It has been 8 years since the Ravens visited the Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, a day that was one of the most embarrassing in franchise history.
On that October 9 day, Terrell Suggs was ejected for going face-to-face with referee Mike Carey who claimed Suggs had “malice in his heart” and BJ Ward was ejected for making contact with an official.
Chris McAlister was flagged for tossing a football at a Lions’ player. Maake Kemoeatu flashed some obscene gestures towards the fans in Detroit while Motor City native Derrick Mason was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct after throwing the game ball in frustration towards the brick wall that lines Ford Field.
All-in-all the Ravens had 21 accepted penalties for 147 yards in a 35-17 loss to the Joey Harrington led Lions.
In my best Howard Cosell voice, “It was a complete and utter meltdown.”
This time around the Ravens will have to take on the likes of Matt Stafford, Ndamakong Suh and of course MegaTron, aka Calvin Johnson.
As if that wasn’t daunting enough for the likes of the Ravens secondary and Gino Gradkowski, the Ravens might also have to deal with another referee who could be as damaging to the team as Mike Carey was in 2005.
This week’s ref is Carl Cheffers and since 2011 the former Side Judge has flagged the home team just 44.2% of the time compared to a league average of 48.6%. Perhaps more alarming is over the last 3 seasons home teams have won on Cheffers’ watch 73.6% of the time compared to a league average of 54.9%.
And then there’s this…