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[News] Late For Work 11/15: Oddsmakers Liking Ravens' Chances Much More

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Heinz Field is home away from home. Dixon believes Pit. wanted him. Ravens SB pretenders?

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I think we are getting better at the perfect time of year. I don't care what sports writers have to say . How in the world can our schedule be considered easy are you freaking kidding me? I do understand the need to make a living but can we at least try a little integrity. you want to talk a soft schedule look at the falcons then come back and spew nonesense Joyner.
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Agreed ... Cant ever count out any qb in the NFL.. That being said , you expect the odds makers to lean more to us after big ben gets announced OUT lol.

I think the ravens are alot smarter then to prepare less just because Big Ben is hurt haha ..I think we are going to plAY a good game hoping to win by say a touchdown or two :-P
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EASY SCHEDULE?? are you kidding me??? we played our first 4 games in 17 days!!! and now we have pitt, sd, pitt... that guy's an idiot
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The way this game's shaping up seems like the whole world will be watching, I've got a gut feeling that Joe Flacco will become an ELITE QB after this game
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An how can you say our schedule favors us ? LMAO .. if you call 2 games with the steelers , chargers , gaints , broncos , an the re surging bengals a soft schedule your a moron.
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Another interesting wrinkle here is that in 2003, Leftwich was the quarterback that the Ravens were trying to move up to get by trading with the Vikings, but Jacksonville swooped in and took the spot at the last second, and we ended up with Mr. Boller instead.
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show me an easy schedule that includes the pats, steelers twice in three weeks, chargers, giants, bengals who aren't a bad team, and the broncos. Please. I'm waiting.
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[quote name='TheSim' timestamp='1352990780' post='1219606']
Another interesting wrinkle here is that in 2003, Leftwich was the quarterback that the Ravens were trying to move up to get by trading with the Vikings, but Jacksonville swooped in and took the spot at the last second, and we ended up with Mr. Boller instead.
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yea, but we got suggs in the first instead. A move I would do ten times over
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[quote name='dweezy420' timestamp='1352990705' post='1219603']
An how can you say our schedule favors us ? LMAO .. if you call 2 games with the steelers , chargers , gaints , broncos , an the re surging bengals a soft schedule your a moron.
[/quote]Yes indeed!!!
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KC joyner [i][is wrong[/i]]. Come playoff time no one will want to see the ravens, especially if they have to come to M&T
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!!!easy schedule!!! we have a easy schedule? KC Joyner you need your eyes checked and look again or your just a flat out hater.we have the 4th hardest schedule in the nfl but if YOU was talking about the New England Patriots who seem to always get a easy schedule.you would say They are not lucky they find a way to win! RIGHT
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Reasons Why The Ravens Are Contenders:

1:They have that playoff pedigree. They know how to get there, and they know how to win when they are there.
2:Raven's defense is getting better every week. With Suggs back, everyone else becomes a little better. Redzone defense = Best in NFL
3:Their 7-2 record wasn't built on pretty wins, but they know how to get it done in a close game.
4: When Rice isn't producing, like last Sunday, the passing game can carry us. Flacco is becoming more comfortable with his targets, including Jacoby Jones who is quickly becoming a big part of the offense.
5: They have camaraderie. This team is a family and they trust each other and love each other. Football is a game of emotion and this team has plenty of that.
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I've come to completely tune out all "predictions" about what "kind of a team" anybody has. Were the Giants worldbeaters last year? Or in 2007? How many times did we read "Just give the Packers the Lombardi now" articles last year before they lost their home divisional round game to a 9-7 team after going 15-1?

Just about the only Super Bowl in the last 5 years that made sense according to these "analysts" was '09, but how many of these "experts" predicted both the Saints and the Colts would fail to reach the Super Bowl because they rested their starters for the last two weeks of the season?

Stop letting these blowhards get under your skin. They're just paid to make you angry.
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We haven't quite hit our groove in the second half, but if we win the next 3 straight then everyone will be calling us a shoo-in for the Lombardi. Beat writers are just that beat!
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Leftwich is just as dangerous as Roethlisberger, as far as I'm concerned, I'm not calling anyone a pushover just yet.
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Leftwich has a very strong arm and their receivers have speed. We need to worry about getting beat deep.
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Before the Raiders game, many writers were saying that we can't stop the run nor the passing game. Last Sunday should have quieted down the criticism. Let's just say that a decisive victory at Heinz will be enough to shut their loud mouths up. Even so, I'll take a close victory to send those mullet heads home again.
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Its not always the team that plays the best that gets the win, you do need some luck on your side, i'll take any win the ravens get any which way! so your 5 reasons doesn't count joyner
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Who is this Joyner anyway? I'd love to see us win all of our games from here on out. That includes the playoffs and Super Bowl.
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We score alot of points and keep the other team out of the red zone. We are the Patriots in this season. Very uncharacteristic for a Ravens team. However people have to just deal with it. Our D is steadily improving and so is our O.
That Raiders game left me with a good feeling, that we finally figured out a balance between Flacco and Rice, because even as the running game wasn't putting up gaudy numbers we never fully abondoned it, keeping the threat of Rice looming over the Raiders. I hope it's a sign that Cam finally figured out, just how fortunet he is as an OC.
Great QB plus Great RB equals Fantastic Offense. Simple equation really.
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Pretenders NOT contenders...SMH. KC Joyner.... did your name used to be Skip Bayless?
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So we have an easy schedule. What about us beating the ne patriots, Why dont joyner go tell ne that there an easy team to play, We got the giants and broncos and steelers left. the way they were talking about steeler still making playoffs without ben on monday night. These sports writers really just say anything they want like skip bayless. They say any old dumb thing with no evidence and make there selves look down right stupid. Idiots. When the ravens win they say the other team looses. I guess we didnt beat the 7 teams our record says. With that said I love being the underdog. When we are in the SB they say I knew Baltimore was gonna win all the way lol. Reporters are like fake fans wearing a different jersey every year. Witch ever team is winning that year. Lets be real. BUT THEY CANT when ravens are involved they have to hate, One of the smallest nfl markets but the most loyal fans ever and wouldnt change it for the world. Love my ravens. We sell out every game every year if Flacco or K, Boyler is QB they allways sell out.
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Didnt the Raiders beat Pitt this season? Didnt we DESTROY the Raiders?...
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Who is KC Joyner? If this is the first time I'm hearing your name, then you are officially nobody. The Ravens still have games to win and need to play well of course, but those reasons are really bogus. Not even close, just another Ravens hater, there are many. That list doesn't require a rebuttal.
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[quote name='SinisterRaven' timestamp='1352991800' post='1219616']
!!!easy schedule!!! we have a easy schedule? KC Joyner you need your eyes checked and look again or your just a flat out hater.we have the 4th hardest schedule in the nfl but if YOU was talking about the New England Patriots who seem to always get a easy schedule.you would say They are not lucky they find a way to win! RIGHT
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If you check our schedule we have played 2 teams with a winning record and won 1 and got crushed in the other. That 4[sup]th[/sup] hardest schedule had to have been based on what the records of the teams we have played were at the end of last season. The Bungals, NE and Houston made the playoffs; Oak, Philly and Dallas were 8-8; KC was 7-9 so at the beginning of the season when strength of schedule is determined our schedule looked much more difficult. Looking at how those same teams have done so far this year you have to say most stink, hence we’ve been winning against a bunch of inferior teams and we have not looked very impressive against them. I believe we appear to be turning the corner and getting some defensive mojo back with TSizzle on the field as well as moving Upshaw to DT. I like our chances on Sunday but I don’t base it on what we did last year. This is a new year and a new Ravens team. The squeelers look more like they did last year than we do. With the possibility of Mendehal and Polamalu coming back the Ravens job gets that much harder. If Flacco plays within his ability and doesn’t try to appear elite and gets the ball into R. Rice’s hand when he is in space and we commit to the run we should be able to keep our D fresh and effective and keep their point total below ours.
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Just wondering where we got such a favorable schedule. Cincy up and coming possibly winning the AFC North, Giants, Dallas, Philly all SB contenders, New England another SB contender, Pitt always good, San Diego and Denver favorites to win their division. This
guy is an idiot. It's easy to say we have a favorable schedule after the fact. What a Bozo.
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Since I had no idea who KC Joyner was I googled him and it seems he has no real football credentials. He is a blogger who usually writes outrageous things for attention. That explains why he is so out of touch that he thinks the 4th hardest schedule is highly favorable. He is a nobody, a skip bayless wannabe.
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I have an idea that they will still be calling us the underdog when we go to the Super Bowl this year.
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Steelers 2x in 3 weeks, Chargers on the road, Giants, Broncos, Bengals, and Redskins. Not much about that says favorable to me, unless they all suddenly start playing poorly for no reason.
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[quote name='Jes' timestamp='1352990667' post='1219600']
EASY SCHEDULE?? are you kidding me??? we played our first 4 games in 17 days!!! and now we have pitt, sd, pitt... that guy's an idiot
[/quote]And, only one home game in October and in November. Not exactly easy. Go Ravens!!! :)
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even before ben got hurt i had no doubt we would sweep the steelers . at the beginning of the season all we heard was we would miss the playoffs cause we had such a tough schedule now its easy cause we are beating it ...........seems like sports reporting is like weather prediciting make good money and never have to be right ,,,, ever .
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[quote name='bmorefan444' timestamp='1352992118' post='1219617']
Reasons Why The Ravens Are Contenders:

1:They have that playoff pedigree. They know how to get there, and they know how to win when they are there.
2:Raven's defense is getting better every week. With Suggs back, everyone else becomes a little better. Redzone defense = Best in NFL
3:Their 7-2 record wasn't built on pretty wins, but they know how to get it done in a close game.
4: When Rice isn't producing, like last Sunday, the passing game can carry us. Flacco is becoming more comfortable with his targets, including Jacoby Jones who is quickly becoming a big part of the offense.
5: They have camaraderie. This team is a family and they trust each other and love each other. Football is a game of emotion and this team has plenty of that.
[/quote]Wish I could vote this post up 2or 3 more times. Go Ravens!!! :)
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[quote name='Zeus' timestamp='1352993414' post='1219631']
Didnt the Raiders beat Pitt this season? Didnt we DESTROY the Raiders?...
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Any given Sunday... You can't say that. I mean, we lost to Jacksonville, Tennessee, and Seattle last year. By your logic we shouldn't have beaten the Steelers last year. They beat all three of them.... :rolleyes:
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Of KC Joyner's 5 reasons for the Ravens defying conventional wisdom, I agree to some degree with all five!

Joe E-Lite does take too many chances and how much of that is Cam, nobody knows, play to play!

Yes, the run blocking has regressed from the past due to Ben Grubbs' exit and our youngsters and make-shift O-Line!

Add to this that Ray Rice is not as patient waiting for blocks as he was last year because he hasn't been given the chance to get into a "flow" week to week! That's on Cam!

Our defense has been hurting since Day-One, no secret there but saying that we've had a weak schedule at the onset does have some relevance to it! The only true test we had to date has been Houston and Cincy and we're 1 and 1 there. Should never have lost to the Eagles!
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ESPN may need to implement a drug testing policy (which I do no beleive that KC Joyner will pass)

What is he talking about
Flacco takes too many chances??? I thought that minus the Radier game that Flacco was too conservative?

Ray RIce insnt himself (look at his avg yeards per touch)

A favorable schedule? It was voted teh 2nd hardest schedule in the NFL to start the season!
We had the Patriots, and Texans... the #1 and #3 seed in the AFC (with us in the middle)
We played @ KC considered one of the toughtest places to play! We beat the cowboys, who will probably end up winning their divison. We beat teh Bengals (who just beat up on the defending superbowl champion New York Giants

We smashed to Raiders who can boast of wins over the steelers and Chargers adn nearly upset the Falcons. Heck at the time we played the Eagles (efore injuries hit Philly) many people were ranking Philly as one of the teams to beat in the NFC

And last.... the Browns... they have beaten the Bengals and Chagers and are not an easy out...so - I really dont feel like we have a favorable schedule and the schedule is getting worse quicky

We have the sqeelers twice in three weeks - sandwiched inbetween is a cros country trip to play a good offenseive team out in SD

Then we face RGIII, ELI, PEyton and the Bungoles again to finish the season!

KC Joyner should do a little research before he actually writes something so that he dont look drunk or dumb!
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KC what Sched you Looking at? Shut up. National Media is such a joke. please lets hear more about how jerry jones made someone clean his glasses, or how Rex feels about Tebow. we here know what we have.

Looking forward to another Festivus run. Go Ravens
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ok so who the heck is KC Joyner?.. whatever it is it sure sounds like a computer program gone bad..... a favorable schedule?... really?... I've just come to realize some people just cant stand out guts... new England has a far easier schedule than us oh and where are they now?.. in the freaking wild cards I believe... We distroyed the Raiders, a team that beat pittsburg... at 7-2 we've earned those 7 wins.. they were close and high blood pressure inducing games... but we won... no one added points to the scoreboard for us for free... we earned each and everyone of those darn points that gave us a win.... including the jacoby jones TD vs the eagles that was taken away from us.... 8-1 is where we should be... thats what the football gods want us to be...

So up urs KC Joyner... whoever u are... probably some 5th string writer or something...
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bah everyone always thinks we're pretenders. that is, the bloggers and writers who have NO NFL experience whatsoever. Ask a football mind though, a guy who'se been in the front offices or player ranks, and I'll bet you'll find a guy who is envious of the Ravens organization. Why waste time responding to no namers like Joyner or Hensley who are nothing but journalists working for a sports news company? People love to discredit BAL because they don't win like NE does or like we did last week all the time. Who cares, let em
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We got this far at 7-2. We def shouldnt take anyone lightly. All i know is if we win sunday(which we will lol), We have will def have a good chance to win out division and clinching homefield advantage. No one can mess with us at home. No one
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reasons the ravens are super bowl contenders:

1. The defense is improving each week and is number 1 in the red zone.
2. Flacco is going to be more consistent on the road, watch for it this weekend. He will be in MVP consideration by year's end.
3. The Ravens have the best special teams in the league.
4. Ray Rice is going to have a monster 2nd half and be huge in the playoffs.
5. The Ravens DIFFICULT schedule will raise their level of play heading into the playoffs.
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