What they're saying about the Ravens

Here's a look at what other media are saying about the Ravens:

• Eight of the 25 analysts in ESPN.com's Pigskin Panel select the Ravens to win the Super Bowl. The Indianapolis Colts received seven votes, while the Green Bay Packers were picked by five people.

Solid defense, anchored by a future Hall of Fame linebacker. Check.

Elite starting quarterback, according to John Clayton's QB rankings. Check.

Two veteran star wideouts (T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Anquan Boldin) added to an offense that includes one of the NFL's top young RBs (Ray Rice) and averaged 24.3 points and ranked 13th in the league in 2009. Check, check and check.

ESPN.com's power rankings have the Ravens at No. 6 in the league, down one spot from last week.

Adding WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh is another sign Baltimore is aiming for nothing less than a Super Bowl.

• ESPN.com's James Walker, author of the AFC North blog who ranks the Ravens No. 3 in the league, writes that the Ravens' falling one spot in the power rankings is odd.

I'm puzzled how the Ravens dropped one spot with our panel since July. I voted Baltimore two places higher this time after being impressed with this team in training camp and the preseason. Although I still have concerns about the secondary, I do like that cornerbacks Lardarius Webb and Fabian Washington are getting healthy. General manager Ozzie Newsome also has been proactive, trading for cornerback Josh Wilson and signing receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh. The voting for Baltimore was all over the place. I had the Ravens at No. 3 for example, and ESPN.com senior writer John Clayton put them out of the top 10 at No. 11.

• Walker writes approvingly of the Ravens' acquisition of wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who is expected to be the No. 3 receiver, in a blog post titled 'The Ravens aren't playing around.'

Houshmandzadeh is a tremendous bargain at $855,000 this season. There is little money or risk involved, Houshmandzadeh is very familiar with the AFC North and the former Cincinnati Bengal has been one of the NFL's more productive receivers the past several seasons. ... The rich just got richer.

• Paul Daugherty writes on Cincinnati.com that the Bengals offense will overwhelm the Ravens' secondary.

Everyone froths about Baltimore's better offense, thanks to A. Boldin and the emergence of Ray Rice, the best back in the division. They overlook how bad B-more's secondary is. This, again, is where Nine earns his money and shuts some mouths. He has been good against the Ravens when the Ravens had a good secondary. He should light this edition up like Broadway.

• The Evening News and the Tribune of Jeffersonville, Ind., predicts the Ravens will go 11-5 this season.

Even without Ed Reed for at least six weeks, the Ravens should win the North.

[Compiled by Mike Catalini]

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