Found September 13, 2012 on Football Nation:
There’s plenty to talk about after only one week of football in the AFC North.First and foremost is the play of the Baltimore Ravens, who coincidentally are in first place in the division.The Ravens made an emphatic statement on Monday night against the Bengals that the road for the AFC North crown will go through them. The stellar play of their defense has almost been taken for granted recently, but it was Joe Flacco and the offense that had everyone talking around the water cooler on Tuesday morning.On the other hand, Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh will go back to the drawing board this weekend, as each team looks for its first win of 2012.As all four teams prepare for week 2 of the NFL season, here are five things to watch for:1) Mocking Birds: The Ravens travel to Philadelphia to face the Eagles on Sunday, and, while the nation wants to know who has the better offense, the respective defenses will be out to prove they have the better unit too. Expect the winner of this co...

Flacco begins season, salary drive with flourish

In his effort to get a lucrative new contract from the Baltimore Ravens, Joe Flacco might not need to do anything more than let his performance speak for itself Or, he could have coach John Harbaugh talk on his behalf. After Flacco ripped apart the Cincinnati Bengals defense for 299 yards and two touchdowns in a 44-13 rout Monday night, Harbaugh felt compelled to weigh in on negotiations...

Flacco Making Push for Fantasy Football Stardom

PREMIERE QB: Joe Flacco wants to be known as a premiere NFL quarterback and his performance on Monday Night Football certainly helped his case. When you think of the top quarterbacks in fantasy football, the Ravens’ Joe Flacco does not automatically come to mind.  That’s because a typical Baltimore team wins on defense, not offense, and the Ravens’ Ray Rice is really the offensive...

John Harbaugh on Joe Flacco: ‘Pay him whatever he wants’

If the Ravens front office was looking for leverage in contract negotiations with Joe Flacco, they found none this week. Baltimore is expected to give Flacco more freedom this season and let him run the no-huddle offense, and he turned that freedom into 21-for-29 passing, 299 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in a 44-13 win over Cincinnati Monday night. He also got the ultimate...

5 reasons the Ravens could lose in Week 2

Yes, the Baltimore Ravens and Joe Flacco looked amazing last Monday Night against a division rival and yes the offense probably played the best game you’ve ever seen them play. The defense, while only giving up 13 points did bend a bit to the inside running game. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Eagles struggled to beat a perennially rebuilding Browns team. So, why am I telling you...

Bengals match worst opening loss ever

The Bengals viewed their first game as a chance to show they've made big strides in the offseason. Instead, they matched the worst season-opening loss in franchise history. The defense was shredded during a 44-13 loss in Baltimore on Monday night that demonstrated there's still a big gap between them and the elite in the AFC North. Joe Flacco threw for 299 yards in little...

Baltimore Ravens at Philadelphia Eagles Week 2 NFL Preview

(US Presswire) The Ravens come into this matchup as arguably the most impressive team in the NFL thanks to Joe Flacco going bonkers to a bevy of weapons on Monday Night Football. Flacco threw for 299 yards and 2 TD and star wide receiver Torrey Smith only hauled in 2 passes for 57 yards. Ray Rice as usual proved to be the best back in the NFL, totaling for 93 yards and 2 TD. The...

"Is Joe Flacco an elite QB?" - the question nobody is asking

"Sure he's elite, of course he is… he's the best quarterback I've ever been around." - Ravens coach John Harbaugh "… of course Harbaugh said that he thinks his quarterback is elite. What else would he say? Flacco played very well, but he has to do this consistently to be in the same league as Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Drew Brees and the...

Ravens-Eagles Preview

A late game-winning drive salvaged an otherwise dreadful Week 1 for Michael Vick. Joe Flacco was brilliant for virtually all 60 minutes. Vick could be facing an unfriendly home crowd if his performance is much like the season opener, and Philadelphia Eagles fans would only be more temperamental if Flacco and the new-look Baltimore Ravens offense have another big game Sunday. Limited...

Ravens Give the Bengals a Beat Down on Monday Night

Ravens vs Bengals Review Ravens 44 – Bengals 13 On Monday night in Baltimore it was feast or famine during the AFC North battle between the Ravens and the Bengals. The Ravens were undoubtedly the ones feasting while they left the Bengals in a state of starvation looking for answers to where their 7th ranked defense was last night. The Ravens came out firing on all cylinders...

Baltimore Ravens: 2012 Week 2 Power Rankings (#14)

Last week: 15 (+1) Record: 1-0 This is the first in 4 straight controversial rankings. Two of my early season bold predictions, Titans over Ravens and Rams over 49ers, took a hit on an otherwise solid week 1, but I hate to change predictions after 1 week. I’d rather be wrong than flip flop because I think I’m wrong and then be proven right. Everyone is wrong about stuff. If I’m...

Week 2 Fantasy Football Preview: Ravens vs Eagles

 Last week, the Baltimore Ravens (1-0) came out and featured their new "sugar-huddle" offense being ran by Cam Cameron. The offense exploded for 430 yards, 308 of those by way of the pass.Joe Flacco is in a contract year and wants to have a huge season to earn that paycheck. Ray Rice can play in this new style of offense and is a great receiver out of the backfield, showing...

Baltimore Ravens vs. Philadelphia Eagles: Battle of the Birds

The Ravens look to continue riding their hot streak this week in Philadelphia against the 1-0 Eagles, who are coming off an ugly win over the Browns in Cleveland, a game that featured eight total interceptions. Although the Eagles' offense struggled for most of game against Browns, and Baltimore pummeled 2011 playoff participant Cincinnati, those curious Vegas odds-makers have...
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