Monday, January 05, 2009
Can defense lead Baltimore to the Super Bowl? Again.
Unwatchable offense, but damn is that Ravens defense fun. Swarming, hard-hitting and brutal. And those all-black jerseys are so tight.
If there's any team that can rely on its defense to make a big play(s) and overcome for a below-average offense, it's the Baltimore Ravens.
We've heard this before, right? Like during the 2000 season. The Ravens rode that stellar defense to a Super Bowl title.
And this season's defense is nearly as strong. A comparison, if you will:
2000 Ravens (20 games)
Average points per game allowed: 8.25
Forced turnovers: 50
Defensive TDs: 2
2008 Ravens (17 games)
Average points per game allowed: 13.8
Forced turnovers: 39
Defensive TDs: 7
With the NFL playoffs seemingly more wide open than they've been in years, can Baltimore make it back to the Super Bowl? A Super Bowl, which, coincidentally, is in Tampa -- site of the Ravens' last win. Over the Giants.
Ravens? Giants? Super Bowl?