If we get there, it's going to be tough to beat anyone. If we can't beat the Charlie Batch, CHARLIE BATCH, led Steelers AT HOME to clinch a playoff spot, how do we beat any of the current teams in line for a playoff spot?
Answer - we don't.
If we can't beat the Rams, the 4-6 Rams, how do we beat any of the current teams in line for a playoff spot?
If we can't beat the Browns, the 2-8 Browns, how do we beat any of the current teams in line for a playoff spot?
If we can't beat the Seahawks, led by a rookie QB at home, how do we beat any of the current teams in line for a playoff spot?
Etc., etc., etc....
In 2010 the Packers were 8-4. They would go 2-2 in their final 4 games.
Does anyone remember those regular seasons? Does it even matter? It's what they did in the playoffs that counts and both won 4 games there and became Champions. That's the burnout so many are feeling. We're all just waiting for when it really counts because we expect to in title contention every year.
I have said this before, and I don't mean any disrespect to anyone in particular, and it applies to me as well, but we have a very spoiled fanbase. In a few years, we could be saying, "Hey, remember when we used to have meaningful games in December?"Quote:
That's the burnout so many are feeling. We're all just waiting for when it really counts because we expect to in title contention every year.
I agree with the OP 100%. I think part of the reason is; as Ravens fans we have had extreme highs and extreme lows before Harbaugh and crew got here. Now we have a decent QB and WRs and we made it to the playoffs 4 times. Over the past few years we've had high expectations and we have absorbed some very painful loses in the playoffs. Those kind of loses change a sports fan. First it was PITT in the AFC Championship, then it was the terrible loss to PITT in the Divisional round. Then last year topped it all. Call it burnout, call it whatever you want... but I don't care as much anymore.
Look. Admit it. This team is lucky to have the record it has. Lots of fortuitous breaks this year. I get frustrated with the fans who don't like it when you criticize the team after a win. "A win is a win" they say. So when Charlie Batch was picking them apart last night, I gotta admit a side of me was kind of glad the Ravens were being exposed for what they are...a decent team that had a rabbit's foot with them this year. They are not a Super Bowl caliber team. Not even close. My frustration was vented yesterday when Batch overthrew the receiver in the endzone, I literally screamed at the TV for the Ravens ineptitude and the fact that they were lucky once again. Absolutely no pass rush. Pittsburgh receivers running free over the middle. Flacco's inconsistency. Boldin and Smith dropping balls. The STUPID Harbaugh challenge. After I vented, I said the heck with it, I'm not going to get so upset over an overrated team with an overrated quarterback. The season will not end with a Super Bowl appearance and I wouldn't be surprised if we lose three of the next four. Yeah, I guess I'm finally burned out too.
When you go out with the mindset to keep it close, just don't lose it. You're eventually going to run across someone who plays harder, coaches better or wants it more. This week they had at least 2 of the 3, maybe all 3.
In the playoffs, if they go out an play keep it close don't do anything to cost us the game approach, it will certainly do that. It almost cost us a game against the Texans with a rookie QB last year, and IMO it's what got us behind in the New England game early.
I had a mini stroke yesterday, but I think it's time to say fuck it. As pointed out, we've seen this story before. I too have come to hate Harbs, because of Cam. Harbs needs to grab Cam by the shorthairs and get him to get his act together. Hasn't/won't happen, so I'm pretty much over Harbs. Then covers the shit up during his presser.