Oops…I actually posted this last Monday. I have no idea how it made up on the site today.
I might as well get it out of the way now.
That way, it gives me all week to talk about it.
The Ravens are going to win in Tennessee on Saturday. I guarantee it.
Hey, I’m not Joe Namath or anything like that. Guaranteeing a Super Bowl win when you’re playing in the game is one thing. Guaranteeing a win when you’re just a radio guy rooting for the home team is something else completely different.
Joe Namath, I’m not.
But, a guarantee is a guarantee.
The Ravens are winning on Saturday in Tennessee.
Watch and see.
It’s been a long time since I’ve “guaranteed” a game. In fact, it was late in the ’03 season…December 15 to be exact…when the Ravens went to Oakland and laid a big, fat egg against a horrible Raiders team, falling 20-12 under the expert guidance of Anthony Wright.
The week leading up to that game, I poo-poo’d all the callers who chimed in with voices of concern.
“No way. The Ravens aren’t losing this game. I guarantee they win. Guarantee it.”
I went on the air the morning after the loss and said, “That’s it for me. You won’t hear me guarantee a win ever again.”
Sugar Ray Leonard and Brett Favre both went back on their word. So can I.
The Ravens are winning in Tennessee.
I guarantee it. (It’s been so long since I’ve said that…I just enjoy the sound of it, actually.)
Why am I so optimistic?
When the playoffs started, there were only two quarterbacks in the post-season capable of beating the Ravens: Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger.
Manning is gone. Big Ben has a date with suddenly-hot San Diego next Sunday. We’ll see how that goes.
In the meantime, Baltimore heads to Nashville to take on Kerry Collins on Saturday.
Kerry Collins is not going to beat the Ravens in a playoff game.
Big Ben? Sure. Philip Rivers? Perhaps. But Collins? Nope. I just don’t see it.
How’s Tennessee gonna win? They watched the blow-out in Miami yesterday like the rest of the nation. They KNOW they can’t throw the ball on Baltimore and win. Run it? Well, that’s their strength, so we have to assume they’re going to puff out their chest and bring it on the ground. Good-freakin’-luck.
At some point, on one of those 3rd and 9’s or 3rd and 6’s, they’re gonna have to throw the ball. And disaster will strike. Kerry Collins will not make enough plays to beat Baltimore on Saturday.
Much like the Ravens in ’06, the Titans will need a quarter or so to get their “game legs” after a 2-week layoff. By that time, Baltimore will inch ahead 10-3 and use ball control and a few Flacco-to-Mason hook-ups for a 17-10 victory.
It will go right down to the final series, most likely.
But Baltimore is WINNING on Saturday.
But, If Baltimore loses, I’ll never, ever guarantee another game…EVER.