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American Football

American football is a game played between two teams; each team has eleven players in total. Each player’s aim is to score points. Putting the ball into the opposing team’s net or end zone scores these points. It truly is a great sport to make some online bets with, like the odds on offer at Bwin.com.

The players must use the help of their teammates if they wish to advance in the game. Players therefore usually run a little with the ball and then pass it onto another player.

Points are awarded to the team that carries the ball over the opponent’s goal line. This can be done by catching a pass that is thrown from another player, kicking the ball through the opposite team’s goal posts or alternatively by tackling an opposing ball carrier in his own goal zone.

In the United States of America, the main people that take part in the game of American football include the likes of high school football teams, college football players and professional football players.

These games are however played with slightly different rules and this is mainly because the National Federation of State High School Association governs them. Other governing football bodies include the National Collegiate Athlete Association and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

American football is very closely related to Canadian football. It does however feature a few different rules and the field is also a little different in style.

The history of American football can be traced as far back as the 19th century. It takes its origins from varieties of football played in the United Kingdom.

Both original versions of the games involved the players kicking the ball over a line or alternatively into a goal net.

The origins of professional football can be traced back to the early date of 1892 and the professional league was formed in 1903. The first professional championship game took place in 1920.

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Ravens 2013 Draft

The Baltimore Ravens are coming off a Super Bowl Win. Even though they did win the Super bowl they defiantly aren’t having the best off season. With having Ray Lewis retire leaves a huge hole for them. This man was their leader, motivator, and their madman on the field. Its going to be hard for them to replace a man that was apart of most of their defensive stop’s. Anyways they Ravens didn’t do so bad in the draft. They started off by getting Matt Elam in the first round which is smart, they needed a good safety. Their was some talk about how we should have got a inside linebacker in the first round but their were enough linebackers in the second round. In the second the Ravens really wanted Arthur Brown and inside linebacker for Kansas state. Elam and Brown are most likely going to start for the ravens, while the rest of their picks are slowly going to be put into place. In this draft they sort have over looked their wide receiver role. with Anquan Boldin out of the picture, they should have focused on a receiver early on. Don’t get me wrong drafting Aaron Mellette out of Elon is a good pick. He is athletic and is a reasonable player to fill in Boldin’s spot. But does he have the skill to make the plays the ravens are gonna ask from him, i don’t think so.

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Our Ravens Blog has a new home

Our Baltimore Ravens blog has a new home fresh off of their Super Bowl victory. We are excited to officially merge with Team-Superstore.com today. Click here for our new Ravens Blog Home Page.

Never has a Super Bowl champion felt so much heat in the off-season. The Ravens vastly overspent on Joe Flacco, but it is fair to say that they had to. The Flacco signing helped result in the loss of Ed Reed, Paul Krugger, Bernard Pollard, Anquan Boldin and Dannell Ellerbe. Add in the retirement of Ray Lewis and Matt Birk and the Ravens suddenly look very beatable. A fax machine error helped the Ravens land Elvis Dumervill to help their pass rush and a core of Ray Rice, Terrell Suggs and Haloti Ngata are nothing to sneeze at. The Ravens will be hard-pressed to repeat as champions, but another playoff appearance is still likely.

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Close Call

It did not look good for the Ravens, almost letting the Cowboys tie up the game. If not for a Dez Bryant easy drop, the Cowboys would have tied up the game and forced overtime. Not good for a supposed elite defense.

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12-4

The Ravens were 12-4 last year and will go 12-4 this year. Ray Rice was signed just in time.

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2011 Baltimore Ravens Preview

The Baltimore Ravens finished 2010 with a 12-4 record, but bowed out to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs for the second time in three years. With an aging Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, this may be one of the last couple of years for the Ravens to win a Super Bowl with their vaunted defense. As good as the defense was, it really struggled defending the pass last season versus the run. Baltimore fans must put their faith in Joe Flacco taking the next step in his progression to give the offense more punch to take the pressure off of the D.

Joe Flacco was solid last season tossing 25 touchdowns and totaling over 3,600 passing yards, but struggled down the stretch. In the final 6 games, including the 2 playoff games, Flacco topped 250 yards only once. This feat occurred during the Ravens’ blowout win over Kansas City in the first round. The wearing down of veteran receiver Derrick Mason and lack of other options could be the biggest reason for the dip in production. This season Flacco hopes to improve upon those numbers with a speedier supporting cast. Gone are Mason and slow but steady tight end Todd Heap. In steps speed-demon Lee Evans who was acquired in a trade with Buffalo and Ed Dickson, more of a receiving than blocking tight end. Baltimore also took a burner in the draft with the selection of Torrey Smith out of Maryland. These new targets getting downfield quickly could open up more things for Anquan Boldin. Boldin, one of the NFL’s better possession receivers, now has one season under his belt working with Flacco and should turn in better numbers. The biggest acquisitions could be in the running game. Vonta Leach, the fullback in charge of creating the holes for leading rusher Arian Foster, was brought in to pave the way for Ray Rice. Rice could be in store for his best season yet as long as the offensive line holds up. Backing up Rice will be Ricky Williams, who fills in for the departed Willis McGahee.  Speaking of the O-line, veteran Bryant McKinnie was signed over from Minnesota and takes over at left tackle. The move puts Michael Oher back at right tackle, his more natural position. The team has added depth at the center position with former Cowboy Andre Gurode in case starting center Matt Birk, who is dealing with a knee injury, is unable to go at the start of the season.

The Ravens defense has been the strong point of the team for the past decade, but with its key pieces getting up there in age, their time will be coming to a close soon. Veteran leaders Ray Lewis and Ed Reed will spearhead the defensive unit looking to make one more run at a championship. Last season the problem for Baltimore was their pass defense which finished ranked 21st. Their corners were weaker than they have ever been. To compensate for the weakness, the Ravens blitzed a lot less than in recent years with poor results. The team totaled only 27 sacks on the year. The return of last year’s 2nd round pick Sergio Kindle could help boost that number significantly. Kindle, an outside linebacker, missed all of 2010 with a fractured skull and his health issues will be a major concern all year. He will likely face a lot of single-man blocking with terror Terrell Suggs occupying the opposite side. Suggs was responsible for 11 of the teams 27 sacks and will gladly welcome some help. The other linebackers receiving playing time are Jarret Johnson, Paul Kruger, and Jameel McClain, none being exceptional in any area. The battle in the trenches will be fought by franchise player Haloti Ngata and Cory Redding at defensive end. Now manning the nose guard position will be second year Alabama player Terrence Cody who is taking over for the departed Kelly Gregg. Cody, a mammoth 6’4 and 350 pounds, will always have his conditioning questioned, but if he can occupy blockers enough on running downs to give Ray Lewis freedom to roam, he will be fine. To address their secondary issues the Ravens drafted corner Jimmy Smith out of Colorado. Smith, who has never had his talent questioned, suffered from off the field issues and lack of focus in college. Management hopes Ray Lewis and Ed Reed can steer him in the right direction. Cary Williams and Dominique Foxworth will get the rest of the playing time across from Smith. Tom Zbikowski is a decent option with limited range, but his deficiencies are made up for by Ed Reed’s exceptional athleticism and instincts. Keeping Reed healthy for enough time will be a tall task for the Ravens’ medical staff.

Improved progress and production by the Baltimore offense could go a long way. The AFC is relatively weak and a similar performance should get them back to the playoffs barring major injuries. The real question is what will happen in the playoffs. Will they be able to beat the elite teams in the conference? A better offense will put the defense in attack mode, a scary thought for opposing offenses. If Flacco and company are able to step up, this team could be the class of the AFC.

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Ravens Looking to Fly High

The Ravens, like the Jets, are favorites to reach the Super Bowl this year. However, in the case of the Ravens, they actually have something that is a bona-fide threat. Anquan Boldin joins an already solid tandem of wide outs featuring Derrick Mason and Mark Clayton. And oh yeah, Todd Heap is still hanging around to catch some balls when these three guys get double teamed. Joe Flacco has more weapons on offense this year than perhaps any team in the league. Ray Rice is an emerging back that is sure to get more carries this year with nagging injuries to Willis McGahee.

The Ravens were one of the best teams on defense last year, and it looks like that trend will continue this year. The always intimidating Ray Lewis will be a force until the day he retires. Couple him with Terrell Suggs and you’ve got a pretty fierce linebacker core. Ed Reed, another mainstay on the team, can still crank out some nasty hits and plays the corner position as good as anyone out there.

Flacco has been great for this team. Everything rides on his shoulders. Having a top notch target such as Boldin will do wonders for Flacco, who had 21 touchdowns last year. That number should grow this year.

The Ravens have an excellent chance to win it all. In fact, I believe they will be there at the end of this year representing the AFC. They will also win the AFC North with a 13-3 record.

By Josh Delp of the Sports Fan Blog Network

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Ravens New and Improved Offense Will Help Them Win the AFC North

The AFC North is going to be a tough division this season. The Bengals and Ravens are both expected to have great teams. The Steelers are kind of up in the air and the Browns have improved a little as well. Who will finish at the top of the division? Read on to find out.

1. Baltimore Ravens: After going 9-7 last season and making it to the divisional round of the playoffs, the Ravens should improve this season and win their division. The biggest reason why the Ravens will win the division this season is because of one man and his name is Anquan Boldin. The Ravens finally have a big name wide receiver, which they have been lacking for the last few seasons. Joe Flacco is now in his third year in the NFL, after improving last season over his rookie season, Flacco now has the weapons to be a premier quarterback in the NFL. Along with Boldin is the never aging Derek Mason, after almost retiring last season, mason is sticking around again sensing that this year the Ravens have a chance to make it to the Super Bowl. At the running back position is Ray Rice who proved last season that he is not a force to be reckoned with. Rice rushed for 1,339 yards and averaged 5.2 yard per carry last season while sharing the carries with Willis McGahee. This season Rice should get the ball more often to make things harder on opponents. If opponents guess wrong on a play and go to a pass coverage instead of going after Rice, he will burn them and vice-versa. For once the Ravens have a volatile offense to go along with their volatile defense.
When you think of the Ravens the first name that comes to mind is Ray Lewis. Lewis is now 35-years-old, but he’s showing no signs of slowing down. Lewis is still one of the most feared players in the league. The other mainstay on the Ravens defense is free safety Ed Reed, who is still the best at his position in the league. Then there is outside linebacker Terell Suggs who has also been on the Ravens his whole career. These three players are the face of the franchise’s defense. Other than the core three on defense, the rest of them look a little shaky. This may be the first season since the Ravens have been in Baltimore that their offense may be better than their defense and because of that I think the Ravens will flourish finishing 11-5 atop their division this season.

Click here to read the full article – By Eric Heyer of Sports Fan Blog Network



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What they're saying about the Ravens

Here’s a look at what other media are saying about the Ravens draft decisions. The Ravens traded the 25th pick of the first round Thursday to the Denver Broncos, who selected Florida quarterback Tim Tebow. In return for the 25th pick, the Ravens received picks from Denver in the second, third and fourth rounds of the draft.

I think I expected Baltimore to take Williams once he dropped to the Ravens’ pick at 25. The Ravens loved him. I thought it was incredible value if they’d have gotten him at 25. But at the end of the day, it’s hard to pay big money to both Haloti Ngata and — potentially — Williams if he pans out. Here’s where the story gets interesting. Baltimore paid a low three to acquire Anquan Boldin. To trade down 18 spots to a lesser-money pick (25 to 43), the Ravens acquired a high three. They viewed it as a no-brainer, and it’ll be a good choice unless all their players of choice for late in the first round are gone at 43.

Click here to read the full article – By Baltimore Sun staff of The Baltimore Sun



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