Let’s face it: outside of Baltimore, not too many people like the Ravens.
If you’ve ever attempted to discuss football outside of Maryland, the general consensus is the Joe Flacco is garbage and Ray Lewis should be in prison.
Ravens fans, including myself, frequently complain about the lack of national media attention the Ravens receive, but after another subpar performance – despite a win – can you blame them?
It’s no secret that the Ravens offense struggles in the overwhelming majority of their primetime games. In a pass-happy, high-scoring league, Cam Cameron and the Ravens continue to paint a picture that looks like Susan Boyle.
Even the most casual football fans are left scratching their heads at the play calling.
The infusion of fantasy football has more people tuning into games than ever before. While most people can appreciate big hits and the utter distaste that Baltimore and Pittsburgh have for one another, people want to see scoring.
If the game is on the road, the Ravens don’t do that too often.
How can any common football fan be excited for the Ravens’ zero-touchdown performance?
Ray Rice only rushed for 40 yards, Flacco passed for 164 yards and Anquan Boldin led the team with 79 yards receiving. Only punt returner Jacoby Jones found his way into the end zone.
A week after hanging 55 points on the Oakland Raiders, everyone expected more. The victory aside, the play of the offense is alarming, as it once again it looks like they failed to wake up from their flight out of BWI.
Regardless of the complaints, the Ravens are 8-2 and have a two-game lead in the AFC North.
After last night’s performance, things will remain status-quo. Flacco will be ripped by the national media and the bias will be shown as they’ll hardly make mention of the five interceptions thrown by his draft classmate Matt Ryan.
Even though you may not like it, can you really blame someone outside of Baltimore for not liking your team? Aside from direct ties to the city, what has the team done nationally to attract a larger fan base?
If you’re a fan of the Ravens, you likely don’t care what anyone else thinks about your team but you also have to understand why the national prospective is the way it is.
Despite leaving Heinz Field with a victory, last night was perfect proof of that.
The only way to garner more national attention is to keep advancing through the season. With an 8-2 record, the Ravens are well on their way to being showcased more frequently in front of the nation.
They’ll have more chances to show what they are really capable of. However, if they again fall flat on their faces offensively, the reputation will only solidify further.