With two weeks to prepare and get healthy, Baltimore is prepared to shut down read-option and other SF run creativity, and cook up some coverages Kapernick hasn't seen before.
One thing to prepare, another to have the personnel. Kaep probably would have walked in a couple TDs when Brady ran into the ref and was afraid to take off on that 4th down, just as an example. Ravens still don't have a lot of speed on D. I think they're gonna get exposed. This is still a team that lost 6 times this season, a few times decisively.
I don't get the love for Flacco. Dude is the same player he's always been, his team just took advantage on some defensive meltdowns in the secondary on a few of his deep balls. I think the Niners will avoid those meltdowns.
Would an elite QB have a 22 TD pass season in the midst of his prime? I mean come on, this is classic case of people overreacting to small/fluky 3 game sample
Harbaugh made some smart changes on the O-line and - wala - he's an elite QB. I don't get the love either. To me Unibrow looks like he's flouncing around on valium out there.
Looks like Baltimore is the hot pick on this board. I am going to follow suit. I like Baltimore to beat San Francisco 24-23. Joe Flacco will be the MVP. I think the Ravens receivers will win the battle against the 49er corners and I expect big games from Anquan Boldin and Jacoby Jones. Being indoors and on a fast surface will favor the offenses. I don't see a low scoring game.
I have no rooting interest in this game. But as a former derelict gambler who's lost at least a hundred grand on sports betting in the last ten years (and nearly lost a marriage in the process), and who has since learned the most valuable of lessons and wouldn't bet ten cents on any sporting event, I would take my chances on on the Ravens with the points in this game if I were inclined to wager money on the outcome. I don't know, nor does anyone, who will win, but I would take the points in this game and cheer for the Ravens. If the Niners were getting the points I would pick them.
I think both team will score in the twenties, or even the thirties, I don't see it being anything but a close game.
Gun to my head I would pick the Niners outright, but with the points I would pick the Ravens. The one scenario that I would wager on is the "over". I don't know what the under/over is, but I don't see this being anything less than a 50 point total outcome.
Fast track, bombs away, this game is going to be won with offense.
IMHO, that's how I see it. Don't care who wins either way.