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Rex Ryan: 'Ravens are going to win this game'

Posted on: January 20, 2012 6:04 pm
Ryan likes Baltimore and Suggs. Welker's response: 'That's Rex for you.' (US PRESSWIRE/Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Las Vegas and's NFL experts may not give the Ravens much of a chance against the Patriots in the AFC Championship game but not everyone is sold on New England. Take unbiased observer, former Ravens defensive coordinator, and current Jets head coach Rex Ryan, who appeared on WFAN Friday to make his bold prediction.

“First off, the Ravens are going to win this game,” he told Mike Francesa. "But the truth is this. The only way you’re going to beat New England is if you have a great defense. And when you look at the teams that won – obviously Buffalo was the one exception – the Giants had a great game defensively, they were able to get pressure on the quarterback, make plays in the back end. The Ravens had beaten New England before with a dominant defense."

Seems reasonable enough, especially Ryan's implication that the Jets, who finished the season 8-8 and missed the playoffs, didn't have a great defense (they went 0-2 against the Patriots in 2011). And he alluded to that during his conversation with Francesa.

"We beat New England three times but we did it creatively … a different type of defense, (Tom Brady) wasn’t comfortable," Ryan said. "There are only a few teams…Pittsburgh, was more physical than New England. That’s why they won. So the Ravens, in my opinion, are going to take a similar approach to how the Giants played them. Meaning, they’re going to rush four guys on them, I truly think they’re going to rush four. I think Terrell Suggs might be the difference in this game. I don’t know how many guys can block Terrell Suggs. I’ve got the answer: none of them. So I think Suggs is going to be huge but they’ve got to be physical. And the Ravens’ offense does have to show up. They have to protect the football."

It's no surprise that Ryan likes Baltimore this weekend; he has ties to the organization and he's bound by rivalry to loathe New England. But he also lays out a game plan (if not wholly convincing then certainly credible) for stopping Tom Brady's high-powered offense. Ryan, after all, was the Ravens' defensive coordinator in 2007 when a not-very-good Baltimore team almost upended the undefeated Patriots. (Of course, Ryan's decision to call a timeout late in that game, when it appeared that Baltimore had stopped Brady on 4th and 1, played a non-trivial part in the outcome.)

Wide receiver Wes Welker, one of Brady's favorite targets, was asked Friday about Ryan's prognostication. "That’s Rex for you," he said according to Rapid Reporter Greg Bedard. "Hopefully we can prove him wrong."

As for slowing that tenacious Ravens' defense, guard Logan Mankins suggested more no-huddle.

"I think it helps," Mankins said via Bedard. "(The Ravens) do a lot of different things, so maybe (the no-huddle) will make them not do so many different things."

After a win over the Texans last week, Joe Flacco and the Ravens will take on Tom Brady and the Patriots at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Championship. Jason Horowitz and's Pat Kirwan preview this game. Watch the game on CBS at 3 PM ET. 

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Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 3:02 am

Rex Ryan: 'Ravens are going to win this game'

The outcome depends on which offense line shows up for the Ravens: the sieve or the good one.  The Patriots awful defense may help bring about the latter.  The Ravens are not going to stop the Patriots offense completely, but note they're a much better defense now than when they beat the Patriots in Foxborough 33-14 the last time they played.  And the Patriots lost and only scored 17 points against a Steelers team that the Ravens scored 35 and 23 points against.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2012 1:42 am

Rex Ryan: 'Ravens are going to win this game'

The Patriots are a good team, but they faced the Broncos last week...a team with no offense and no defense. The Ravens have the second best defense in the world...behind my 49ers. The idiotic comments by the patriots and giants fans would be amusing if they were not so hateful, racist, and homophobic. What is it about tough talking nyers that bring out the worse in people? it's OK to attack a team...but to attack another team's fans. I suppose I should be thankful that patriots and giants fans are not like saints and dodgers fans who will shoot and beat me up.  

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 12:03 am

Rex Ryan: 'Ravens are going to win this game'

Naturally, if Rex guarantees it it's going to happen, right? 

Wait, what's that?  Did he really?  Twice?  Oh...

Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2012 10:34 pm

Rex Ryan: 'Ravens are going to win this game'

LOL - That is a perfect observation!  Ryan is a joke and the NY Jet fans love him for some reason.  Read the other article on CBS about Ryan today and he states that he is done with predictions.  What a load of crap this guy is.  I despise the Jets and their fans for just this reason, but admire the Giants because at least they have a classy franchise (some of their fans - ehhh - obnoxious but that's New York for you).

Large Marge sticks with this guy!!

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 10:01 pm

Rex Ryan: 'Ravens are going to win this game'

Ryan is Costanza.........if everything I say is wrong the opposite must be right!
His prediction % is what.....25%.......if that. 
And here we go again large marge! 

Since: Feb 22, 2010
Posted on: January 20, 2012 9:48 pm

Rex Ryan: 'Ravens are going to win this game'

Love the picture of old boy Rex.  Kind of looks like a jackass...HEE HAW!   For a guy you cannot control his own team and makes grandious pre-season predictions about his own team....and was dead wrong yet again, I take what he says with a grain of ..what is smaller than salt.....??? He is the joke of the NFL among coaches.  Just shut up, will ya!

Since: May 16, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 9:42 pm

Rex Ryan: 'Ravens are going to win this game'

As if the Pats needed MORE motivation!

Since: Dec 10, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 9:41 pm

Rex Ryan: 'Ravens are going to win this game'

Fat Ryan's prediction is certainly a kiss of death for thr Ravens. I'm surprised he actually had an audible comment with all the chicken wing skin in his overserved face hole...

Since: Apr 30, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 9:35 pm

Rex Ryan: 'Ravens are going to win this game'

Excellent news for Patriots fans, NostraRyan's predictions are always wrong. 

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 9:30 pm

Rex Ryan: 'Ravens are going to win this game'

This pompous ass just can't keep his fat mouth shut.

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