I haven’t formally announced it on here, so it legally hasn’t happened, but I’ve mentioned on Twitter here and there that the Baltimore Ravens are my early Super Bowl pick for 2010.
I love what the Ravens brought to the table in 2009 and think Joe Flacco will only get better with the addition of Anquan Boldin. I also love their top two picks in the draft, pass-rushing threat Sergio Kindle and run stuffer Terrence Cody.
But the summer hasn’t gone Baltimore’s way. Their weakest point — the defensive backfield — has taken several hits.
Superstar safety Ed Reed is already expected to miss a significant chunk of games as he recovers from offseason hip surgery; veteran cornerbacks Lardarius Webb and Fabian Washington are both trying to recover from ACL injuries; and another corner, Cary Williams, is suspended for the first two games of the season.
And now the biggest blow of all: Cornerback Domonique Foxworth has torn his ACL and is out for the season.
Making things extra tough for the secondary is that Kindle, who would have been able to relieve some pressure up front, recently fell down two flights of stairs and fractured his skull.
You can’t make this stuff up.
Considering how badly things have gone this offseason in Pittsburgh and considering that there’s no way the world would let Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens be successful together, I’m thinking we’re about to see a major surprise in that division.
Your 2010 AFC North champions: the Cleveland Browns.