About Kurt Backert

Kurt Backert

Kurt's passion for the game began in the 60's watching the Colts on TV and at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. He began following the statistics of not only his beloved Colts but also those of the Colts opponents, with a keen eye on Vince Lombardi's Packers. His thirst for and attention to statistical detail would eventually lead Kurt on a journey to the world of fantasy football in the late 1980's where he's captured more titles than John Wooden's UCLA Bruins   Kurt carries a distinction that no other fan of the NFL can boast about.  He is the reigning NFL National Trivia Champion and he credits his Dad for passing on such passion for the game, something Kurt also hopes to pass along to his 9-year-old son.

OLD SCHOOL: Baltimore v. Pittsburgh, a One-Sided Post Season Rivalry

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In this two-part article will revisit the post season matches between Pittsburgh’s and Baltimore’s sports teams. Part I, the 70’s, the Colts, Orioles, Steelers, and Pirates Part II, 1979-to January 2009, Orioles, Ravens, Pirates, and Steelers With the Ravens making NFL history by winning in the Wild Card round for the third consecutive year they now set the table for another post season trip to Pittsburgh. This will be the Ravens third trip there for a playoff game trying to win for the first time against the Steelers in the...

3rd Time Never a Charm for Wild Card Teams

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Our Ravens are Wild Card bound for the third straight year. As we all know this means taking to the road to make it back to a Super Bowl. By becoming a Wild Card for the third straight season, the Ravens join a very small club. They have become just the 4th team since the Wild Card became a football word in 1969, to make it into the playoffs as a Wild Card entry, and with a victory in Kansas City this Sunday, they would be the first team in...

OLD SCHOOL: A look back to Baltimore’s controversial first playoff game

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Baltimore’s First Post Season Football Game Even though the 2010 Bills have played just 5 games, historians are already making comparisons between this team and the worst in their franchise’s history. The 2010 Bills are 0-5, have the 30th ranked offense and the 29th ranked defense that has allowed at least 34 points in each of its last 4 games. Now they come to Baltimore to face a Ravens team that is almost a 2 touchdown favorite. They have been compared to the 1-12-1 1968 Bills, a team that finished...

OLD SCHOOL: Baltimore v. New England

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Former Commissioner Pete Rozelle the man who led the NFL to the prominent role it plays today in American society passed away in 1996. While he is not with us anymore he has to smiling down upon the state of affairs of the 2010 season. Rozelle’s dream was to create parity among his league’s teams, his catch phrase “on any given Sunday any NFL can beat another” has more truth in 2010 than it has had in any other season from my recent memory. Seventeen of the 32 teams are...

OLD SCHOOL: Baltimore’s best and worst days v. Denver

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Kyle Orton brings the 2-2 Denver Broncos into M&T Bank Stadium to face the 3-1 Ravens Sunday. Orton beat the Titans last week with a short pass for a score to Correll Buckhalter with 1:33 remaining to pull the victory out. Orton hopes to do better than he did last year in Baltimore. Then, the Broncos were unbeaten and facing the 3-3 Ravens. Both teams were rested coming off their bye weeks and the Ravens blew the Broncos out of M&T that day 30-7. The Broncos effort was listless to...

History suggests that the Ravens are in for a battle in Cincy

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The Ravens in Week 2 after an Opening Day Victory First the Good News After battling their way to a 10-9 win Monday night over the Jets, the Ravens are now 7-8 all time in their openers, and have won the last three in a row. They now prepare to meet the Bengals.  The good news is they are 4-2 in week 2 games after winning the opener. The better news is that during the John Harbaugh era the Ravens have gone on to win in both of their second...

NFL FACT OR FICTION? The answers may surprise you

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The NFL has been an entity since 1920. As with any long running business or entertainment venue, fables are bound to be created.  The NFL is no exception.   In this segment of Old School we will tell the story behind 4 popular NFL fables. The truth behind three of these so called fables goes against “conventional wisdom.” One is actually true.   The Fables are:   1. “Monday Night Football”: ABC was the first major network to televise a prime time NFL regular season game on a week night,...

OLD SCHOOL: The Best NFL Drafts, Part II of III

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As stated in part one of our article, championships define great drafts, but All Pro awards and Hall of Fame Enshrinements also count as variables. After considering all the factors the draft of the 1958 Green Bay Packers, a major building block of their great dynasty of the 1960’s rates as the second best draft in NFL history, but it was almost a toss up between them and our first place finisher.   The Green Bay Packers of the 1960’s played in six NFL championship games, won 5 of them...

OLD SCHOOL: The Best Drafts in NFL History, Part I

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There were 2 drafts in NFL history that helped shape two of the league’s greatest dynasties – dynasties that produced the 2 best teams the NFL has seen for a single season. While no single draft was solely responsible for creating these dynasties, these 2 drafts coupled with other successful drafts and free agent pickups resulted in sustained excellence on the gridiron.   Today’s piece will be the first of a three part series. In Part I we will define what makes a great draft and look at some of...

OLD SCHOOL: The Best Drafts in NFL History, Part I

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There were 2 drafts in NFL history that helped shape two of the league’s greatest dynasties – dynasties that produced the 2 best teams the NFL has seen for a single season. While no single draft was solely responsible for creating these dynasties, these 2 drafts coupled with other successful drafts and free agent pickups resulted in sustained excellence on the gridiron.   Today’s piece will be the first of a three part series. In Part I we will define what makes a great draft and look at some of...

SUPER BOWL XLIV: The 44th AFC/NFC World Championship Game

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NFC Champion New Orleans Saints vs. AFC Champion Colts   Line: Colts favored by 5 points, Over/Under 57   The NFL/NFC have won 22 of the 43 Super Bowls….the AFC has won 5 of the last six….this is the tenth game to played in the Miami, South Florida area, 5 games were played at the Orange Bowl, this is the fifth being played at what was first known as Joe Robbie Stadium, now Sun Life Stadium….the regular season series between these teams dates back to 1967, the Baltimore Colts never...

The 50th AFL/AFC Championship Game

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New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts   Line, Colts favored by 7 1/2 points, Over-Under 39   The home team has won 31 AFL/AFC championship games, lost eighteen….home team has won the last three straight…the regular season series between these teams dates back to 1970, the Baltimore Colts  won the first regular season contest between the teams 29-22, the Colts intercepted six Joe Namath passes, returning 2 for touchdowns…, Baltimore Colts built a 15-12 regular season  series advantage over the Jets from 1970-1983, after the Colts moved in 1984, the...

The 77th NFL/NFC Championship Game

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Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints   Line, Saints favored by 4 points, Over-Under 53   The home team has won 51 NFL/NFC championship games, lost 24, the 1936 championship game was played on a neutral field…..the regular season series between these teams dates back to 1968, Saints won the first contest between the teams 20-17, winning on a Billy Kilmer touchdown pass…. the Vikings have won eighteen of the 25 regular season games played between them, the last being a 30-27 win in 2008 at New Orleans, a late...

OLD SCHOOL: Will history be a friend to the Ravens once again?

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Back to the Recent Future   Last week was one of those weeks when history repeated itself. The Ravens demolition of the Patriots was comparable in many ways to the Houston Oilers easy win over the favored Patriots in the 1978 playoffs in Foxboro, right down to the rushing statistics.   But that was last week…   This week we can turn the clocks back about 4 years to January 15, 2006, when the Wild Card Steelers visited the Colts in the 2005 playoffs to draw a comparison.   And...

OLD SCHOOL: When it comes to the Patriots, history offers the Ravens hope

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First the bad news…   The Patriots are 8-1 in franchise history at home in post season games.   Now, the good news…   The Ravens are 5-2 on the road in post season games in their franchise history.   More bad news…   There are only 2 teams in the NFL the Ravens have not beaten. They are winless against the Carolina Panthers and 0-5 vs. the Patriots.   More Good News…   Twice in franchise history the Ravens have beaten teams in the AFC Playoffs that they had...

History is on the side of the Ravens

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Controlling your own destiny, or simply put, having to win your last regular season game to make the playoffs.   With a victory this week the Ravens are in the playoffs, as we all know anything can happen from there. A loss will bring a probable ending to an up and down season.   That brings us to this week’s match against the seemingly lowly 5-10 Raiders in Oakland this Sunday. Journeyman Charlie Frye will start at quarterback and the Raiders average just twelve points a game and are next...

FANTASY BLITZ: Facts, figures and trends to set your Week 1 lineups

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If you want to win your league, spend five minutes a week with Fantasy Blitz, where we take a fast view of every game and highlight the sleepers who will score and the elite players who will not.   For this first week, the defensive rankings are from the end of the 2008 regular season   Always note the defensive statistics when setting your line up   Dolphins at Falcons, Over- Under 43.5   Dolphins, Falcons defense vs run 25th vs pass 21st   Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are...

FANTASY BLITZ: Thursday Night Special

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  If you want to win your league, spend five minutes each week with Fantasy Blitz, where we deliver a rapid fire tour around the NFL highlighting the sleepers who will score and the elite players who will not each week.   Thursday Special, the 90th NFL Season is here…   For this first week, the defensive rankings are from the end of the 2008 regular season   NOTE: Always consider the defensive statistics when setting your line up   Titans at Steelers, Over- Under 34.5   Titans, Steelers defense...

FANTASY FOCUS: Fantasy News & Notes

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I have said this before – I hate using the word sleeper when it comes to fantasy football discussion. It simply is a way for a fantasy writer to say a player could provide fantasy value but says this without fully committing to that player. Now with drafts here, there are few players who I think will surprise, some I am sure you know of, some perhaps not.   Cardinals, they say they want to run more, no way, their pass run ratio will be the same as 2008…..Falcons, Matt...

FANTASY FOOTBALL 2009: Think of this as your GPS to a Fantasy Championship

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You could spend your hard earned money on any fantasy football magazine and choose from a plethora of publications. You might also choose to subscribe to an online fantasy source and pay for their analyses.  And if that sounds like you we highly recommend the NFP (National Football Post) publication. Or you could choose to ignore said publications or perhaps augment them by working out your mouse right here and go click happy at ProFootball24x7.com for fantasy insight, depth charts, positional spotlights and of course our player rankings. And perhaps the best...