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Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs looked into his crystal ball Thursday as a guest analyst on ESPN’s NFL Live.
Squaring off against analyst and former New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, Suggs was first asked who was going to have the better defense this year, the Ravens or New York Jets.
“Hard to say,” Suggs said. “We all descended from the same thing. But we’re hungry, so I’m going to say Baltimore.”
Bruschi disagreed, saying the Jets defense carried New York to the AFC Championship last year and added a handful of free agents this offseason. Suggs interjected.
“Where’d they come from?” Suggs said. “It originated in Baltimore. … These are just names. No football game in history has been won on paper. We’ll see on Monday night.”
Next question: Will Anquan Boldin return to Pro Bowl status with the Ravens?
“Absolutely,” Suggs said. “For the simple fact of Joe Flacco, Donte’ Stallworth, Derrick Mason came back. With all these weapons you can’t just key on Anquan Boldin. And I forgot to mention Ray Rice. … It’s all one big plan.”
Bruschi disagreed, saying the Ravens offense is still built off the run.
Last question: Which AFC North quarterback will throw the most touchdowns next season?
“That’s tough,” Suggs said. “I’d say it’s definitely going to come down to the wire between Joe Flacco and Carson Palmer. But Joe’s younger, he’s ready. Joe’s ready.”
Bruschi said Palmer because he has a better red zone threat in rookie tight end Jermaine Gresham.
Suggs tabbed Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson as the best NFL player in 2010. Right afterwards, Bruschi picked Ravens running back Ray Rice.
“I think he’s going to have a breakout year,” Bruschi said. “He’s going to put up some big numbers. I think he’ll possibly be the MVP.”
Suggs picked San Francisco wideout Michael Crabtree as his breakout performer of 2010 and Steelers safety Troy Polamalu as his comeback player of the year.