Does the Ravens' impressive opening w...

Does the Ravens' impressive opening win change your perception ...

There are 77 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Sep 9, 2008, titled Does the Ravens' impressive opening win change your perception .... In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

However, the Ravens' decisive 17-10 win over the Cincinnati Bengals included important elements that indicate Baltimore is a much better team than anyone suspected through the preseason.

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New Day

United States

#63 Sep 9, 2008
Of the many positives from the game, i am most impressed with the run game.

This includes the OL (blocking from WR and Flacco!?!) and the emergence of McClain/Neal/Rice.

Add McGahee, and that's a 4 headed monster that will take alot of pressure off of Flacco.

Additionally, add to that the mind of Cam and you've got something.

all 4 backs could be mixed and matched and the D will be confused.

like some, i never lost faith in our receivers. when healthy, it's not a bad bunch.

i know...chill, relax, it's only one game.
bill

Plano, TX

#64 Sep 9, 2008
Bernie wrote:
Since when did a 7 point win become 'impressive".The Ravens had this "impressive win over a team with virtually no defense at all, that's "impressive'. At least they will win one game this year. Don't buy your Super Bowl tickets yet. On sunday everyone will see the real Ravens, they haven't proven anything until they beat a good team.
Did you watch the game? This is one of those games were the cliche, "This game was not as close as the final scores" holds true. The Bengals got 7 points off of a Ray Rice fumble, but other than that 1 play, we completely dominated every phase of the game.
Spud

Columbia, MD

#65 Sep 9, 2008
The Ravens D played well against, what has been, a very good Cincy O. The Ravens O can't be judged as Cincy has always lacked a credible D.

Number 86-have you shaken the rust off yet?
Greg

Gwynn Oak, MD

#66 Sep 9, 2008
Can the first game of the year be a good indicator of what is to come? History says it is. In the 11 seasons since their inaugural season (1997-2007), the Ravens have only won their opening game 3 times (2000,2001,2006). All three years they made the playoffs. In the eight years that they lost their first game, they only made the playoffs once (2003). No doubt, they still have an uphill climb. But winning the first one sure beats the alternative.

Go Ravens,
Blue52

Lake Mary, FL

#67 Sep 9, 2008
Joe is a serious student of the game, mentally & physically. Has the capacity, given an overall team effort, to be one of the best as have a number UD QBs. Joe & the Ravens are a great fit!
Tom

Pikesville, MD

#68 Sep 9, 2008
Resident wrote:
No they still suck. They've been here how long and only 1 super bowl??? Sad
And where might you be from and what's the winning percentage of "your" team?
Elwood

Chesterfield, MO

#69 Sep 9, 2008
Same as the Redskins (my other team), if the Ravens get to 8-8, especially with a rookie at the helm, and a new coach, it would be fabulous.
Rebuilding

Dundalk, MD

#71 Sep 9, 2008
One other point. As I think that everyone could see on Sunday if the Ravens can get back the Todd Heap of old and get Clayton to achieve his full potential than this receiving core wouldn't look so weak anymore. But as far as the Ravens go they have had all the breaks happen for them. The Colts looked horrible against the Bears and Brady got hurt (I wouldn't wish that on anyone) but he is one heck of a QB and with him out the Patriots look very vulnerable.
Cornelius Madry

Hampstead, MD

#72 Sep 9, 2008
If the Raven's offense progresses every week, maybe down the road they might beat some of the better teams. I haven't felt like this for years. Go Ravens!!!!
Merv

Alexandria, VA

#73 Sep 9, 2008
The opening week win was great and I was estatic that Flacco orchestrated it for the entire game. But I don't want to lose sight of what's really important this year- allowing the rookie to develop and play every game.(health permitting of course) He's going to make his share of mistakes and perhaps be directly responsible for a few losses. It's a relatively tough schedule on paper and I'll be anxious to see how he responds to a road stadium with fans screaming in his ear. That's also why I think it's absolutely crucial for the Ravens to continue to pound the ball on the ground and keep the emphasis off Flacco. Then he can do some play action and zero in on medium range passes to keep the sticks moving. Hopefully, his receivers will start to catch the ball with consistency and we'll have balanced, effecient offense capable of scoring 21-24 points a game. That should be enough to win 6 or 7 games and be competitive. Now, if you want to reach for the stars, maybe Flacco will develop much faster than anyone's expecting and suddenly, we gel into a very good team. That certainly would be amazing to see, however unrealistic at this point.
Chuck

Alexandria, VA

#74 Sep 9, 2008
Sunday means it is truly possible to be 3 and 0...lets me start my trash talking about the home game with the washington team and means that things are moving in the right direct gotta love that defense..oh yeah had the same feeling after may about the O's
Chuck

Alexandria, VA

#75 Sep 9, 2008
6 or 7 wins I see 12 and 4 and cant see how they lose 4
matt

Riverdale, MD

#76 Sep 9, 2008
ok all these people above me are classified as idiots,WE SHOULD HAVE BEAT THEM BY LIKE 30 POINTS, figures punt return, bs call, heap droped td, clayton across the middle should ben 6, and that td the bungles scored was sooo cheap a fumble by rice, gime a break, we ddint win by 7 points it shoulda ben 35-3, forget a 8-8 season , this is the first stop on the way to tampa
New Day

United States

#78 Sep 9, 2008
12-4?

"on the way to tampa"?

and i thought i was hyped. hey, you never know and keep up the optimism when the kid throws a pick or two.

today, i'm estatic about Flacco, OL, run game. and of course our D and stover.

i'd be happy (realistic) with 9-7. and a shot at the playoffs.

LET'S GO FLACCO!
LET'S GO RAVENS!

BTW, how psyched do you think ray and the boys on D are? good play on O will bring out the best from our D.

if we as fans have been frustrated, imagine how the D really feels/felt with the past O.

stay healthy guys and it should be an interesting ride!
Steve S

Parkville, MD

#79 Sep 9, 2008
The Ravens were solidly effective in all aspects of the game. Yes, VERY impressive. For those who downplay it because the Bengals are bad, this is still the NFL. Other good teams will struggle against the Bengals. The Bengals have several 'stars'and were a slight favorite in the game. These 2008 Ravens already have the region jacked up for them. LET'S GO FLACCO!
Rob

Las Vegas, NV

#80 Sep 9, 2008
I told you the Ravens would finish 3rd in he division this year .....the bengals are totlly dysfunctinal right now ..like the raiders....Johnson does'nt want to play there and has a season long injury, Hoshmandzadah was'nt able to participate in the preseason, Palmer recently had his nose broken, they released their legitimate runningback and the coach and the owner are not on the same page....the result of all of those things can only undermine a team....the Ravens biggest weakness will be the corner position....In the NFL speed is king... if you cant understand that look at what Eddie Royal did the Oakland raiders monday night.....the raiders were supposed to have the best defensive secondary in the NFL... and Royal ran circles around Hall, Asoughma and wilson...primarily because the raiders had no pass rush...The Ravens have one of if not the best Pressure defenses as well as the best perinnial run defense....this will help their deficiencies at corner..but when they play competitive teams with multple receiving threats they will not have the luxury of bracketing the outside receivers....Mcalister and Rolle are wiley veterans.. they know all the tricks and they have the advantage mentally... but there is no substitute for speed.....Washington has speed but little else....Martin looks improved but far from competent....when the play a team that can adequately pass protect the weakness will be exploited....the good thing is the Ravens probably have the best coordinators in all of the NFL....and Flacco has displayed a demeanor and a maturity beyond his years and his experience....if Smith can regain his health and his competitive edge they will have 3 good options at quarterback with the veteran Bouman.....the suprise at this point is the offensive line... the addition of Anderson gives it much needed depth.... this week will be a good indicator of their development against a good pass rushing team.
Bruce

United States

#81 Sep 10, 2008
Rob wrote:
I told you the Ravens would finish 3rd in he division this year .....the bengals are totlly dysfunctinal right now ..like the raiders....Johnson does'nt want to play there and has a season long injury, Hoshmandzadah was'nt able to participate in the preseason, Palmer recently had his nose broken, they released their legitimate runningback and the coach and the owner are not on the same page....the result of all of those things can only undermine a team....the Ravens biggest weakness will be the corner position....In the NFL speed is king... if you cant understand that look at what Eddie Royal did the Oakland raiders monday night.....the raiders were supposed to have the best defensive secondary in the NFL... and Royal ran circles around Hall, Asoughma and wilson...primarily because the raiders had no pass rush...The Ravens have one of if not the best Pressure defenses as well as the best perinnial run defense....this will help their deficiencies at corner..but when they play competitive teams with multple receiving threats they will not have the luxury of bracketing the outside receivers....Mcalister and Rolle are wiley veterans.. they know all the tricks and they have the advantage mentally... but there is no substitute for speed.....Washington has speed but little else....Martin looks improved but far from competent....when the play a team that can adequately pass protect the weakness will be exploited....the good thing is the Ravens probably have the best coordinators in all of the NFL....and Flacco has displayed a demeanor and a maturity beyond his years and his experience....if Smith can regain his health and his competitive edge they will have 3 good options at quarterback with the veteran Bouman.....the suprise at this point is the offensive line... the addition of Anderson gives it much needed depth.... this week will be a good indicator of their development against a good pass rushing team.
The Ravens finish 3rd behind the Browns????? LMFAO. No how, no way. They were a flash in the pan team last year. They'll be lucky to even get past the Bengals this year. We'll be battling it out with the Squeelers for first place. whoever comes in second I'm sure will clinch a playoff berth.

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