06 Oct 2004
This is the type of comment that makes me love Dr. Z:
Baltimore Ravens (2-2)
Yeah, they were punished severely, maybe more than they deserve, but here's the thing. ESPN's pregame was heavily into Ray Lewis. "Is he the greatest of all time?" Mike Ditka was asked in all seriousness. And then, of course, Lewis was miked for sound, because no defensive player in the league is as noisy as he is. He should have been miked for making a tackle, because he didn't accomplish many of them, I don't care what the hometown stats crew figures showed. KC fullback Tony Richardson owned him. Even John Madden took a shot, after Lewis claimed he's double-teamed on every play. "Well, they single-blocked him on that play," John said. And lots more times, too.
The Giants and Ravens set a record in Super Bowl XXXV with 21 total punts. That record may well be in jeopardy. But in this battle of top defenses, Carolina's superior and more flexible offense gives the Panthers the edge.