5 Things for Ravens Fans To Be Thankful For

Mike Shanahan & the Washington Redskins

Who doesn’t love leftovers on Thanksgiving? Well Mike Shanahan and the Washington Redskins love leftovers courtesy of your Baltimore Ravens.

During his short stay in D.C., the failure of former Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff validated the decision to keep rookie kicker Justin Tucker over the former Pro-Bowl placekicker.

Cundiff isn’t the first Ravens’ leftover that the Redskins have pulled from the Ravens refrigerator in an attempt to rejuvenate a career. We’re still awaiting a success story.

It seems appropriate that we thank Shanahan, Dan Snyder and the rest of the decision makers in the Suburban Maryland Redskins organization for taking our leftovers so we in Charm City can continually feast on the main course.

Fellow Ravens Fans

Winners of 15-consecutive games at home, ESPN recently named M&T Bank Stadium the best home field advantage in the NFL.

The stadium – or the streak – wouldn’t be anything without the fans.

Eight times each season (I refuse to acknowledge the preseason), parking lots are packed with Thanksgiving style feasts, where friends, family and complete strangers share laughs and cocktails. For fans, tailgates are the equivalent of stretching for players before a game.

High-fiving complete strangers or even hugging them for that matter – is completely acceptable and common as long as that person is decked out in purple from head to toe.

It’s people like that who make the experience at M&T Bank Stadium the best in the NFL and it translates into the hostile environment that fans and the Ravens organization have learned to love.

Injury Bug’s Appetite

You’re probably thinking to yourself, “Why are you thankful for the injury bug?” It’s a fair question.

Injuries are a part of football and a byproduct of the hard-hitting game we cherish.

You’ll be hard pressed to ever find a team lose a vital member throughout the season and it’s obvious the Ravens are no exception. For the Ravens, the bug has taken a bite out of some of their best players. But it could be worse.

The injury bug has only had an appetizer in Baltimore compared to a full-fledged stomach-busting feast in Pittsburgh. The Ravens injury concerns are serious but nowhere near what the Pittsburgh Steelers are enduring.

The Ravens haven’t lost a game to injuries this season (the Texans game would have been a route even with Lardarius Webb and Ray Lewis) but injuries sure have helped them. Look no further than last week when many notable – and impactful – players for the Steelers were watching from the sidelines.

Torrey Smith’s Resiliency

No one will forget the courage Torrey Smith displayed the same evening upon hearing the news on the passing of his brother. Smith didn’t have to play; no one would have faulted him for staying in Virginia with his family and grieving.

His pivotal two-touchdown performance against the New England Patriots was one of the biggest single displays of character that any player has ever shown on the football field.

You couldn’t help but feel for such a well-liked member of the Ravens locker room and share in his joy in the midst of sadness.

Jacoby Jones

A bigger addition than most anticipated upon the start of the season, Jacoby Jones is accountable for two of the Ravens victories on his own.

Two of his three return touchdowns have been game changers and swung the momentum in close games that could have resulted in losses for the Ravens.Many find great joy over his end zone antics upon finding the end zone but think about how much more joy you’re feeling this Thanksgiving knowing the Ravens are 8-2 instead of 6-4, a realistic record for the Ravens if Jones wasn’t on the team.

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Kris - or "Goob" as he's widely known - has turned an obsession into a career. As a media member by day and super fan by night, he reports from the Under Armour Performance Center twice per week and brings Ravens news from a fan's perspective. His popular YouTube series...more

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