A guest post by Daniel Clark, @DJC_Sports
The 2013 season has come to an end for the Baltimore Ravens, after losing a must-win week 17 clash with the Cincinnati Bengals, 34-17.
The season was a real mixed bag and struggled to live up to expectations after the Super Bowl victory last season. There were moments of brilliance and moments of madness, however most frequently came moments of frustration as the Ravens failed to capitalize on opportunities and instead, handed the advantage straight back to their thankful opponents — often via an interception.
The defense wasn’t as strong as season’s prior and Joe Flacco lacked support all season from both the O-line and the receivers. To further complicate things, the rushing game was at times simply non-existent.
If the fans found it frustrating, then one can only image how Flacco must have felt.
The season record finished 8-8 and in reality, they were just one game away from more post-season action… However that itself sums up a season where the team looked so close, yet at the same time looked so far away.
From a statistical viewpoint, here’s a brief summary:
Joe Flacco – 362/614 (59%), 3,912 yards, 19 TD, 22 INT
Corey Graham – 4
James Ihedigbo – 3
Daryl Smith – 3
Justin Tucker – 38/41 FG, 26/26 XP, 61-yards LONG
Sam Koch – 90 punts, 4138 yards, 69-yard LONG
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