Fun Colts/Ravens Fantasy tournament— Early rounds

August 13, 2009 |

 

     As we get ready for the NFL season. I decided it might be fun to play a little imaginary tournament between all the teams of Baltimore past. There is a website called whatifsports.com. On it you can simulate almost any professional sporting event and some collegiate games.  It gives detailed descriptions of the results with full stats.

       I decided to seed all the Colts teams from 1953 to 1983 and all the Ravens teams from 1996 to present and let them have at it. I could have done 100 simulations per game, but I decided to do just one. I figured why not have some upsets. This isn’t meant to determine the greatest team in franchise history. That is a bar argument. This was just to have some fun before the season starts.If you enjoy this, next we could do an all-franchise tournament that would pit squads like the 2004 Patriots versus the 1976 Raiders. We’ll see.

  As far as this tournament goes, I made the higher seeded team the home team. That was their one advantage. The Colts had 31 squads so only the 1958 Colts got a first round bye. The Ravens had 13 teams, so 2000, 2008, and 2006 all got byes into the second round. I give you fair warning there are some ridiculous upsets, so don’t get mad at me, get mad at the simulator. And as I said. It’s all in good fun. Once I get to the semis, I will give more detailed descriptions of the games.

 

                                       Colts First Round

#17 1962 Colts over #16 1963 Colts      14-13

MVP: Johnny Unitas     12-18  183 yds   1 TD;   Lenny Moore 3 yd TD run in 2nd quarter was the difference in a defensive struggle.

#9  1967 Colts over  #24 1955 Colts    30-7

MVP:  Tom Matte  150 yds rushing 1 TD;  Willie Richardson had 5 catches

 #8 1965 Colts over  #25 1956 Colts      31-7

MVP:    Lenny Moore  81 yds rushing 3 catches and 3 TD’s;  Glenn Ressler had two sacks.

  #5  1964 Colts over  #28 1954 Colts    21-7

MVP:  John Mackey  3 catches for 79 yards and 2 TD’s;  Unitas threw for 262 yards.

 #21  1960 Colts over  #12 1966 Colts    28-0

MVP:  Johnny Unitas   15-26  270yds  3TD’s;   Raymond Berry 7 catches for 125 yards

  #20  1957 Colts  over  #13 1961 Colts    16-14

MVP:Lenny Moore   37 rush yards  47 receiving yards 1 TD;  Alan Ameche 2 yd TD run with 1:57 left to win it.

   #4  1959 Colts  over  #29  1953 Colts  38-17

MVP:  Alan Ameche  103 rush yds 2 TD’s;  Unitas had 267 yards and 3 TD’s

   #30  1982 Colts over  #3 1970 Colts  17-14

MVP: Mike Pagel 190 yards passing and 2 TD’s;  29 yard Pagel to Bernard Henry pass with 37 seconds left for the shocking upset after two 4th down conversions on last drive.

  #19 1980 Colts over  #14 1983 Colts   20-15

MVP: Joe Washington   46 rush yards  59 receiving yards 2 TD’s;  8 yd pass from Bert Jones to Washington with 2:07 left for the win.

  #22  1979 Colts over  #11  1977 Colts    31-17

MVP: Greg Landry  13-17 246 yards  2 TD’s;  Sanders Shiver 11 tackles and a sack.

   # 27  1973 Colts over  #6  1976 Colts    19-18

MVP: Lydell Mitchell  17 carries 117 yards and a TD; Marty Domres 22 yard TD pass to Glenn Doughty on last play of game.

    #7   1971 Colts over  #26 1974 Colts    22-0

MVP: Norm Bulaich  65 rush yards  68 receiving yards and 1 TD;  Jim O’Brien 5 FG’s.

    #10  1975 Colts over  #23 1978 Colts  24-6

MVP: Stan White  2 sacks and 2 INT’s;  Lydell Mitchell had 111 total yards.

    #15 1969 Colts over  #18  1972 Colts    24-6

MVP: Johnny Unitas  16-18  267 yards 3 TD’s; Tom Matte had 85 rush yards and 25 receiving yards.

     #2 1968 Colts over # 31 1981 Colts  48-6

MVP: Earl Morrall  17-25  244 yards  4 TD’s; Jerry Hill 61 rush yards and 2 TD’s.

 

                                      Colts Second Round

   #1 1958 Colts  over#17  1962 Colts    21-13

MVP: Andy Nelson  2 INT’s ;       Art Donovan 7 solo tackles

    #8  1965 Colts over  #9  1967 Colts  13-6

MVP:  Johnny Unitas  16-23  232 yards 1 TD;   4 yard Unitas to Raymond Berry pass early in the fourth got the lead and the ’65 defense held on first and goal in the final minute.

     #5   1964 Colts  over  #21  1960 Colts  19-10

MVP:  Jerry Hill   8 carries for 58 yards and 2 TD’s; Steve Stonebreaker had two sacks.

     #20  1957 Colts over   #4  1959 Colts   37-28

MVP: LG Dupre  99 rush yards  2 TD’s and4 catches; Raymond Berry had 143 receiving yards.

    # 19  1980 Colts over # 30  1982 Colts    31-16

MVP: Bert Jones  185 yards passing and 3 TD’s;  Roger Carr had 5 catches.

   # 22  1979 Colts over # 27 1973 Colts  34-16

MVP:Joe Washington  20 carries 114 yards 2 TD’s; Lyle Blackwood with a sack and an INT.

   #10 1975 Colts over  #7 1971 Colts   24-21

MVP:  Bert Jones  22-30  234 yards  3 TD’s and 30 rush yards;  Jones 11 yd TD pass to Glenn Doughty with 55 sec left for the victory.

    #15  1969 Colts over  #2  1968 Colts  17-0

MVP:  Tom Matte  61 rush yards  100 receiving yards and 2 TD’s;  Unitas had 289 passing yards.

 

                                       Colts  Quarterfinals

    # 1  1958 Colts over  #22  1979 Colts     37-19

MVP:  Lenny Moore  100 rush yards and an incredible 5 TD’s;  Alan Ameche also gained 135 yards on the ground.

    #8  1965 Colts over  #15  1969 Colts  20-7

MVP:  Jimmy Orr 4 catches for 118 yards;  Lenny Moore had 91 rushing yards.

     #10  1975 Colts  over  #20  1957 Colts  28-17

MVP:   Lydell Mitchell  120 yards rushing and a TD;  Jackie Wallace 8 solo tackles and a sack.

     #19  1980  Colts over  #5  1964 Colts     30-24

MVP:   Curtis Dickey  17 carries for 134 yards 2 TD’s and 73 receiving yards; 6 yd pass from Bert Jones to Roger Burke with 8 seconds left sent this to OT. Where a 14 yd Dickey TD run won it.

 

                      NOW IT IS TIME FOR…………………………….

                                         Ravens Opening Round

    #8  2002 Ravens over #9  1997 Ravens     32-17

MVP:  Jamal Lewis  221 yards rushing;  Stover with 6 FG’s, sounds about right.

       #12  2007 Ravens over #5  2003 Ravens    17-6

MVP: Willis McGahee  69 rush yards 1 TD and 3 catches;  Derrick Mason had 5 receptions.

          #13  1996 Ravens over  #4 2001 Ravens   20-17

MVP:  Vinny Testaverde   18-31   224 yards 2 TD’s;  Earnest Byner had 82 rush yards in the upset.

      #6 2004 Ravens over #11  1998 Ravens  19-16

MVP: Travis Taylor  91 receiving yards and a TD;  Stover had 4 FG’s including a 49 yarder with 50 sec’s left to win the game.

   #10 2005 Ravens over  #7 1999 Ravens   9-0

MVP: Jamal Lewis 19 carries for 90 yards and 26 receiving yards; Adalius Thomas had a sack and 5 solo tackles.

   

                                      Ravens Quarterfinals

   #13 1996 Ravens over  #1 2000 Ravens  31-28

 MVP:  Eric Turner  2 INT’s;   The ’96 team topped the Super Bowl champs by coming from 15 down in the 4th. Carwell Gardner had a 9yd TD run to force OT. Then a younger Matt Stover connected on what had to be a wind-aided  58 yd FG to win it.

       #6  2004 Ravens over  #8  2002 Ravens   24-10

MVP: Kyle Boller   12-22  224 yards and 2 TD’s;  Randy Hymes had 89 yards receiving with a TD.

           # 3 2006 Ravens over  #12  2007 Ravens   27-7

MVP:  Steve McNair  15-29  239 yards 2 TD’s;  Ray Lewis had 2 sacks.

          #2 2008 Ravens  over #10 2005 Ravens   20-3

MVP: LeRon McClain  18 carries for 89 yards and a TD;  Derrick Mason snagged 6 catches.

 

                    So here are the Semifinal matchups in the all-time Baltimore football simulation tournament. I will post these results on Friday, So check back in two days to see who is in the finals.

 

                                       SEMI-FINAL Match-ups

       1958 Colts (9-3) NFL champs  vs. 1980 Colts (7-9)

   This one looks like a mismatch

                      1965 Colts (10-3-1)  vs.   1975 Colts (10-4)

A battle of two playoff teams that lost to the eventual champ. It could go either way.

 

                 2008 Ravens (11-5)  vs.   1996 Ravens (4-12)

The team that could beat everyone but the Steelers, should have no problem with the first ever Raven team.

              2006 Ravens (13-3)  vs.  2004 Ravens (9-7)

                The 2006 team should be heavy favorites.

  Don’t forget to check back in on Friday.

      

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