For the third consecutive season the Baltimore Ravens are in the playoffs and in a league where true competition and parity exist it makes the accomplishment all the more special.
So Mr. Blogger/Armchair analyst, the Ravens are back in the playoffs again, do you have anything negative left to say about the Ravens?
Tonight should be about celebrating an accomplishment. There will be plenty of time to talk about how Baltimore stacks up against other very good teams in the playoffs and if the team’s defecincies will come back to hurt them in another quest for the trophy at another time.
Most fanatics obsess over the details. That’s why every week it seems as if the fan base has been unhappy with the Ravens season even though they are 11-4, are heading to the playoffs, and still have an outside chance of winning the division.
People were surprised when Brian Billick got fired at the end of 2007. But the main complaint was that his teams often ebbed and flowed like the tides. The rosters were stacked with talent -though not always on offense, and there was no reason why a Ravens team should be a ten game winner one season and a six game winner the next. John Harbaugh gets hired and he and his staff deliver another nine win plus season and another chance at a title. (Every season he’s been here) What more could you ask for?
The entire Ravens organization is a model of efficiency and stability. Baltimore fans should know because the polar opposite resides across the street in the Warehouse. They’ve accomplished a lot and have given the fanbase a reason to feel good about the product they support each week.
How do Ray Lewis and Ed Reed continue to produce?
These guys are Hall of Famers. If anyone could do it it wouldn’t be so special.
Ray Lewis talked trash towards Peyton Hillis and the Browns Offensive Line and said that his huge day against Baltimore the first time – “Wouldn’t Happen Again.” And surprise – it didn’t.
Mainly because Lewis rarely can’t back up his words and because John Harbaugh made sure the Defensive Line had plenty of active players. (Only 3 1/2 last time they played) Lewis’ statements were less about disrespecting his opponent and more about rallying his troops to another strong performance. He’s done it before which is why few of us even blinked about anything negative that could come out of his comments. I actually felt better about the game at that point.
You also have to like that the Ravens defense is returning to their turnover producing ways.
What Ed Reed did today simply wasn’t fair. He baited the young McCoy into two mistakes, one that was a game closer. Colt McCoy may actually be the answer in Cleveland but he felt the heat and made several miscues today that had his coaches throwing their headsets in disgust.
Appreciate these men now. Who knows when Lewis and/or Reed will ride off into the sunset?
Who was the Offensive Player of the Game?
Joe Flacco was 12/19 for under 100 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also had a few big third down pickups. Ray Rice had a quite 92 yards on 25 carries. But I’d like to give it up to the Offensive Line. Flacco was only sacked once and it seems that the Run-First mentality has rubbed off on this group and has helped focus and ground them. When was the last time the Ravens recorded only ONE penalty?
Who was the Defensive Player of the Game?
Reed was in theft mode, Lewis was denying a cat his meal and the defense pitched a shutout in the second half. The Josh Wilson acquisition looks better and better each week. Dawan Landry did what he does best and that’s stuff the run.