Sunday, January 30, 2011

Ravens in the Pro Bowl

Four players from the 2010 Baltimore Ravens roster will be participating in the 2011 Pro Bowl. DT Haloti Ngata, MLB Ray Lewis, OLB Terrell Suggs, and K Billy Cundiff. Haloti Ngata proved once again this year he is the best all around defensive tackle in the game. Ngata is a force to be wrecking with weather it be clogging up the middle or pursuing the quaterback on a pass. Ngata played all 16 regular season games while recording 63 combined tackles (46 solo), 5.5 sacks, and 5 passes deflected.

Ray Lewis will be attending his 12th Pro Bowl. It was a topic of discussion when Lewis joined NFL Network this week that he had only been selected to 11. Lewis argued that this is his 12th Pro Bowl because in 2007 Lewis was selected and Bart Scott was behind him in the depth chart. Lewis decided not to show up so Scott could start in his spot. During the 2010 season Ray Lewis started all 16 games. He recorded 139 combined tackles (102 solo), 2 sacks, 2 interceptions, and 2 forced fumbles.

Terrell Suggs will also be attending Honolulu this year. Suggs started all 16 games during the regular season while recording 68 combined tackles (53 solo), 11 sacks, 2 passes deflected, and 2 forced fumbles. It was a redemption year for Suggs who came off his worst season in 09 after signing a 6 year, $62.5 million with a $33.1 million bonus making him the highest paid linebacker in NFL history.
The last Raven attending the Pro Bowl is Kicker Billy Cundiff. Cundiff had a banner year for Blatimore in 2010. Cundiff made 26 of 29 field goals this year with a long of 49 yards and making all 39 extra points. Cundiff also tied the NFL record for touchbacks with 40. In only his second season with Baltimore and his 8th year in the league, Cundiff will be attending his 1st Pro Bowl.

Ed Reed was slected to his 7th Pro Bowl but will not attend due to the disappearance of his brother. Reed missed the first 6 games while recovering from hip surgery in the off season but started the following 10. Reed had 37 combined tackles (30 solo), 16 passes deflected, a league leading 8 interceptions and 1 forced fumble.

Two Ravens that missed the cut but I thought that should of made it was Todd Heap and Sam Koch. Todd Heap, in my opinion, had his best year as a Baltimore Raven. The 10th year veteran played 10 games while recording 40 receptions for 599 yards and 5 touchdowns. Sam Koch is one of the most underrated players and punters in the league. This guy pinned the opposing team back in such clutch times. Koch had 81 punts for a combined 3,530 yards, with a long of 60 yards, and an average of 43.6 yards a kick. He also pinned the opponents inside the 20 yard lind 39 times.

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