Perhaps we’ve gotten spoiled. The Baltimore Ravens seem to be heading towards the postseason for the fifth consecutive year and for the first time since their arrival from Cleveland in 1996, fans in Charm City appeared to be very melancholy about their team.
We discussed this odd phenomenon on the BSR Podcast before the Ravens took the field on Sunday (around 1:08:20) and came to the conclusion that the bandwagon has likely gotten light due to the fact that fans didn’t believe this was a Super Bowl caliber team. The season-ending injuries of Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb will do that, I suppose.
I’m not sure if beating the Raiders by 35 points changes that opinion, but the fact is that the Ravens have only ever been 7-2 one other time in franchise history. And oh by the way, they put up more points than any other NFL team has in a single week this season.
Do you believe yet?
Joe Flacco, who’s downward spiral in a contract year had everyone questioning his future, threw for 341 yards and three touchdowns and led the offense to a franchise high points total.
The team clicked on special teams, an area they struggled in during their matchup last week against the Browns. They’re currently facing their toughest stretch of schedule (vs. Steelers, at Chargers, at Steelers) and now they approach it with arguably one of the biggest statement wins in the Harbaugh/Flacco regular season era.
Lewis and Webb’s injuries certainly changed Baltimore’s expectations of the 2012-2013 season. Perhaps fans did jump off the bandwagon, but if the Ravens remain hot at the right time (like — right now) there’s no telling who can stop this team.