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New York Jets Trade Rumors: Top 4 Trade Destinations For Darrelle Revis And What Gang Green Might Get For All-Pro Cornerback

on January 25 2013 9:09 AM
New York Jets Trade Rumors: Top 4 Trade Destinations For Darrelle Revis And What Gang Green Might Get For All-Pro Cornerback

The New York Jets are reportedly considering trading star cornerback Darrelle Revis. NFL.com's Albert Breer reported that team owner Woody Johnson is open to the idea of dumping the 27-year-old cover man's $6 million salary for 2013.

There would be few teams not keen on adding a shutdown corner as accomplished as Revis. Yet four contenders in particular, could boost their Super Bowl credentials by making a swap deal for Revis. While it's too early to consign Revis's Jets career to memory, here is a look at where a trade might send him, starting with what compensation Gang Green could expect to receive.

Potential Trade Value for Revis

At only 27, Revis would still command high value on the trade market. In just six years, he has established himself as the premier corner in the NFL. With Revis on the field, a defense can feel confident about having one side of the field shut down.

The Prophecy Fulfilled: Ray Lewis And The Baltimore Ravens Are Going To The Superbowl

on January 21 2013 12:31 PM
The Prophecy Fulfilled: Ray Lewis And The Baltimore Ravens Are Going To The Superbowl
As Ray Lewis stood in the very same Locker Room a year ago, he gave an inspirational speech to his Baltimore Ravens team-mates. They would be back here next year, and when that time came, the outcome would be different. A year on, the legendary Linebacker was right. The Ravens pulled off a monumental upset over the New England Patriots to ensure their undisputed leader gets the send off his career undoubtedly deserves. Lewis will get all the headlines, without question. However, he will be the first to admit that this was a collective effort. He has long been a believer in this team, convinced that this year they would reach the promised land. They didn't make it easy for themselves, their route through the playoffs made it difficult to believe they could achieve their goal. After all, 3 of the NFL's best Quarterback's would stand in their way. First up was Rookie Sensation Andrew Luck. Luck found the Playoff much harder than the Regular Season and the Colts were easily disposed of 24-9 in Lewis' last game in-front of the adoring home crowd.

AFC Championship Recap And Analysis: Insider Knowledge Helped Baltimore Ravens Defense Shut Down Tom Brady and The New England Patriots

on January 21 2013 11:59 AM
AFC Championship Recap And Analysis: Insider Knowledge Helped Baltimore Ravens Defense Shut Down Tom Brady and The New England Patriots

Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees knows the New England Patriots well and it showed in the AFC Championship game. Pees' defense frustrated Tom Brady and company all game long and held them scoreless in the second half, keying Baltimore's 28-13 upset.

Pees coached for Bill Belichick and the Patriots from 2004 to 2009. That included a stint as defensive coordinator. His insider knowledge of how to beat Brady and expertise with the defensive schemes learned under Belichick, were perfectly evident. The similarities were apparent in a gameplan that had all the hallmarks of Belichick's trademark scheming. It began with denying Brady and his prolific attack the big play.

It is a common misconception that Brady still directs an offense based on so-called "dink and dunk" passes. However, the Patriots real skill is manufacturing big gains against bewildered defenses. The Patriots' pass offense ranked fourth in the league during the regular season. Included in that stat were 57 completions of 20 yards or more, including eight of 40 plus. The Ravens first priority was to eliminate this quick-strike capability.

Baltimore Ravens vs New England Patriots Betting Odds and Preview

on January 19 2013 4:23 PM
Baltimore Ravens vs New England Patriots Betting Odds and Preview

Are the Baltimore Ravens a team of destiny?  Can anybody stop the New England Patriots offense?  What does the Gronk injury mean? Let's take a closer look at this AFC conference championship.

MarketsHere's a point spread that I expected to come out higher than it should have. In the theoretical look-ahead line prior to the Divisional round, the Patriots were actually -6 favorites vs the Ravens.  That's very surprising on every level.  What did we see over the weekend to suggest this should come out at -9?  By my numbers, the Patriots are clearly more than touchdown favorites in this match-up.  I have the "true line" at -7.5.  Throughout the week we've seen a trickle of support for the Ravens as we are now looking at -7.5 to -8's across the board.  Where will this line go leading up to kickoff? I can't imagine it hitting -7 as most of the general public will be betting both favorites this weekend.

No Mysteries in This Game

AFC Conference Championship Matchups: Stevan Ridley And Patriots Rushing Attack vs. Ray Lewis, Suggs-Led Ravens Run Defense

on January 19 2013 2:16 AM
AFC Conference Championship Matchups: Stevan Ridley And Patriots Rushing Attack vs. Ray Lewis, Suggs-Led Ravens Run Defense

After a decade of dominance, the Ravens stingy run defense lost a ton luster after finnishing 20th in the league this year. They lost their attacking fist of Terrell Suggs for most of the season, then losing their heart in Ray Lewis, and seeing the brain of Ed Reed off the field at times. The body of this Ravens defense has been in jeopardy reeling from the loss of its individual pieces. Suggs and Lewis are back, Reed is healthy, and the Ravens are playing with a conviction and passion we have not seen since the magical 2000 Super Bowl season.

The Patriots have a top 10 rushing attack for the first time in the Tom Brady era, and Stevan Ridley is the reason for it. Ridley’s 1263 and 12 touchdowns lead the way to the Patriots seventh ranked rushing attack, with Shane Vereen, Danny Woodhead, and Brandon Boldin all recording 250+ rushing yards as well. Ridley is a pure rusher, who comes off the field for passing downs, making way for Woodhead and Hernandez to catch passes out of the backfield.

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