5 Reasons The Ravens Will Win (Tinsley)
1. The Niners defense – who somewhat resemble those dominant Ravens’ defenses of yesteryear – will be the toughest Joe Flacco has faced in the postseason. Chances are he’s due for an interception (zero thus far), but he understands the magnitude of the moment – a Super Bowl victory/immortality, a fat paycheck and a chance to go down as hands down the franchise’s best quarterback ever (which isn’t exactly saying a lot, but still).
2. Something tells me this is the game where Ray Rice explodes. His combination of rushing and receiving will have to be on full display to keep defensive freaks like Aldon Smith and Patrick Willis somewhat honest. I’m saying 130+ all purpose yards.
3. With two weeks of prepartion, this bend-but-don’t-break Ravens defense will be the most equipped to try to contain Colin Kaepernick and this San Francisco read-option offense. It may not sound like an advantage, but if it’s one thing the Ravens do on defense, it’s communicate; something Ray Lewis says was lacking in many opponents who lined up against San Fran this year.
4. According to TDdaily.com, a poll revealed 82% of women think John Harbaugh is the sexier brother. The importance in all this? Well, have you ever done a co-ed March Madness pool with some women who wouldn’t know college basketball if you introduced them to Jay Bilas? Chances are those women do the best in those pools because they pick based off the most irrelevant factors like team colors, mascots, beaches, etc. Same goes for this poll and the Super Bowl.
5. All the publicity is centered around first ballot Hall of Fame lock Ray Lewis and his impending retirement, which is fine. But the game will not be decided by just him. It could be a tackle. It could be a forced fumble. It could be an interception. But somehow, someway, Ed Reed will be the definitive play this Sunday in New Orleans.
Final Score: 27-24, Ravens
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