As we learned last week, members of the
"If you asked me to pick a team to win, well, of course the 2000 Ravens," guard
"When you think about this team and the 2000 [Super Bowl team], the kinds of things you see is we have a great mix of it all," the linebacker said. "We have youth, we have athleticism, we have wisdom, we have leadership -- we have it at all different levels. That's kind of the thing we had in 2000 that was very, very special."
This current team is special, too, and will be even if they don’t beat the
But would their high-powered offense be able to penetrate the vaunted 2000 defense? Would the 2000 team be able to score enough points to keep pace? Would the world collapse upon itself due to the intensity vortex created when Ray Lewis and Ray Lewis collided at midfield for the pre-game coin toss?
Is this relevant with the Super Bowl just three days away? Heck no. But it's fun to think about, because despite the similarities Lewis pointed out, these teams couldn't be more different in terms of style. So who would win? We'll never know for sure, at least not until time travel is invented. In the meantime, let's go matchup by matchup and predict which Super squad would have the edge.
2012 PASS OFFENSE VS. 2000 PASS DEFENSE
The Ravens passing attack was inconsistent during the regular season -- often explosive but ineffective at other times -- but
2012 RUSH OFFENSE VS. 2000 RUSH DEFENSE
The Ravens have a
2012 PASS DEFENSE VS. 2000 PASS OFFENSE
If the 2000 Ravens team had a weakness, it was a pedestrian passing game. Quarterbacked by
2012 RUSH DEFENSE VS. 2000 RUSH OFFENSE
Running back Jamal Lewis, a rookie in 2000, was the engine of that offense, rushing for 1,364 yards and six touchdowns in the regular season. He topped 100 rushing yards in two of the team’s playoff wins, including the 34-7 win over the
2012 SPECIAL TEAMS VS. 2000 SPECIAL TEAMS
For the most part, these teams were pretty similar on special teams.
2012 INTANGIBLES VS. 2000 INTANGIBLES
Both teams were special when it comes to overcoming adversity, especially when it revolved around Ray Lewis. In 2000, it was his legal issues in Atlanta. This year, it was his return from a torn triceps and the allegations that he used performance-enhancing drugs. But this year's team has overcome a lot more than just that. They endured a slew of injuries. Torrey Smith lost his brother early in the season. They lost four games in the month of December. And they changed offensive coordinators. The fact that they are in New Orleans -- especially via Denver and New England -- is remarkable. ADVANTAGE: 2012 RAVENS.
2012 VS. 2000 SUPER BOWL PREDICTION