A Detroit Obstacle More Daunting Than Stafford or Johnson?

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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…

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12 Raves on “A Detroit Obstacle More Daunting Than Stafford or Johnson?

  1. Anonymous on said:

    Really don’t know how to handicap this game as the Lions are as enigmatic as the Ravens. Stafford runs hot and cold and has trouble protecting the ball at times and we seem to ALWAYS struggle on the road EXCEPT in the playoffs! So……since this is a “playoff” game for the Ravens, I’m putting on my purple “shades” a picking the Ravens to win………

  2. JerryB on said:

    Tough to handicap this game because these teams are almost mirror images of each other, both being enigmatic. The Ravens ALWAYS struggle on the road except in postseason. So, this being a “playoff” game of sorts for the Ravens, I’m donning my purple “shades” and picking them in a very close one…..

  3. ravensean509@gmail.com on said:

    It’s funny, i like the newer refs. Alberto Riveron(?) seems pretty good. Cheffers makes my top 4 worst, being consistently bad, a ton of flags (etc) along with Jeff Tripplette and the two walts, Walt Coleman and Walt Anderson. Basically, a lot of the long term refs, minus hochuli basically suck. Glad for the info and dissapointed to hear it. Hopefully the NFL will hire full time refs and phase out the lames.

  4. TheChuck on said:

    While it was BJ Ward who got ejected, I believe that it was Ed Reed, who made contact with the official. However, the referee mistook Ward for Reed.

  5. Ravcolt on said:

    After the refs handed the Ravens the last game on a platter I have a feeling their luck may turn for the worse on MNF. I think we will need many points.

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