Unfortunately the Ravens season has come to an end. Here are my thoughts on Baltimore’s 20-3 loss to Indianapolis in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs.
- Don’t ask what went wrong in Indy – Instead ask what went right in New England. At the end of the day Baltimore performed like an average team against a far better team. Their weaknesses were exposed and they were defeated head on. With that said, fans shouldn’t wonder why the Ravens played so poorly against the Colts. Instead they should be impressed with the punishment they put on the Patriots the previous week.
- Good game plan, bad game plan – Indianapolis knew that Baltimore was going to stop the big play, so they beat Baltimore in the middle of the field. Domonique Foxworth looked like the Domonique Foxworth from earlier in the season. He got torched left and right. Worst of all their offensive game plan (run, run, run) was nothing short of poor.
- I was wrong about Bart, Jim, and Rex – I guess this bullet point has more to do with the Jets 17-14 defeat over San Diego than Baltimore’s loss on Saturday, but I’ll run with it. Maybe the Ravens should have given Bart Scott Ray Lewis‘ deal, given Jim Leonhard some of Domonique Foxworth’s money, or maybe even given Rex Ryan the head coaching job. Maybe the last one is a stretch. But I think Baltimore misses these three guys more than we imagined.
- This team will look fundamentally different in 2010 – Ed Reed announced he’s 50-50 on returning next season, Derrick Mason is 60-40, and Baltimore has a whole slew of free agents including every wide receiver, Le’Ron McClain, and vital parts of the defense.
- It hurts seeing Stover in blue and white – Matt drained a 44 yarder and was 2 for 2. It hurts watching Stover win with Indy.