FYI: I am a diehard Ravens fan. I remember how excited my dad was when Baltimore got a new team in 1996. I remember thinking, “This sport is weird. But we get to eat hot dogs and wear purple… ok I’ll play along.” Flash forward 15 years later… and the Baltimore Ravens have become a huge part of my life. Through good, bad, and nights like tonight.
Are they for real? No first downs in the ENTIRE first half. The only points go on the board as the game is almost over. And then they have a chance and Flacco throws an interception. Oh.My.Frikkin.God. I couldn’t even watch the last few minutes.
The Ravens are 7-8 all-time for Monday night games. This was the first Monday night game since 2007, when they lost to the Patriots by 3 points. They were the unanimous favorite going into the game, with most people picking them by at least 7 points. Was it too much to handle? Or is this a team that has always shown up for good teams and struggled with the bad ones? At least they avoided a shutout… that would have put me over the edge.
This loss puts Pittsburgh on top of the division. Baltimore has a chance for redemption next week, when they host the Cardinals at home. Arizona has a dismal record at 1-5, but Baltimore can’t write them off, or they will have a repeat performance of tonight. The Steelers are playing a tough game against the Patriots next week, so a loss for the Steelers and a win for Baltimore will put them back on top of the AFC north.
Before the game, Ray Lewis told a younger teammate,”Whatever opportunity you want to leave, whatever legacy you want to leave, these are the nights you leave it.” I hope for their sake as well as my own ego that they write this off as a learning experience and choose to leave a better legacy in next Sunday’s game.