Sunday, November 08, 2009

Ravens playoff chances fade away

Let’s all just admit it…the Ravens are not a playoff caliber team. They just can’t beat a good quarterback. Sure Philip Rivers qualifies as a good QB that the Ravens beat but did they really beat him? How many of you breathed a big sigh of relief when Rivers handed off to Sproles on that fourth down play? Thank you very much Mr. Dead Man Walking, aka Norv Turner.

The Ravens are now 4-4 having dropped 4 of their last 5 games. Ahead on the schedule are Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger twice. Is there any rational reason for you to believe that the Ravens can win even one of those games?

I don’t think so…

Today I chased loved ones out of my living room with bowling alley words that would make Chris Rock blush. By halftime I had pretty much given up on them.

Sure, some of you will call me a quitter, a hater – maybe even a front-runner. Yet as that game played out, it grew increasingly apparent that the Ravens dominating win against the Broncos was a fraud. Yes they deserved that win but the daring, attacking, organized chaos-like approach had more to do with their lack of respect for Kyle Orton than a rekindling of their traditional style of defensive play. Today they went back to a soft approach – at least in the first half and they fell too far behind particularly when the Bengals defensive line was kicking the living daylights out of the Ravens’ vaunted O-Line.

The Bengals showed up…the Ravens didn’t and they hopefully are completely embarrassed.

The Bengals might show up in the post season…the Ravens won’t.

9-7 won’t cut it for the playoffs – assuming the Ravens win that many.

That’s just the way I see it right now.

Hopefully I’m wrong…


Jerry B said...

Quitter? Nah! Realist, perhaps, but you're no quitter, TL. In fact, I echo your sentiments. This team shows signs of poor coaching, i.e., penalties totaling close to 100 yards per game; inability to play solid fundamental football as in blocking, tackling, passing and receiving; and inability to pressure the passer. At one point early in the 1st quarter, with Bengals' ball on the Ravens' 5 yard line, the Ravens dropped 8 in coverage, including Justin Bannan, giving up an easy TD pass! Sorry, but Greg Mattison does not understand pass defense! Steve Hauschka? Not ready for "prime time", which has to be another coaching mistake. I could go on, but the bottom line is that this team doesn't look or play like a playoff team and I, too, hope I'm wrong.....