The game is a little over 24 hours away, so the staff of the J-E-T Press is going around the table to give our thoughts and predictions for tomorrow’s game. Some are with score, some not. I am going to bring up the rear this time instead of going first, and we are going to start with the ladies:
Apparently I’m a traitor to the conference I normally support because of who I’m rooting for to win the Super Bowl. As if this isn’t obvious, and although I’ll repeat it again at the end of this little bit here, I’m going for the 9ers. Why? I like their team better. I don’t care much for the Ravens and while I won’t deny that they’re a talented club, I think the 9ers are more talented. They’re also more fun to watch. I don’t buy into the politics of liking a team for one player, but if I did I’d like the 9ers solely because of Colin Kaepernick. Yes, I think it’s terrible that Alex Smith lost his job due to the timing of an injury and the backup’s style of play coming full circle, but look at that team’s games throughout the playoffs and tell me they weren’t the most fun group of guys to hit a field. I don’t care much for Ray Lewis and I think Flacco is a product of his environment that finally hit it right. So, call me a traitor because I’d like to see the team representing the NFC win the big game on Sunday, or just call me a person who doesn’t have any real vested interest in either team and just wants to see a great game. Either way you paint it, I am hoping to see San Francisco come out as the victors. And then we’ll all have to brace for Kaepmania to sweep the land even more. Tebow who?
The 49ers have an opportunity to take the next step, to get the ring that they thought was theirs last year. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been incredible since the moment he took the starting job and he’s had a post-season for the ages. Micahel Crabtree has looked like he’s resurrected his career and now that they were able to get Vernon Davis going, they look unbeatable. That defense for the 49ers has been ferocious all year. HOWEVER, they are coming up against a team in the Ravens that have the pedigree of playing a tough hard nose smash mouth brand of football. And the Ravens have gotten healthy at the right time. Do the 49ers have more talent than the Ravens? At a lot of the skill positions, I’d say yes they do. But this game is an opportunity for Ravens QB Joe Flacco to finally step into the spotlight and say that I belong with the best of the best. When Mark Sanchez started in the league and made the AFC title game in the first two years, I looked at Joe Flacco as someone who Sanchez could be. Now Flacco is on the verge of being considered one of those elite quarterbacks.
This game, as of right now is a betting line of 49ers being a 3.5 favorite over the Ravens. And to me, that basically amounts to a pick ‘em game and that it’s too close to call. This game is going to be won or lost in the trenches with (as Ray Lucas would say) the big fatties up front. I also see this being a big game for both teams running backs. And both teams have stud running backs in Frank Gore and Ray Rice.
I’ve been saying all along that the Ravens will pull this off, I’m going to stay with that pick. And I think Rice (the New Rochelle native) will prevail as the better back and I think that the Ravens defense will figure out Kaepernick. So I’m going with the Ravens (and because it’s fun to try and guess the score — Ravens 17, 49ers 14.