Next to the Stanley Cup, the Lombardi Trophy is one of the toughest goals to accomplish back-to-back. And starting with Training Camp in two weeks, that’s what the Baltimore Ravens are going to attempt to do.
In order to accomplish the difficult feat, The Ravens had to unload a lot of their players due to the salary cap issues. That wasn’t too fun for most of the Baltimoreans.
The Ravens’ Ozzie Newsome didn’t want to stand pat like he did after the 2000 Super Bowl title. So he had to let go key stalwarts like Ed Reed and Anquan Boldin.
The schedule this season is tough. No doubt about it. The Ravens would’ve started things off @ home like other Super Bowl Champions. However, the Ravens had scheduling conficts with the Orioles, who are at home on September 5th.
So Baltimore will have to hit the road and travel to Mile High Stadium to face a bunch of angry Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium.
Among the highlighted parts of the schedule, The Ravens host the Houston Texans which highlights the return of Ed Reed to M&T Bank Stadium on September 22nd. Then Aaron Rodgers and his Green Bay Packers invade M&T on October 13th. The next week, the Ravens travel to Pittsburgh to play those hated Steelers.
Then there’s the interesting match-up with Calvin Johnson and the Detroit Lions on the road in a Monday night thriller on December 16th. Following that is the AFC Title rematch when Tom Brady and the New England Patriots invade M&T on December 22nd in an NBC Sunday night blockbuster game.
Look for the Ravens to at least land a playoff spot. From there, as we all know, it’s unpredictable what will happen from there.
It’s hard to predict a repeat. But wouldn’t it be fun to see something like that happen in Baltimore?
Only this time, you won’t have to travel far to see it happen. The Super Bowl will be in New York.
In the words of Bart Scott, “Can’t Wait!”