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"THE RAVENS LIKE to run the ball. They'll pound it and then run play-action pass. Because of that, Ray Rice is the guy you have to stop first. He'll carry the workload and have a good year. He'll also give you receptions and touchdown catches because he's good out of the backfield.
Baltimore, however, will never make Rice a 1,700- or 1,800-yard runner because of the way they platoon their backs. Rice shared the ball with Willis McGahee and now he'll share it with Ricky Williams. I think this is a very good situation for Williams to enter since he won't be needed to be the bell cow of the running attack. Both Rice and Williams will benefit from the addition of Vonta Leach, who is arguably the best blocking fullback in the league.
I don't know if Joe Flacco can be the quarterback in an all-out passing game. The Ravens don't open up the offense for him unless they get behind. They really ask him not to lose the game, so I'm guessing his numbers will remain flat.
Flacco is a deep-ball passer but not a great underneath passer, and I think that hurts Anquan Boldin, who's a lot more dangerous when he's on the inside. If he's on the outside, he's just a guy. The rookie speedball from Maryland, Torrey Smith, should allow Boldin to slide to the inside and create space for the underneath routes.
Now that Derrick Mason and Todd Heap are gone, who else will Flacco throw to on this team? I bet it will be Rice and Ed Dickson, who has been the heir apparent at tight end. He's not much of a blocker, so he'll be in the game to do only one thing: catch the ball."
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