. We know it, and he knows it.

    As for next season:

    Cleveland will stink like they always do.
    The league will have a year's worth of tape to study Cincinnati's rookies from last year. They rookies coming in will contribute, but will not be a factor until 2013. They will be make some noise but in the end they will not hang with the stealers or the Ravens.

    The stealers will be the stealers. Their defense will be a year older, folks will fill in and they will be a top 5 unit. Ben and Wallace will make some plays; their o-line will improve but there will be rookie mistakes. They will rely almost exclusively on the passing game, because of their uncertain running back situation, and Ben will make stupid throws and getted picked in key situations and lose at least 4-5 games by himself.

    Three teams we think will be good in the league will struggle. Three other teams (one being Tennessee probably) will be better than expected.

    Ozzie will work his magic and find at least one more O lineman who will start. Between McKinnie, Reid and the rookies someone will work out. Our O line will be average, but servicable.

    Someone on the defensive line will step up until Suggs comes back for the playoffs. I am betting McPhee and and our new Alabama rookie.

    Rice will be back with or without a new contract and will play like he always has. The "mercurial" Ed Reed will realize the $7 million is a lot of money and will be back to his usual gambling self in what will be the best defensive backfield in the league. (Is Ed Reed the only person ever referred to as mercurial)?

    Harbaugh will grow a pair and tell Ray he has to put back some more weight and come out on certain passing downs.

    Joe will continue to improve. His mother and/or mother in law will move in with him to help out with the baby. He will not worry about his new son (Having a ton of money in the bank kind of reduces a lot of concerns when it comes to kids).

    As long as someone on the Ravens can CATCH THE FRICKIN' FOOTBALL we will be fine.

    We will be around 11-5, the stealers will be in the mix as well. Whoever has fewer serious injuries will win the division. The Ravens, Texans, Pats, stealers, and either SD or Denver and one surprise team will make the playoffs.

    Have a geat summer. Don't sweat it. Crabs are plentiful, National Premium is back. Come that first Monday night game none of us will care what any idiot wrote or predicted about the Ravens.

    IN OZZIE WE TRUST.
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    Re: Jamison Hensley: The Ravens will finish 3rd in the AFC North.

    Quote Originally Posted by kojo View Post
    It is certainly plausible for the ravens to finish third. Based on the ravens schedule and if the offense doesn't step up to keep up with the elite QBs (see 2011 Chargers game) or have injuries that slow down Rice then 9-7 isnt too hard to see. I will be happy if they get 11-5 or 10-6 this year. The patriots seem to have a cupcake schedule and should be able to lock the number 1 seed so the Ravens have their work cut out for them. Last season was the Super Bowl run guys, I'll be really shocked if they do it this year!
    See post 32.

    This tough schedule could quickly become not very difficult.

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    Re: Jamison Hensley: The Ravens will finish 3rd in the AFC North.

    Hensley's schtick is getting very tiresome. As most have alluded to he seems desperate to appease the other three teams fans in the AFC North by going out of his way to constantly prove he's not a Ravens homer and knocking the team/their chances/their players at every possible turn. Where have you gone James Walker?




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    Re: Jamison Hensley: The Ravens will finish 3rd in the AFC North.

    Quote Originally Posted by flraven View Post
    I think he feels the need to be like that, since he still lives in Baltimore and doesn't want the other fans in the division to dismiss him as a homer.
    Which is funny, because it is not working at all. If you read the comments, the fans of the other teams (the Steelers have some real mouth-breathers on there) all call him a homer for everything he says. He barely says anything negative about the other teams, but they all assume bias anyway. The Steeler fans go crazy when ever JH mentions that James Harrison said something stupid (which is any time he opens his mouth).




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    Re: Jamison Hensley: The Ravens will finish 3rd in the AFC North.

    For the record, I think we're going to finish in 3rd as well.
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    Re: Jamison Hensley: The Ravens will finish 3rd in the AFC North.

    For the record, I have no idea how the Ravens will finish. I am very hopeful and optimistic that they will do very well this year. They'll win the division, get a first round-bye, and ultimately hoist the Lombardi down in New Orleans.
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    Re: Jamison Hensley: The Ravens will finish 3rd in the AFC North.

    Quote Originally Posted by dandrews View Post
    For the record, I think we're going to finish in 3rd as well.
    Why?




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    Re: Jamison Hensley: The Ravens will finish 3rd in the AFC North.

    Too much can happen during the season, like it does every year( Injuries, off field problems, and last but not least, team implodes). Happened to the chargers, jets, steelers several years ago, vikings,bills last year, so it will have to be a wait and see what happens. Sportswriters know just a little bit more then the most rabid football fan.




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    Re: Jamison Hensley: The Ravens will finish 3rd in the AFC North.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ravens75 View Post
    Why?
    Because every season there is great turnover in the standings. The 4 consecutive playoff appearances is remarkable in itself. It's going to end at somepoint, and it's pointless to pretend it won't. This isn't baseball we're talking about here. It's not a knock on us as much as it is praise to the other two teams that I think will finish in front. I think Cincy will win the division (they are LOADED with talent) and Pittsburgh will slightly edge us out. The loss of the DPOY doesn't help either.

    I'm also not going to pretend that I know this for a fact. I have no clue. It's just how I see it playing out.
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    Re: Jamison Hensley: The Ravens will finish 3rd in the AFC North.

    Quote Originally Posted by ActualSpamBot View Post
    Predicting records before preseason is pointless. Predicting them before the first quarter of the season ends isn't even that easy.
    Exactly.

    Last year's 12 ESPN Experts preseason (September 1) picks:

    AFC North: Steelers 8, Ravens 4
    AFC South: 5 experts picked the Colts
    AFC West: unanimous for the Chargers
    NFC West: Rams 9, Cardinals 3
    NFC East: Eagles 11, Cowboys 1

    Only one expert picked the Giants (as a wild card) to even make the playoffs.

    Super Bowl:
    Patriots v. Packers (4)
    Patriots v. Saints (2)
    Patriots v. Eagles (2)
    Patriots v. Cowboys
    Steelers v. Eagles
    Chargers v. Saints
    Jets v. Falcons

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    Re: Jamison Hensley: The Ravens will finish 3rd in the AFC North.

    Quote Originally Posted by dandrews View Post
    Because every season there is great turnover in the standings. The 4 consecutive playoff appearances is remarkable in itself. It's going to end at somepoint, and it's pointless to pretend it won't. This isn't baseball we're talking about here. It's not a knock on us as much as it is praise to the other two teams that I think will finish in front. I think Cincy will win the division (they are LOADED with talent) and Pittsburgh will slightly edge us out. The loss of the DPOY doesn't help either.

    I'm also not going to pretend that I know this for a fact. I have no clue. It's just how I see it playing out.
    And the Ravens are not? Come on man. I don't think Cinci has a talent edge over Pitt or Baltimore. Infact, I think it could still be argued that they are still lagging behind, slightly. Not to mention Marvin Lewis is the worst head coach in the division, among coaches who have established a track record. (The jury is still out on Shurmur).

    The fact is the division is going to be a dog fight down to the very end. Could the Ravens end up 3rd? Sure, but there is nothing concrete to base that prediction on. We've still got training camp and the preseason to go through.

    The streak will end one day, of course it will but so will the world as we know. Until it happens, who cares...




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    Re: Jamison Hensley: The Ravens will finish 3rd in the AFC North.

    The Bengals do have some talent, but they've got what I would call "lopsided" talent (if that makes sense).

    They've got 1 really great young WR and a lot of unknowns. They've got a solid OL with a top rated LT and they've got an intelligent young QB with good accuracy and an offensive coordinator who knows how to use him. They don't have a ton of talent in the backfield and the rest of their receivers are all untested/unknown. Defensively they've got 1 great cornerback and 2 outstanding DT's (Peko & Atkins). Other than that, they're very pedestrian.
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    Re: Jamison Hensley: The Ravens will finish 3rd in the AFC North.

    Quote Originally Posted by wickedsolo View Post
    The Bengals do have some talent, but they've got what I would call "lopsided" talent.
    that does makes sense and I agree. I also agree that coaching is a problem for them.

    I think it comes down to the Ravens and Pitt but I get why we are not going to be picked by most experts. Especially ones that aren't really paying attention.




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