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Both teams can make it. The Ravens have a slightly better chance, but only because I think they can beat NE in the 2nd and I don't think the Skins can beat either Atlanta or GB who are both matchup nightmares for them and very difficult to beat on the road.
Atlanta isn't really good and we should have beaten them earlier this season. In fact, I'd rather play Atlanta this week than Seattle.
If Flacco doesn't throw that awful pick-6 right before half of the Denver game, that's a 10-7 game with the Ravens getting the ball out of the break, and a completely different ballgame. I don't know that the Ravens would have won, but it would not have been the blowout that it was. Also the Ravens were probably as beat up that week and the week before at Washington as they were all season. They're much more healthy now. I have no problem saying that New England and Denver should be favored ahead of the Ravens as of right now, but would it really shock anyone to see the Ravens beat either/both of those teams?
Denver is definitely the toughest matchup on the AFC side for the Ravens. I'd say Houston is next, given that they would have won two games and presumably righted the ship if they end up facing the Ravens in the AFC Championship Game. When was the last time New England really BEAT the Ravens? Even though they have won the bulk of the matchups, I believe most (if not all) of those New England wins were 7 points or less, and several had the Ravens in position to tie/take the lead in the closing seconds (Mark Clayton dropped pass comes to mind, I think there was another similar regular season game...why do I want to say Houshmandzadeh or Kelley Washington had a major gaffe that cost the Ravens in the end?). I wish we didn't have to go to New England, but I certainly am not "afraid" of them.
I'm sorry but I simply disagree. Yes, 10-7 is certainly better than 17-0 but prior to that drive we had converted like 2 first downs in the entire half. Peyton making plays on our defense was honestly just a matter of time with the lineup we trotted out there that day. We were very clearly outclassed on both sides of the ball.
Peyton has beaten the Ravens like 9 times in a row or something, many of those games not close. The Broncos have had a very good defense all season. And for all the feel good talk about the Ravens defense in the game a few weeks ago they still gave up 27 points. Sure, nothing is 100%, and the Ravens defense should be healthier, but if this Ravens team can go into Denver in January and beat Peyton I would call that a major upset.
I think the Ravens have a signifcantly better chance of winning their first game, but the Skins have a better chance of getting to the Super Bowl.
The Seahawks are a very good team, and the Colts are the luckest / most overrated team in history. Football Outsiders says they should have 6.2 wins with their production against a league average schedule.
After that, I think the Ravens are in trouble against DEN / NE, and the Skins would have a fighting chance against ATL / SF.
Can either the Redskins or Ravens make the Superbowl? Yes
Will either the Redskins or Ravens make the Superbowl? Yes
Will both the Redskins and Ravens make the Superbowl? Yes
This post was edited by jellis7788 15 months ago
I agree with this
Neither are real likely to, but sure, both teams have a realistic shot.
Atlanta and SF are very beatable teams but Denver and NE are by far the 2 best teams in the league.
The Ravens are +1100 to win the AFC and the Redskins are +900 to win the NFC so 20% chance one of them makes it
This post was edited by MuddyLake 15 months ago
thats it right there. Redskins and Ravens are pretty close but the Ravens path is much more daunting.
Flacco would have to play out of his mind. I don't see it, realistically. But I'd love to listen to the Caldwell>Cameron story line over and over leading up to the SB.
84-85 Patriots disagree. They were a wildcard team - and a pathetic one at that. I think they got 4-5 special teams big plays in the playoffs and then became the sacrificial team to the Superbowl Shufflin Bears.
Also, I think the Broncos look like the only team head and shoulders above everyone right now. NE is slow and old. 49ers have a lame kicker and a wildcard at QB. Green Bay hasn't addressed their D or lack of run game;
So in answer to the first question - yeah. It'd be awesome if both of them made it. That was the one of the best games I saw all year.
This post was edited by TheColfax 15 months ago
85-86 Pats and I think only their game against the Raiders was impacted by big special teams play
I thought the Patriots scored on a fumbled kickoff return against Miami in the AFC Championship too. I know the Dolphins had a ton of turnovers in that game, I think one of them was a big special teams play.
Let's go! Team Delmarva stand up!
classlessthug: I have too much on my plate to worry about the fact that my junk intimidates some needle D undergrad.
last time we rooted for both cities it didnt turn out so well did it? im thinking this time we may have to sacrifice the Baltimore team. :(
Hmm, good point. SCREW YOU RAY RAY!
This thread is fun
im sorry i was confusing...your "Superbowl" was the Redskins losing since you know that the Ravens cant win it all.
didn't you say no in the second post of the thread
Just to remind you ^^^^^^
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