Even he thinks it's funny!
I’m a regular subscriber to the Rich Eisen Podcast, and I must say it’s one of my all-time favorites to listen to. It’s entertaining and insightful, and Rich always manages to get the best people to guest. I mean, come on… He even had Will Ferrell on the pod! That’s when you know you’re the real deal.
Rich, always a gracious host (except to Clay Matthews), stepped up his game once more this week by having our namesake, Ed Reed, on the pod. It’s towards the beginning of the clip, so you don’t have to listen to John Legend and Mark Wahlberg if you don’t want to… and plus, those guys are Bengals and Patriots fans, respectively. Gross! Anyway, enjoy hearing Ed Reed talk about the state of the 2010 Ravens and reiterate the story of “Law Dead” for the last time. Good stuff!
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The Baltimore Ravens, after 9 weeks of the 2010 NFL season, are the best team in the entire league. Think about it. The offense has developed far beyond anything any Ravens team has ever had, and it even continues to develop after Flacco was dismantled in week 2 by the Bengals (he has the highest QB-rating since week 3). But more importantly, the defense is healthy, gelling, and finally playing to its notorious potential. Statistics may say otherwise, but everything about this Ravens’ team indicates league superiority. The Ravens have beaten the NY Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers, while barely losing a 10-point lead to the New England Patriots in Foxborough after their bye. And I don’t mean to make excuses for the Ravens’ losses, but if the Ravens were to see any team on a neutral field (i.e.: Super Bowl), I’d have full confidence they would pull out a victory…
Now, the most important part of that last sentence is the words “neutral field.” Tonight, the Ravens square off against the Falcons in Atlanta, where the Falcons are currently 4-0 in the season. I could list a bunch of other statistics regarding the Falcons’ home dominance, but I’m sure if you’ve heard anything about tonight’s game, you’ve already heard all of them. On a neutral field, I can easily say the Ravens would win 4 out of 5 games against the Falcons, but because the game is in Atlanta, I’m hesitant to confidently pick either team to win. Now, I think where the Ravens have the edge is their defensive unit. Regardless of how good Matt Ryan is in the Georgia Dome, Ed Reed is one of those players that will be one of the, if not the, most important factor(s) to consider.
I’m a proud Ravens fan, but I’m approaching this game as neutrally as possible… it’s a good thing Ravens win when things are neutral! I see Ray Lewis, Haloti Ngata, and Ed Reed making the difference in this game. Flacco & Ryan and Rice & Turner will cancel each other out. Ravens win 27-23.
*Update* Well, wasn’t that wishful thinking? Flacco and Ryan did cancel each other out, and Rice actually won the RB battle, but where the game slipped away was actually where I thought the Ravens had an advantage: DEF. Suggs stepped his game up, but Lewis and Reed both didn’t play their best games. We can point fingers at the Ravens CBs, who are finally starting to solidify themselves as liabilities, but as an entire defense, we weren’t good enough to stop the Falcons. Valiant effort by the Ravens, but not enough to stop a stellar performance by Matt Ryan and Roddy White. Falcons won 26-21.
For this Friday’s NFL videos, I’d like to commemorate the Ravens players from NFL Network’s “The Top 100,” where the top 100 players of NFL history were revealed week by week since the beginning of September. The top-10 were revealed this last Thursday to wrap-up the series, and although no Ravens were among them, I think the judges did a good job of narrowing down a great list. If you haven’t seen these videos, here they are for you to enjoy. In case Youtube takes these videos down, I put the NFL Network links (since I can’t embed them) as well.
It’s great to see that out of the 8 active players (does Favre even count as “active”?) on the list, Ravens make up 25%, which means as Ravens fans, we are witnessing history every Sunday. Can’t wait to see what this list will look like in 10 years (Haloti Ngata & Michael Oher?), but we’ll get there when it happens. Without further ado (adieu?), here’s the list:
#88: Ed Reed, Safety – Presented by Hines Ward
I’m glad to find this blog’s namesake on the list at 88, and I am sure by the time his career is over, Ed Reed will find himself at a much lower number.
The rest after the jump… Continue reading
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Tagged Baltimore Ravens, Deion Sanders, Ed Reed, Hines Ward, Jonathan Ogden, Michael Strahan, NFL Network, Ozzie Newsome, Ray Lewis, Rod Woodson, Top 100
Just as Ed Reed made his debut for the 2010 NFL season this last Sunday, so will Ed Read make a glorious start to his blog. For those of you fortunate enough to actually read this post, I congratulate you on the opportunity at hand: soon enough, you will be able to brag to your friends that you were a loyal “Ed Read-er” since the very first post. You will never be in danger of being labeled with the dreaded “Band-Wagon” tag, much like the current entirety of San Francisco (and even parts of Los Angeles!) as the Giants go to the World Series. But in all seriousness, I want to thank you for taking your time to read this blog, and as it develops into the dramatic story lines of the NFL and the fickle rosters of invested fantasies, I will try my best to always make it worth your time.
And on that note, who else kept Darren McFadden on the bench this last week… and lost because of it? I know I did! The same goes for Kenny Britt. If there’s anything at all this strange season that we can declare certain, I think both players just cemented their statuses as “Fantasy Studs” for the remainder of the season. Bench at your own peril.
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Tagged Band-Wagon, Darren McFadden, Ed Read, Ed Reed, Fantasy Football, Kenny Britt, Los Angeles, NFL, San Francisco