10 bold predictions for the new Ravens season
By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun
Before every Ravens game, I Windex my crystal ball and make four Ravens predictions sure to go wrong for a regular game-day feature on baltimoresun.com. Sometimes, the predictions are actually bold. And often, they end up being wrong. But they are a fun way to preview the game. So with the season opener just a day away, allow me to kick it up a notch with 10 Ravens predictions for the 2013 season. Just remember, as is the case with my weekly predictions, all I ask is that you don't hold these against me whenever they end up being embarrassingly wrong.
No. 1: Joe Flacco will set career highs in passing yards and touchdowns -- and interceptions
The reigning Super Bowl Most Valuable Player enters the regular season without wide receiver Anquan Boldin and tight end Dennis Pitta, two of his favorite targets from 2012, and he threw four interceptions in three preseason games. But I still think Flacco is poised to have the best statistical season of his career. No, he won't be able to replicate his playoff performance over a 16-game season, but he should be able to top his career single-season highs in passing yards (3,817) and touchdowns (25). However, if Flacco struggles to develop chemistry with his new pass-catchers, his single-season high in interceptions (12) could be in danger, too.