September 18, 2010

Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals Free Picks and Preview



Baltimore Ravens
(1-0, 1-0 ATS)

Cincinnati Bengals
(0-1, 0-1 ATS)

The Cincinnati Bengals swept the Baltimore Ravens last year in NFL betting action, which was the biggest reason why they won the AFC North. Early in the 2010 season, the hosts might be fighting for their lives as they once again play host to their purple and black clad rivals at Paul Brown Stadium.

They’re physical and ready to punish you on a regular basis, and the Ravens have a great memory for what happened last season. Whether LB Sergio Kindle suits or not, the defense for Baltimore will be looking to put up a second straight dominating effort just as it did last week in a 10-9 victory over the New York Jets. This is a team that just seems to want to damn whatever situation it is in and will take on all opponents head on with a sense of reckless abandonment. What has to be the scariest thing for the Bengals in this game is knowing that the Ravens have really yet to awake offensively. Sure, they did a great job of maintaining the football for over 38 minutes against New York last week, but QB Joe Flacco only threw for 248 yards without making it to the end zone, and one of the best rushing teams in the game only managed 49 yards on 35 carries. WR Anquan Boldin abused DB Antonio Cromartie last week, catching seven passes for 110 yards. Cincy doesn’t have a defensive back capable of guarding both Boldin and WR Derrick Mason on the outside.

The way that the Bengals were crushed by the New England Patriots last week doesn’t instill much confidence in us either. The defense and special teams were flat out woeful for Cincinnati in Week 1. The ‘D’ allowed QB Tom Brady to pick this team apart, as he threw for 258 yards and three scores without really breaking a sweat. On special teams, the second half was started with a 97 yard kick return for the New England TD that effectively put the game out of reach. Give the Bengals some credit for fighting back, as the game might act as a confidence booster for an offense that had a lot of question marks coming into the year. QB Carson Palmer went 34-of-50 for 345 yards with two TDs and a pick, while all four of WR Chad Ochocinco, WR Jordan Shipley, WR Terrell Owens, and TE Jermaine Gresham caught at least five passes. Improvement could be made in the rushing game, where RB Cedric Benson only managed 43 yards on 15 carries.

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Our NFL picks in this game are fairly obvious. We know that Baltimore is the favorite of the oddsmakers, and we think that is for a significant reason. The Ravens aren’t going to be in a pleasant mood after dropping twice to this team last year, and they should come out firing on all cylinders. This is a big chance to move to 2-0 and to open up a lead in the AFC North before ever playing a game at home.

Selection: Baltimore Ravens -2.5

NAVY IDENTIFIES SEAL WHO DIED DURING TRAINING EXERCISE

US Fed News Service, Including US State News February 2, 2008 The U.S. Navy issued the following press release:

Special Warfare Operator 2nd Class (SEAL) Shapoor Alexander Ghane Jr., 22, of Las Vegas, Nev., died from gunshot wounds suffered during a live-fire close quarters combat training exercise in Lake Cormorant, Miss., Jan. 30.

“Our family is devastated at the sudden loss of Alexander Ghane,” his family said in a statement released by the Navy on their behalf. “He will be forever missed by his mother, Farideh Ghane; sister, Tala Ghane; and fianc?©e, Tina Borys. He was a wonderful son, great brother and true patriot. Alexander enjoyed life and loved being a Navy SEAL. He had a kind and generous soul which will be missed dearly. We are proud of him, proud of all his accomplishments and the man that he had become. Though his life has been cut short, we will forever cherish the time we had with him.” The incident took place at a contractor facility, the Mid-South Institute of Self-Defense Shooting, in Mississippi. Ghane was rushed via Life Flight to Elvis Presley Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. website navy seals training

An investigation by the Navy, Naval Criminal Investigative Service and local authorities to determine the details of the incident is in progress.

“Alex Ghane will always be remembered as a true friend and a dedicated SEAL,” said Ghane’s task unit operational commander. “He was particularly proud of earning his Trident and would do anything asked of him with a smile. Alex died doing what he loved. He died a SEAL, with his teammates around him. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family.” Ghane enlisted in the U.S. Navy June 30, 2004 and graduated from boot camp at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill., in September. In November 2004, Ghane entered Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training in Coronado, Calif, Class 256. website navy seals training

“Alex Ghane was a dedicated young man who embodied the word ‘teammate,’” said Ghane’s troop senior enlisted advisor. “He was equally quick with a joke or an offer to help. He overcame more than most to become a SEAL, and his drive and infectious energy served as an example to everyone who had the privilege of working with him. He will be sorely missed.” Following graduation from BUD/S, Ghane attend several advanced training courses until arriving at a West Coast-based SEAL Team in June 2007.

His military awards and decorations include the Navy Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Expert Rifleman Marksmanship Medal and Expert Pistol Marksmanship Medal.

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