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Tight end Ed Dickson was struck authentic joe flacco jersey by how Flacco didn’t take either the players’ side or the coaches’ side.

“He just said, ‘We’ve got to do better, guys,’” Dickson explained. Several Ravens, including Harbaugh, have said that meeting was a major turning point in becoming champions.

It happened at time when Lewis was out of building, rehabbing his torn triceps. Flacco helped in uniting the team.

“It was just a crazy meeting. … It was just one of those things that happen in the moment,” Flacco told Vensel. “The last thing we needed was a divided locker room and people getting [angry] at this person for this. We needed to stick together as a team and lose as a team and win as a team. Losing one game wasn’t going to define who we were, and that was the biggest thing I was trying to get across.”

Ravens ‘Upgraded’ At Middle Linebacker

Here’s some strong language from ESPN’s Jamison Hensley in regards to replacing Lewis’ on-field impact (not his leadership).

“The Baltimore Ravens didn’t just replace linebacker Ray Lewis. Judging by the preseason, they’ve upgraded the middle linebacker position,” the AFC North blogger wrote. “The Ravens begin life without Lewis in Thursday’s season opener in Denver, and the transition has been smoother than expected because of the play of Daryl Smith.”

Hensley wrote it was a “real stroke of luck” for authentic joe flacco jersey purple the Ravens to land Smith after first signing Rolando McClain, who decided to retire just 33 days after signing with the team.

And the front office was even able to sign the Jaguars’ all-time leading tackler after June 1 so he wouldn’t count against getting a compensatory pick in the 2014 draft.

“A quiet middle linebacker is definitely a departure from Lewis, and there are going to be questions about how the Ravens replace Lewis’ leadership on the field. And no one believes Smith will ever be held in the same regard as Lewis,” Hensley wrote. “But the Ravens are replacing a player at the end of his 17-year career, not one who was in the prime of a Hall of Fame-caliber career. In terms of statistics, Smith measures up to Lewis quite well.”

Matt Elam Defensive Rookie of the Year?

Speaking of replacing Hall of Famers …

MMQB Robert Klemko thinks the Ravens have a pretty good shot at filling the void left by safety Ed Reed with first-round draft pick Matt Elam.

“No disrespect to Ed Reed, one of the all-time greats, but Elam will remind Ravens fans of what they’ve been missing in either safety position for a year now,” he wrote.

Klemko predicted Elam will win the Defensive Rookie of the Year honor. Fellow MMQB.com writer Greg Bedard predicted Suggs will return to form and win the Defensive Player of the Year award for the second time of his career.

And in the graphic below, Peter King predicted the path to the Super Bowl and the eventual champion. The Ravens get knocked out in the divisional round by the Patriots, who King predicts will go on and win the Super Bowl over the Seattle Seahawks.

Ravens-Broncos Predictions

The Broncos aren’t heavy favorites after all.

At least, not according to the pundits (Vegas has the Ravens as heavy brendon ayanbadejo womens jersey underdogs).

Of the 37 picks below, 17 are predicting the Ravens. Of course, CBSSports.com gives a major boost to the Ravens’ numbers. Maybe they know something the others don’t.

The Baltimore Sun: 3 of 7 pick the Ravens

Jeff Zrebiec (Broncos 27, Ravens 17): “It’s tough to pick against the Ravens in a season opener, but this assignment couldn’t be any tougher. The Broncos are home, they are ultra-talented and they’ve been waiting for this game for eight months.”

Aaron Wilson (Ravens 24, Broncos 21): “Pass-rushing edge makes the difference as Ravens’ offense relies heavily on running back Ray Rice with Joe Flacco not fully in sync yet with new targets.”

Matt Vensel (Broncos 27, Ravens 19): “The Ravens have never lost a season opener under John Harbaugh, but they did not play a team like the Broncos with Peyton Manning on the road in Week 1.”

Peter Schmuck (Ravens 26, Broncos 23): “Forget about that eight-point spread. Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil are going to make Peyton Manning very uncomfortable, Ray Rice is going to run for 120 yards ravens ray rice jersey and the Ravens are going to be so happy they got to play in Denver before the first ice storm.” am besten verkauf 7nikefreeairblazer in my house

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