Now that we have our New Year’s resolutions for Orioles fans, it’s time to shift our attention across the street to M&T Bank Stadium.

Here are my three resolutions for Baltimore Ravens fans in 2013.

1. Hold This Team To A Higher Standard

When did Baltimore become satisfied with “playoff appearances”? Let’s all stop bragging about how many consecutive seasons the Ravens have been one of the top six AFC teams and let’s start expecting another Lombardi Trophy.

Sure, it starts with making the playoffs, but fans shouldn’t be using the Ravens streak of postseason trips as bragging rights. You brag about rings, not missed chances to get them. The goal shouldn’t be to make it to January, it should be to be the last team standing.

2. Enjoy Ray Lewis’ Remaining Time

Ray Lewis’ career is coming to a close. Sunday could be his last home game of his Hall of Fame career. Even though Lewis isn’t the same guy he was five years ago, enjoy watching one of the best (if not the best) linebackers of all-time.

If you’re lucky enough to be at M&T Bank Stadium this weekend, keep a watchful eye on number 52.

3. Do Your Research

This one should go for any fan or any team, but I especially feel it’s true with the Ravens in Baltimore. Don’t believe everything you read or hear. Dig into the numbers, take note of the subtle remarks and listen to the quotes from the players.

Often times, we are given a very positive spin of what goes on in the world of football here in Charm City. There is much to be happy about, but make sure you’re making your own opinions, not being told how think.

Zach Wilt is the Founding Editor of and host of the BSR Podcast. You can follow him on Twitter @zamwi or send him an email: