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Ravens-related thoughts on Super Bowl 50

Posted on 08 February 2016 by Luke Jones

You couldn’t help but notice parallels between Peyton Manning’s improbable run to a win in Super Bowl 50 and Ray Lewis finishing his “last ride” with a championship in New Orleans three years ago.

The future Hall of Famers both missed substantial time with injuries in the regular season before returning in time for the playoffs. Each made important contributions on the playoff path to the Super Bowl as Lewis averaged just under 15 tackles per game in the first three rounds of the 2012 postseason and Manning threw for 222 yards against Pittsburgh — overcoming a number of dropped passes — and had two touchdown passes against New England in the AFC championship game.

But as much as we might have enjoyed seeing two of the greatest players in NFL history go out on top, it was apparent that each needed to retire after watching them play in the Super Bowl. While we remember Joe Flacco earning Super Bowl XLVII MVP honors, we try to forget Lewis looking slow and hopeless covering San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis or chasing after 49ers running back Frank Gore in that game.

Like the great Ravens linebacker against the 49ers, Manning had little to do with Denver winning its third Super Bowl title as the Broncos defense suffocated Carolina on Sunday night. Perhaps the 39-year-old Manning was owed one by the football gods after playing with some less-than-stellar defenses over the years in the same way that Lewis had some of his best years wasted by ineptitude on the other side of the ball.

If you’re a Ravens fan struggling to be happy for the quarterback who twice broke Baltimore’s heart in the playoffs — including the 2006 postseason defeat that was the most devastating home loss in franchise history — don’t forget his touching gesture in the playoffs three years ago. More than an hour after the Ravens had defeated the Broncos in an epic double-overtime contest in the divisional round, Manning and his family waited in the Baltimore locker room to congratulate Lewis personally.

Despite dealing with one of the most disappointing losses of his storied career, Manning still wanted to offer his respect to Lewis after the last of their many entertaining chess matches over the years.

It doesn’t matter if Manning — or Lewis — was no longer the same player when tasting championship glory for a final time. Seeing one of the all-time greats exit that way is special and rare.

Let’s just hope Manning actually retires now as most people expect.

Miller time

Four-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker Von Miller already had a résumé impressive enough to land a lucrative contract this offseason, but the Super Bowl 50 MVP took his performance to another level in the postseason.

Scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March, the 26-year-old had a combined five sacks, two forced fumbles, and an interception in the AFC championship game and Super Bowl. That’s the kind of timing that Flacco can appreciate after the Ravens quarterback threw for 11 touchdowns and no interceptions in the 2012 postseason to fetch a six-year, $120.6 million contract a few weeks later.

ESPN has already reported that Denver will use the franchise tag if a long-term deal isn’t reached, meaning Ravens fans should stop dreaming about Miller reuniting with Elvis Dumervil in Baltimore.

Kubiak turns to dark side

Former Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak did a masterful job of handling a difficult quarterback situation this season.

Leading 16-10 and facing a third-and-9 from his own 26 with less than six minutes remaining, the Broncos head coach didn’t allow Manning to even attempt a pass and ran the ball with C.J. Anderson before punting. It was both the right decision and a clear sign that Manning needs to retire.

Possessing a championship defense, the offensive-minded Kubiak turned to the “dark side” in a way reminiscent of how Brian Billick handled the 2000 Ravens by deferring to his defense and being conservative. The difference is that it was much easier to do such a thing with Trent Dilfer than with one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history.

Stewart shines

Darian Stewart was a nondescript performer in his lone year with the Ravens, but the Denver safety stood out in the Super Bowl.

He collected three tackles, a sack, two pass breakups, and a forced fumble when he put his helmet right on the ball to knock it away from Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert. It wasn’t just a one-game aberration, either, after Pro Football Focus graded Stewart 14th among NFL safeties during the 2015 season.

It really makes you wonder where that player was in Baltimore a year ago.

False start

After Panthers left tackle Michael Oher committed a false start late in the second quarter, you couldn’t help but be amused by the social-media reaction of Ravens fans who had seen that act often in Baltimore.

The 2009 first-round pick deserves much credit for working hard to get his career back on track in Carolina, but Super Bowl 50 was a forgettable performance for him and the rest of the Panthers offensive line.

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Denver’s path reminds Ravens of NFL’s slim margin for error

Posted on 07 February 2016 by Luke Jones

As Denver prepared for Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, it was difficult not to think back to the Ravens’ season-opening 19-13 loss to the Broncos last September and remember the high expectations entering 2015.

An interception returned for a touchdown by Denver cornerback Aqib Talib was the difference as the Ravens owned the lead late in the third quarter before a Joe Flacco pass intended for Steve Smith was returned 51 yards in the other direction. Perhaps the season plays out differently if John Harbaugh’s team holds on to steal a difficult road win to kick off 2015 on a high note.

Some have pointed to that narrow Week 1 defeat as reason why Baltimore isn’t far from again being a contender despite its worst season since 2007. And, yes, there was some symmetry in the Super Bowl champions having 12 of their 16 regular-season games decided by a single possession while the Ravens saw 14 of their 16 contests decided by eight or fewer points this season.

But that’s life in the NFL as only six teams — Carolina, New England, Arizona, and Cincinnati on the plus side and San Francisco and Cleveland on the negative side — owned a scoring margin of more than eight points points per game in either direction in 2015. Most games are decided in the fourth quarter and are close.

Excruciatingly close.

And that margin of victory — or defeat — is typically decided by the game-changing players on either side of the ball. For all the discussion about Peyton Manning’s decline, the Broncos still have a plethora of playmakers on both sides of the ball, ranging from outside linebackers Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware and cornerbacks Chris Harris and Talib to receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.

Those are the types of players that separate the winning teams from the losing ones in an otherwise fairly even talent pool from team to team. Denver’s plus-59 point differential during the regular season ranked just sixth in the AFC and 10th in the NFL, but Gary Kubiak’s team figured out ways to win close games while the Ravens consistently fell short in crunch time in 2015.

For years, Baltimore had a number of dynamic players, but most have either departed or have aged too much since Super Bowl XLVII three years ago. The well-documented list of injuries in 2015 merely amplified what was already a flawed roster.

Great players were on display for Denver in Santa Clara on Sunday night.

It will be up to general manager Ozzie Newsome this offseason to find at least a couple game-changers to close that narrow but all-important gap between winning and losing teams.

Otherwise, the Ravens will probably find themselves watching playoff games from their couches again next January.

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Super Bowl XXXV provided happy end to long wait for Baltimore

Posted on 28 January 2016 by Luke Jones

“They don’t know how fast we are. They don’t know.”

Those words were uttered by Ravens coach Brian Billick in the opening moments of Super Bowl XXXV 15 years ago, a game for which Baltimore had waited a very long time.

It had been 30 years since a team representing Charm City had played in the Super Bowl, a period of time that included the final gloomy seasons with the Colts before they left for Indianapolis in 1984 and the 12 years that followed without an NFL franchise. In their first four seasons, the Ravens were only known to the rest of the league as Art Modell’s renamed franchise that had broken hearts in Cleveland by moving to Baltimore in 1996.

Even as the team rose to prominence in 2000, the dark cloud of Ray Lewis standing trial for murder earlier in the year was all the rest of the country saw as the Ravens advanced to their first Super Bowl by winning the AFC championship in Oakland. The two weeks that followed consisted of media predictably rehashing the trial and then crushing Billick for lashing out at reporters for doing so. And despite the Ravens being the favorite in Las Vegas, many continued singing the praises of the New York Giants after their 41-0 demolition of the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC championship game.

But, finally, the day had come in Tampa.

The game on Jan. 28, 2001 wasn’t as much a challenge as it was validation for the Ravens and their fans. What the rest of the country saw as arrogance from the hated Lewis and his teammates was merely knowledge of the inevitable after the Ravens had beaten Tennessee in the divisional round, the game that proved to be the unofficial Super Bowl of the 2000 season.

The Ravens knew they were going to beat the Giants. Now was the time to show everyone else — whether they liked it or not — just how fast and how great they were.

The three-plus hours that followed showcased how special the Ravens defense was, holding New York without an offensive score and forcing five turnovers in a 34-7 blowout. Baltimore was back on top of the football world before Indianapolis had ever reached the pinnacle and after Paul Tagliabue had callously suggested the city build a museum when an expansion bid was unsuccessful seven years earlier.

The NFL commissioner was now forced to hand over the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

For Baltimoreans who remembered the Colts, the success of the Ravens had helped make their football history whole again. And younger fans now understood what they’d been missing all those years as their parents and grandparents shared memories of Johnny Unitas and Lenny Moore and Bert Jones on lonely Sundays in the fall.

Those hugs and embraces with loved ones in the closing moments of Super Bowl XXXV were so special as was the celebratory parade in the pouring rainy just a couple days later.

It was a long wait, but the Ravens had finally shown the rest of the football world that Baltimore was good enough after all.

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Deflate Gate and Wednesday rumblings

Posted on 21 January 2015 by Dennis Koulatsos

Lots of football news to talk about today, so I thought I’d put together a smorgasboard of things:

  • It was the Ravens coaching staff that alerted the Colts coaching staff that the balls were deflated. The Colts confirmed it when Brady threw and interception in their matchup. That’s the buzz around the league today.
  • Marc Trestman is a very good fit with the Ravens, will be a good offensive coordinator for them. Has ties to Ozzie Newsome and John Harbaugh. Concern is that he won’t run the ball as much as Kubiak. He may not, but he does like to involve his backs more in the passing game than Kubiak.
  • Expect Marty Mornhinweg to be named QB coach for the Ravens. He has significant ties to Marc Trestman. Was way over his head as coach of the Detroit Lions.
  • Scientific evidence as to how a deflated football helps a team – in wet conditions, it is softer, and therefore easier to grip, throw and catch; the mass of the ball is reduced, and it doesn’t go as far when thrown; if a team is going to run the ball, it helps the running backs “squeeze” the ball, which of course increases ball security and makes them less likely to fumble. Hmmm……….
  • ECU wide receiver Justin Hardy would look great in a Ravens uniform. He had a great first day at the Senior Bowl yesterday. Good speed, hands, separation, instincts. Tracks the ball real well in the air, catches it at it’s highest point. Cat quick in and out of his breaks. I was hoping he’d stay under the radar so the Ravens could get him in the 3rd round of the 2015 NFL draft, but he’s no longer a secret. I’m afraid he’s moving up in to the 2nd round. Hopefully the Ravens trade out of the first, and use one of their picks to get him.
  • Patriots 3 prior Super Bowl wins tainted. They beat a supremely talented Kurt Warner/Marshall Faulk/Torry Holt/Isaac Bruce led team. Without the benefit of taping their practices and knowing what plays were coming based on alignment, don’t see how they could have beaten the Rams. Love to see them lose to the Seahawks, extending their Super Bowl losing streak to 3.
  • Would love to see the Pro Bowl turn in to something else for the players and for the fans. How about a “Super Stars” competition, just like ABC sports had back in the 70’s. The players could go through a series of events to see who was the strongest, fastest, etc. It would also be good for the fans see the players without pads.
  • Ravens loss to the Patriots and Colts subsequent loss to the same team, shows how close the Ravens are to competing for another ring. With another strong draft and some key free agent additions, I expect this team to go deep in to the playoffs next year, while giving us fans a home playoff game – or two. Being stout in the trenches on both sides of the ball enhances their chances.

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Terrell Suggs zeroes in on Tom Brady

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Concerns Patriots have about the Ravens

Posted on 07 January 2015 by Dennis Koulatsos

Terrell Suggs zeroes in on Tom Brady

Although the New England Patriots have been installed as a little better than a touchdown favorite against the Baltimore Ravens, by all accounts they do have some concerns against their 11-6 familiar foe.

For starters, if the Ravens stop the run game a few times, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels may have Tom Brady put the ball up 50 plus times, and that will spell trouble for the Patriots. McDaniels has been critisized for giving up on the run too early in games, exposing Brady to big hits.

Patriots tackles Nate Solder and Sebastian Vollmer will have their hands full blocking Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs.  New England’s “pain point” has been their offensive line. But their biggest pain may come straight up the middle through the “A” gaps, from Brandon Williams and Haloti Ngata. Plus Tim Jernigan and Chris Canty have both practiced this week, giving the Ravens a potent rotation up and down it’s defensive line. They can pressure up the middle so Brady can’t step up, which he has to do if he wants to be effective. He runs a “dink and dunk” type of an offensive, and the Ravens have to make him uncomfortable, move him off of his spot, and disrupt his timing.

As far as the Ravens defensive backfield is concerned, you don’t have to have great corners and safeties to beat the Patriots because New England does not have any  wide receivers that can go more than 7-10 yards, so the Ravens can keep everything in front of them. They will play man on the outside because the Pats don’t have any wide receivers that need more than man coverage, as non of them can take the proverbial top off of the defense.  They will give up the 5 yard out and they will stop the run. The Pats will have to throw the ball down field if they want to win, and Brady has not been able to do that all season.  Naturally Bill Belichik will try to establish the run with Shane Vereen, LeGarrette Blount and Jonas Gray. With the way the front 7 of the Ravens have been playing, they will be able to commit more to the run and stop it. The Patriots will counter by lining up with a double TE with an extra OL opposite All-Pro Tight End Rob Gronkowski.  They will run out of the shotgun, and Vereen might see a lot of action because he’s elusive, a good receiver and a good blocker. Blount had a big game against the Ravens last season, but this defense is much improved, and middle linebacker CJ Mosley has been kept “clean” by the d-line, allowing him to make bone jarring tackles.

On the offensive side of the ball, Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak knows that covering Tight Ends and backs out of the backfield is where the Pats struggle, and he will exploit that.  Look for Owen Daniels to have a big day, and also rookie TE Crockett Gillmore who not only is a tenacious blocker, but also deceptively fast. Their pass rush has also been dismal, and we’ve seen what Joe Flacco can do when given time. That is why it is crucial the the Ravens establish the run early. That can force the Patriots to move their safeties closer to the box, and of course the line of scrimmage.

Torrey Smith is very fast, and can beat Darrelle Revis.  Revis is adept at at taking away sideline and comeback routes, but can be beaten of post and fly patterns.  Steve Smith Sr. is a very physical wide receiver, and he will more than likely be covered by the 6’4″ 220 pound Brandon Browner. That should make for a very interesting matchup.

The Patriots should win this game, but the Ravens can win this game.  The Patriots also believe that the Ravens present their toughest opponent and biggest obstacle on their road to the Super Bowl.  Should they get past Baltimore, the think they will beat either Denver or Indianapolis.

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Bovada gives Ravens 40/1 Super Bowl odds after Draft

Posted on 12 May 2014 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).


Odds to win the 2015 Super Bowl XLIX 

Seattle Seahawks                                  6/1

Denver Broncos                                    7/1

New England Patriots                            15/2

San Francisco 49ers                              15/2

Green Bay Packers                                12/1

Chicago Bears                                      20/1

Indianapolis Colts                                  20/1

New Orleans Saints                               20/1

Philadelphia Eagles                               22/1

Carolina Panthers                                  28/1

Kansas City Chiefs                                33/1

Pittsburgh Steelers                                33/1

Arizona Cardinals                                  40/1

Atlanta Falcons                                     40/1

Baltimore Ravens                                  40/1

Cincinnati Bengals                                 40/1

Dallas Cowboys                                    40/1

Houston Texans                                    40/1

New York Giants                                   40/1

San Diego Chargers                              40/1

Cleveland Browns                                  50/1

Detroit Lions                                         50/1

Miami Dolphins                                     50/1

Minnesota Vikings                                 50/1

St. Louis Rams                                     50/1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers                         50/1

Washington Redskins                            50/1

New York Jets                                       66/1

Buffalo Bills                                          75/1

Tennessee Titans                                   75/1

Jacksonville Jaguars                             100/1

Oakland Raiders                                    100/1


2014 Offensive Rookie of the Year – Odds to Win

Mike Evans                               3/1

Sammy Watkins                        4/1

Johnny Manziel                         15/2

Kelvin Benjamin                         12/1

Teddy Bridgewater                    12/1

Marqise Lee                              12/1

Bishop Stankey                         15/1

Odell Beckham                          16/1

Jordan Matthews                       16/1

Devante Adams                        18/1

Cody Latimer                            18/1

Jace Amaro                              20/1

Blake Bortles                            20/1

Brandin Cooks                          20/1

Eric Ebron                                20/1

Jeremy Hill                                20/1

Jarvis Landry                            33/1

Tre Mason                                 33/1

Charles Sims                             33/1


Will Jadeveon Clowney win the 2014 Defensive Rookie of the Year?

Yes                         2/1


Will Khalil Mack win the 2014 Defensive Rookie of the Year?

Yes                         4/1


Johnny Manziel – Total Games Started in the 2014 Regular Season

Over/Under                               9½


Who will start more games in the 2014 Regular Season?

Teddy Bridgewater        -150     (2/3)

Blake Bortles                +110     (11/10)


Jadeveon Clowney – Total Sacks in the 2014 Regular Season

Over/Under                               9                                     


Khalil Mack – Total Sacks in the 2014 Regular Season

Over/Under                               8                                    


Sammy Watkins – Total Receiving Yards in the 2014 Regular Season

Over/Under                               750½


Sammy Watkins – Total Receiving TD’s in the 2014 Regular Season

Over/Under                               5                               


Mike Evans – Total Receiving Yards in the 2014 Regular Season

Over/Under                               850½


Mike Evans – Total Receiving TD’s in the 2014 Regular Season

Over/Under                               5½


Will Michael Sam be on the Rams 53 man roster for Game 1 of the 2014 Regular Season?

Yes                              2/1

No                                1/3

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Thirty years after Mayflower crime, I’ve pardoned Irsay and moved on from the hate

Posted on 28 March 2014 by Nestor Aparicio

(Originally published on March 28, 2011, I think this is appropriate for where my life stands with #JennStrong & #BmorePositive mojo. nja)

Twenty-seven years ago today I awoke to see my father crying in my kitchen in Dundalk. It was one of two times that I ever saw him cry. The Baltimore Colts’ infamous ride of the Mayflowers out west on I-70 just two months after I started interning at The News American defined the end of my childhood at 15 and the beginning of my lifelong education about money and the real world of sports for the remainder of my sports fan and business life as a journalist.

It’s been a tumultuous quarter of a century plus a year for my feelings of anger, anguish, desperation, loss and bad vibes about the Colts leaving Baltimore on March 28, 1984. My Pop died in 1992 and never got to see the Ravens come back to town to avenge the loss of the horseshoe. I never got to go to one more football game with my father. And over the years, it’s really been a civic badge of honor to hate on all things Irsay and Indianapolis.

Nestor and Mini Bob

I’ve been to Indianapolis more times than I can count since 1996 – always for a football game or the annual March combine. There’s never been a time that it hasn’t taken me 15 minutes on the ground there to get ill seeing the horseshoes and “Go Colts” kind of marketing that is ubiquitous in Indy from the minute you land at the airport. It drives my wife batty — my almost irrational instant anger, ranting and self-inflicted torture when I’m in Indianapolis. I’ve always figured that I’d proudly be like the old dudes in Brooklyn, still pining away about the Dodgers 50 years later.

Here’s an example:

It’s taken me years of internal therapy and self soothing to calm myself when I see the game day experience there in Indy as those Midwestern hillbillies parade around in my father’s stolen laundry. In many ways, our “friend” Merton From Indianapolis (and no, none of us has any idea who he is or where the whole gimmick started – honest to God!) sort of exemplifies the entire experience of dealing with their fans when you travel to the “friendly heartland.”

My loathing of all things Irsay and Indianapolis is a bit legendary – there are plenty of pictures of me carrying Bob Irsay’s head on a stick through the streets of Indy — and my rants and raves throughout the 1990s are all very “on the record” and still accurate. What happened to this community at the hands of Bob Irsay and how I saw it affect my father and the psyche of the citizenry here will never been forgotten. The degrading and demoralizing “begging” to get back into the league that fell on Herb Belgrad. Paul Tagliabue’s “build a museum” expansion declaration in Chicago. All of it…I’ll remember those feelings and emotions for the rest of my life. Most Baltimoreans older than me — and I was born in 1968 – still can’t begin to imagine a world without the Colts of that generation. If you’re from Baltimore, sports is etched into your DNA.

(And if you doubt those feelings, imagine how you’d feel if the Ravens packed up and left tomorrow morning and never played another game here? For you young’ins that’s essentially what happened here in 1984…)

But after long and careful consideration – and as today’s 26th anniversary of the dastardly

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Bovada improves Ravens’ Super Bowl odds after Smith acquisition

Posted on 18 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).


“Unless a quarterback or star running back moves teams, it is pretty rare that one player in the NFL will have a big impact on Super Bowl odds, but we have seen some slight movement since free agency began. The Green Bay Packers have seen some money over the last week, getting Peppers no doubt contributed to that, and have gone from 16-1 to 10-1. Meanwhile the Denver Broncos who have bolstered up their defense a touch have also dropped from 8-1 to 7-1, but are not seeing any backing by our bettors. The Eagles would be the other team that has moved from 25-1 to 18-1 as a result of them being pretty active in the market through keeping their own free agents, trades, and free agent signings.”

Kevin Bradley, Sports Book Manager, Bovada.lv


Odds to win the 2015 Super Bowl XLIX (Teams in blue have shorter odds, teams in red have longer odds, and teams in black stayed the same)

                                                            Odds on 2/3/14             Current Odds (3/18/14)   

Seattle Seahawks                                  9/2                                6/1

Denver Broncos                                    8/1                                7/1

San Francisco 49ers                              15/2                              15/2

New England Patriots                            14/1                              9/1

Green Bay Packers                                16/1                              10/1

Philadelphia Eagles                               25/1                              18/1

Indianapolis Colts                                  28/1                              20/1

New Orleans Saints                               18/1                              22/1

Carolina Panthers                                  25/1                              25/1

Chicago Bears                                      25/1                              28/1

Arizona Cardinals                                  33/1                              33/1

Atlanta Falcons                                     25/1                              33/1

Baltimore Ravens                                  40/1                              33/1

Cincinnati Bengals                                 25/1                              33/1

Houston Texans                                    40/1                              33/1

Kansas City Chiefs                                28/1                              33/1

Pittsburgh Steelers                                33/1                              33/1

San Diego Chargers                              33/1                              33/1

Dallas Cowboys                                    33/1                              40/1

Detroit Lions                                         33/1                              40/1

New York Giants                                   33/1                              40/1

St. Louis Rams                                     40/1                              40/1

Cleveland Browns                                  66/1                              50/1

Miami Dolphins                                     50/1                              50/1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers                         50/1                              50/1

Washington Redskins                            40/1                              50/1

Minnesota Vikings                                 75/1                              66/1

New York Jets                                       50/1                              66/1

Buffalo Bills                                          75/1                              75/1

Tennessee Titans                                   50/1                              75/1

Oakland Raiders                                    75/1                              100/1

Jacksonville Jaguars                             100/1                            150/1

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B&B Big Story Banter

Posted on 07 February 2014 by WNST Staff

By: Brett Dickinson and Barry Kamen

Make sure you get our thoughts and reactions to the biggest headline of the week, every Friday, with B&B Big Story Banter Listen to us discuss this topic each Saturday morning on the Brett & Barry Show from 9am-12pm…

BK: So Brett, if memory serves correctly, you had the Broncos winning the Super Bowl this past Sunday. What a TURRIBLE pick! What impressed you the most about the Seahawks putting up 43 points, and dismantling the Broncos?

Russell Wilson Super BowlBD: (Side Note: As I lost our Super Bowl bet, I will answer all Rapid Fire questions on Saturday 02/08 impersonating Charles Barkley).

I tell you what Burry, anyone who picked the Broncos is just knucklehead. Seriously though, I was impressed with the defensive game plan more than anything.  They had a strong understanding on Manning’s tendencies.  They had a great focus to shut down crossing routes, with pick patterns and the quick screens.

Seattle basically dared the Broncos to push the ball down the field and Manning was hesitant to do so all game.  They rarely lined up in two deep formations, stacking the box and the middle of the field.  Add in the large and fast athletes the Seahawks defense had on the outside and you get an ass-kicking like no one has seen, since the early 90’s, in the Super Bowl.

With all that, nobody really knew to anoint as Super Bowl MVP. What player really stood out for you Barry and deserved the honors?

BK: In a game that was so one-sided, it was truly team effort on the Seahawks part. On offense, it was Russell Wilson’s ability to convert 3rd downs, and WRs Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse exposing the Broncos’ inability to tackle, all while playing turnover-free football. The mantra “defense wins championships”, was never more true than on Sunday, when the entire unit rocked Peyton Manning and never allowed them to get in the game.

Percy Harvin Super BowlMalcolm Smith was a worthy selection for Super Bowl MVP, but my vote would have gone to Percy Harvin (Harvin Super Bowl Highlights). Last year, when the Ravens made their run to the Super Bowl, one could make a case that Jacoby Jones should have been named Super Bowl MVP after their victory over the San Francisco 49ers. I make a similar argument for Percy Harvin; he showed his big-play ability on Seattle’s first drive on a run that almost put the Seahawks up 9-0 less than 3 minutes into the game, and he added another nail to the Bronco coffin with his 87-yard kickoff return touchdown to open the second half. Harvin was supposed to be the focal point of the Seahawks’ offense this season, and injuries forced him to miss almost the entire season, including the playoffs.

The fact that Harvin was healthy and firing on all cylinders made his performance the most eye-opening and impressive for me. It is frightening to think what might have been, had Harvin been healthy for a full 16 games.

Forget the odds from Las Vegas: the Seahawks are the CLEAR favorite to win Super Bowl 49, right?

BD: As of right now you would have to think so. They are one of the youngest teams in the NFL and do not have to give their QB a big money contract yet, hindering them from re-signing players this offseason.

Super BowlBut they will have to make some tough decisions on a lot of players still, preparing for their cap two years down the road. Which contracts are deemed expendable? Could they depart with Golden Tate, now that they hope to have Harvin back next year.  Could they let some of their DB’s go, knowing that guys like Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas will take a nice piece of the pie.  Do they give Malcolm Smith (my pick for Super Bowl MVP as well) a hefty pay raise for his postseason performance?

History is not on the Seahawks side either; the last Super Bowl champion to win a playoff game in the following season was the New England Patriots in 2004 (when they repeated).  Its tough to keep up the level of intensity after reaching the mountain top. And even tougher to keep the team together after everyone looking for a check  after putting the title Super Bowl champion next to their name.

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Bovada gives Ravens 40/1 odds to win Super Bowl XLIV

Posted on 03 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).

“Despite starting in the hole with another Super Bowl safety the book bounced back nicely in what was as predicted our highest bet Super Bowl ever. We saw a steady pace on Denver money for 2 weeks leading up to the game with some late Seahawks money but we were still big Hawks fans and actually needed the over which is pretty rare for a game of this magnitude where we normally see a lot of public over money. Our Prop bets accounted for over two thirds of all our action which is also the highest we have ever seen with props such as “Omaha” going way under the total of 27.5 working out great for us, but the Anthem going well under the 2:25 was not such a great result.”

Kevin Bradley, Sports Book Manager, Bovada.lv


Odds to win the 2015 Super Bowl XLIX    

Seattle Seahawks                      9/2

San Francisco 49ers                  15/2

Denver Broncos                        8/1

New England Patriots                14/1

Green Bay Packers                    16/1

New Orleans Saints                   18/1

Atlanta Falcons                         25/1

Carolina Panthers                      25/1

Chicago Bears                          25/1

Cincinnati Bengals                     25/1

Philadelphia Eagles                   25/1

Indianapolis Colts                      28/1

Kansas City Chiefs                    28/1

Arizona Cardinals                      33/1

Dallas Cowboys                        33/1

Detroit Lions                             33/1

New York Giants                       33/1

Pittsburgh Steelers                    33/1

San Diego Chargers                  33/1

Baltimore Ravens                      40/1

Houston Texans                        40/1

St. Louis Rams                         40/1

Washington Redskins                40/1

Miami Dolphins                         50/1

New York Jets                           50/1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers             50/1

Tennessee Titans                       50/1

Cleveland Browns                      66/1

Buffalo Bills                              75/1

Minnesota Vikings                     75/1

Oakland Raiders                        75/1

Jacksonville Jaguars                 100/1


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