Sunday, September 2, 2012
FRSDailyJournal: SBNation: AFC North Preview: Are Bengals Poised to Leap Past Steelers and Ravens?: The Ravens Still The Team To Beat
The biggest question for the Ravens in 2012, will be can Terrell Suggs even comeback from injury and even if he does. Can he even give the Ravens anything that resembles what he's given them the past nine years, as not only one of the top pass rushers in the NFL but also against the run. As one of the top 3-5 Rush Ends in the NFL, without Suggs, the Ravens defense changes a lot and unless. They can get similar production for someone else or a combination of players, otherwise the Ravens defense won't be very good and a lot of pressure will be put on QB Joe Flacco, RB Ray Rice, WR Anquan Bolden. And the rest of the Ravens offense, the good news for the Ravens, is that they will be improved and this won't be a team that has to hold their opponents to seventeen points or less to win anymore. The Ravens may have one of the top ten offenses in the NFL in 2012, its just that if they get similar production from their defense, this a Super Bowl contender, with the New England Patriots. Once again being their main obstacle to getting back to the Super Bowl since they won their only Super Bowl in 2000.
As far as the rest of the division, the Cincinnati Bengals I believe can be good again. Head Coach Marvin Lewis finally has a good team on both offense and defense and they'll no longer have to score thirty points a game to win, which is what they've had to do. For the most part in the Marvin Lewis era but the problem they have is that they are still in the AFC North. And they won't surprise anyone this year, especially the Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers, the class of the AFC North. The last ten years and they won't surprise anyone thats good in the AFC, so we'll see if the Bengals in 2012 are finally ready to make back to back playoff appearances. For the first time since 1982 and as far as the Pittsburgh Steelers, who will be their RB or will they do it by committee. Who'll will open the holes for them in the running game, their OL has question marks and how will they protect QB Ben Rothlisburger with the same OL.
Yes I'm a Ravens fan, even though they are my second team and they have a couple of question marks on defense. But with the improvements they'll make of offense and the fact even with the questions, this is still a good defense. The Ravens are still the team to be in the AFC North until someone does it, especially with the question marks that the other teams have. And that the Cleveland Browns are clearly the fourth best team in this four team division.