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English: Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens number o...

Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens number one draft choice at training camp, McDaniel College, Westminster, Maryland 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Happy Purple Friday!

Once again, we’ve started our local tradition of gearing up all weekend for the Ravens’ game.

They will play on this Monday night, making it the 2nd time in 3 seasons the Ravens opened the season on MNF.

Of course, our expectations for our Ravens this year will be sky high: winning the Super Bowl. Few teams have gone to the playoffs four years in a row like the Ravens have.

Even fewer teams have won at least one postseason game four years in a row.

And no other team than Joe Flacco’s Ravens has ever, and I mean ever, had the same starting quarterback since his rookie season go to the playoffs every single year he’s been in the league.

Talk about dominance! Let’s go for playoffs #5, Joe #5 Flacco!

The anticipation is killing me as I bet its similiarly happening to many of you.  Will our offense improve even more this season with #5 utilizing the “no-huddle” approach? Will our new kicker remind us of good ol’ Stover?

Can our offensive line stay intact? Will T. Smith continue to scorch opposing defenses or have they learned to contain his speed?  Finally, will the combo of Kruger, new guy Upshaw, and our front seven’s depth fill in nicely for Suggs & JJ’s absence?

All these will start to be answered Monday night @ 7:00pm. Don’t miss it!

(orignally published 09/07/12)