Houston - W (We load he box, stop Foster, while Flacco gives un early comfortable lead).
Browns - W (We dominate them in their stadium as we usually do. 'Nuff said.)
Oakland - W (Shoot out with Tucker kicking last second FG in close-than-expected game).
Pittsburgh - A high-scoring game the Ravens lose because Suggs, while dominant against the run, has't recovered his explosiveness as a pass rusher.)
S.D. - W. This team got worse since the last time we played them, and they've not really done anything.
Pittsburgh - Win, in blowout fashion.
Redskins - W. Close win, although RGIII lights our defense up with his legs.
Broncos - W. We jump out to an early lead, Manning leads another comeback, only to have it fall short on an (ironic) Willis McGahee fumble.
Giants - W. Ray Rice takes over this game, going 22/175, 2 TDs, 5 rec/83 yards.
Bengals - Loss. Starters rested, Bengals still fighting for WC spot.
And for that matter, why does anyone think San Diego will beat us? If we are looking at teams and how they've been playing(including the Ravens), I don't get it.
And everyone is ready to hand Houston the game this week too. Hello, they got blown out by the Packers at home. Have the Ravens been blown out this year even just once????? (for the record I am still picking Houston in this game, but it's no where near the mortal lock some would have you believe).
I have a question for you Redskins. If we beat the Texans this week, then what would your prediction be?
We? What's with the douche bag name if you're a Ravens fan?
But if it were another win where we give up 500 yds and only possess the ball for 20 min... then I would stand by my poor prediction for the remainder of the season.... although I guess it would probably be 9-7, since they got a win in a game where I predicted a loss.
Our pass rush remains a concern. Webb is a definate loss.
But why does everyone think there will be a dropoff in the LB corp with Lewis down? The Ravens defense played admirably the last time he went down, and dare I say it, better and more athletically with out him.
PS: as scary as Arian Foster is, Houstons WRs have been inconsistent and their offensive and defensive lines are both in shambles. I think the Ravens have a fighters chance at the end if Flacco, Rice and and co. can be efficient with their posessions throughout the game. That's really all you can ask for on the road, against a quality opponent.
I know I'm counted among the resident boo birds, but funny thing--I feel curiously upbeat about the rest of the season. Look at it this way:
The defense is now missing its first-ballot-HOF field general, the reigning DPOY, and one of the top young CBs in the league.
The offense is probably going to need to score points in bunches to keep the team in games, & while it has the hosses to do it, it has to do it with an OL consisting of 2 guys still learning their positions (Oher & KO) and 2 old guys who are an injury away from retirement.
I think we can all agree that the team is walking the cliff's edge right now: One more major injury (or, I hate to say it, Sizzle not making it back to playing condition this year) & they could easily go into freefall (remember 2007). And the so-called law of averages affords no protection--the chances of someone else getting hurt are pretty much the same as they were last Sunday morning.
They're 5-1. Tied for the best record in the AFC, with a 2 game lead in the division. Even if they lose at Houston they will still go into the bye week a game ahead of one divisional rival and 2 or more games ahead of the others, and in line for the #2 seed.
IOW, they're playing with house money right now. They've suffered terrible adversity, and the "smart money" has already written the season off. But there is time to regroup, refigure, rededicate, while staying (mathematically at least) in the hunt for the postseason.Quote:
After Week 9--halfway through the season--the Ravens will still be no worse than tied for the top of the AFC North.
Can they do it? Can the underachievers elevate their games? Can real leaders step forward & guide them to do whatever it takes to win? Can the coaches get past any remaining preconceived notions & embrace whatever works??
I think the Ravens can still make it to the dance--10-6 ought to do it, & going 5-5 the rest of the way is a real possibility. (I don't know why I think that, but I just don't believe Harbaugh will allow a 2007-like collapse.) And then anything can happen. (And yeah, you might construe that as "whistling past the graveyard"--but in the current state of affairs, what's the alternative?)
Even if this season goes down the tubes, it won't be lost: We will learn so much more about what sort of team this is, what sort of players they have (& what sort they need to find), & how to reinvent it going forward.
For Ravens fans who can accept the adversity & put their disappointment behind them, it's gonna be a helluvan interesting ride.