Oct 13, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) shakes hands with Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) after the game at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
Crappy preseason? Loads of injuries? Questions at multiple positions? Peter King of SI’s Monday Morning Quarterback fame doesn’t care, and he isn’t budging on his bullish outlook for the Baltimore Ravens in 2015. In fact, he’s predicting a Ravens and Packers Super Bowl matchup.
Both teams were on the cusp of the big dance last year, with the Ravens losing a close one to the Patriots in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs and the Packers coming oh-so-close to taking out the Seahawks in the NFC Championship game.
It’s a bold pick, especially after the Packers lost their stellar #1 wide receiver, Jordy Nelson, for the season to a torn ACL. But King is counting on a deeply talented receiving corps to make up for the loss. He is also pretty confident that the defense can repeat it’s efforts from last year, when the Pack picked off Russell Wilson 4 times.
On the Ravens side of things, King thinks that their biggest obstacles are the Bengals and the need to secure home field advantage in the playoffs. It’s true that winning the North would have done little for the Ravens last year, but securing home field advantage throughout the playoffs would give them a big edge considering the team’s stellar home record.
It’s an interesting choice, but not a far fetched one. With the Patriots losing what seems like the entire back end of their defense from last season and the Seahawks due for a regression (especially if Kam Chancellor sits), it might be time for two new teams to compete for the trophy.
Here’s the rest of the hottest Ravens news and notes from around the web.
Ravens place Brent Urban on I.R designated for return, resign Terrence Magee – Ryan Mink, BaltimoreRavens.com
Patriots named ineligible receiver formations after Patriots – Doug Kyed, NESN
Ravens add two more to practice squad – Jamison Hensley, ESPN
Would the Ravens be interested in Montee Ball? – Zac Oates, Baltimore Beatdown
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