The NFL Network is in the midst of their annual Top 100 players in the NFL right now and the Baltimore Ravens have been well represented thus far. Last night Joe Flacco and Ray Rice were showcased as the 19th and 13th ranked players.
Of course this list is just that a list and has no real weight in regards to anything that will happen on the football field, but hey, it’s the offseason and football fans love having something to talk about.
Flacco, who is the reigning Super Bowl MVP came in at number 19 on the list. Seems like quite the compliment to be considered the 19th best player in the entire NFL, but Baltimore fans probably do not see it that way and rightfully so. It is one thing to say there are 18 players that are better than Flacco, but when guys like Matt Ryan (17) and Robert Griffin III (15) are ranked higher than a quarterback that has been to the postseason every year he has been in the league and won at least one playoff game in each of those years, it is a bit of a head scratcher.
Joe has a career playoff record of 9-4 with three AFC Championship berths and a Super Bowl ring, while Matt Ryan is 1-4 and RGIII is 0-1. Seems like this list does not take into account the ultimate goal in football and that is to win.
Rice was also unveiled on the list last night as he came in as the 13th ranked player in the NFL right now. Some people have questioned him being ranked ahead of Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, but people forget how good of a duel threat running back Rice is. He is a threat to take it to the house whether he runs or catches the football. 4th and 29, enough said.
Thus far, the NFL Network Top 100 players right now has unveiled numbers 100-11, and with just the top 10 remaining, Baltimore has already been well represented with six players on the list, which include TE Dennis Pitta (100), Jacoby Jones (88), Terrell Suggs (56), Haloti Ngata (42) and now Flacco (19) and Rice (13). With just the top ten remaining, many fans are both wondering and expecting to see Marshal Yanda show up, but there have not been many offensive linemen to crack the list.
Former Ravens WR Anquan Boldin and S Ed Reed have also made the list and came in at 93 and 18 respectfully.
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