NFL Picks: Why Baltimore Ravens will win Super Bowl

Jordan Sharp

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 8:13 PM GMT

Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 8:13 PM GMT

In what could be one of the most entertaining Super Bowls in recent memory, what is being dubbed “The Har-Bowl,” is set for next weekend, as the Ravens and 49ers hook up in New Orleans. We are here to tell you why the Baltimore Ravens will win the Super Bowl.

A lot has been made about this game, and the NFL Odds are favoring the 49ers by -4 early in the first week leading up to the game.

At this point of the week, the players are still getting their family members tickets, and enjoying a couple of days off, but I’m here to tell you right now, that the Ravens will win the Super Bowl.

Let our 'Super Bowl Picks & Early predictions' article help you breakdown the opening odds.

By the power of Ray Lewis

The Baltimore Ravens are exhibiting a lot of key traits of a Super Bowl champion. Let’s examine the past four or five winners of the big game. All of them had their ups and downs throughout the season, and all of them got hot at the perfect time. That is the Ravens’ season in a nutshell.

Baltimore’s defense was average to below average in the regular season. Injuries and age were the apparent cause, but even after 16 long regular season games, this defense has stepped up since the start of the playoffs, and has been getting better every game.

Baltimore held Indianapolis without a touchdown in what was Ray Lewis’ last game at M&T Bank stadium in their wildcard round matchup, and then it was onto face Peyton Manning.

Despite getting every last drop of the greatness of Manning thrown at them, the Ravens’ defense would not break. They intercepted Manning twice, forced the Broncos’ QB to fumble twice, (losing one) and sacked him three times for good measure.

Then last week, against all the odds, critics and weather in Boston, the Ravens held Tom Brady and the Patriots to 13 points, in one of the best revenge games I’ve seen in my time covering the NFL. Baltimore intercepted Brady twice as well, and forced a key fumble, which sealed the deal in the second half.

My point that I’m trying to drive home is that like the Giants last year, the Packers two years ago, the Saints, Steelers and Giants again; all five of the past Super Bowl winners rode a hot defense all the way to the Lombardi Trophy. The Ravens’ defense has gotten hot at the perfect time, and they are going to prove it once again. They took Andrew Luck to school, they dueled to the brink of death with Manning, and they crushed their nemesis Brady, Colin Kaepernick stands little to no chance.

Yes, some of the past Super Bowl winners have had great quarterbacks and deep offenses, but the Ravens are close to those labels as well.

Are you siding with San Francisco? Find our why others think that the 49ers will win the Super Bowl.

Niners fall short

San Francisco has never lost once they have reached the big game, as they are a perfect five for five in Super Bowls in their great history. As NFL bettors, you and I know that streaks like that have to come to an end some time, and with all that has happened with the 49ers this season, I think the curse of Alex Smith is going to help defeat the Niners.

The 49ers’ defense has been giving up points and yards in bunches this post season, something they did not do in the regular season. Joe Flacco can exploit the Niners’ secondary, and don’t forget about one of the best running backs in the NFL, Ray Rice.

Kaepernick will be tough to stop for the Ravens on defense, but Baltimore is big and fast enough to do it. Baltimore’s line backing core in their 3-4 defense is as deep and talented as ever. As long as those guys, and the guys up front can stop the Niners’ run game, the Ravens will win.

Baltimore has gotten better and better at defending the run as the playoffs go on, as they held New England to just over 100 rushing yards. If they can do that again, along with bottling up Kaepernick and turning him into a pocket passer, the Ravens will hoist the trophy for Ray Lewis one last time.
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