THE MISSING COG FOUND?
The Ravens made a statement when they traded Anquan Boldin last offseason, and that statement was that they thought their receiving corps was going to be able to develop and make up for Boldin’s 2012 production. A lot of this production was supposed to come from emerging tight end Dennis Pitta. Then Pitta got hurt in training camp, and was originally believed to be done for the season and possibly his career.
“I remember when I got injured, I didn’t know if I was even going to be able to play football again, and so being able to stand here and talk about a victory and being part of that is special for me,” said Pitta.
It’s truly remarkable that less than five months from suffering the injury, Pitta was back on the field Sunday, and playing at a high level. Pitta finished the game second on the team in both receptions (6) and yards (48) and also added an impressive diving catch and later scored what looked to be the game-winning touchdown just before the two-minute warning on a 1-yard pass on 4th and 1. Flacco looked Pitta’s way often, especially on third and fourth downs.
When Pitta is in the lineup, Flacco looks more comfortable, and the Ravens offense is able to run more smoothly. As the Ravens look to make a serious run at the postseason, getting back one of Flacco’s favorite targets in the middle of the field is important. “He knows how to get open,” Flacco said of Pitta. ”He knows how to run routes and he catches the football. He means a lot.”
ARE RAVENS FANS NFL’s WORST?
Baltimore is home to the worst fans in football, at least according to Vikings superstar running back Adrian Peterson. After suffering a painful ankle injury and watching his team lose in the final seconds, Peterson had every right to be unhappy, and took to twitter to bash not just the officials working the game, but the Ravens fan base.
Wow talking about bad officiating & the worst fan base I’ve ever experience! They threw snow balls the entire 4q like lil kids. Smh
— Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) December 8, 2013
Peterson’s beef with the officials was primarily about a ruling in the first quarter that Toby Gerhart fumbled, when it seemed clear his knee was down before losing possession. It seemed like even the Ravens expected the ruling to be overturned, because they kept their defense on the field.
The attack on the Ravens fan base however, is presumably based completely on fans throwing snowballs. While any fan who threw a snowball at Peterson should have been taken out of the game, Peterson also needs to realize that as a visiting team player he is subject to some dislike from the home team’s fans. If fans have been drinking and are getting restless, it’s not surprising they started playing with the snow.
Terell Suggs, however, has a slightly different point of view about the Ravens fan base, he later tweeted “Ravens’ fans? BEST.FANS.”
JUST HOW CRAZY WAS IT?
After the Ravens defeated the Vikings 29-26 Sunday, Jacoby Jones explained how we all felt after the game, saying that it was impossible to get too emotional in the final two minutes, because it was just too confusing about whether the Ravens were going to win or lose.
Flacco went as far as to say the finish was even crazier than the famous “Mile High Miracle” game in Denver last January. While that may seem a little drastic at first, Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN) explains that this truly was one of the craziest finishes in NFL history. Consider that:
- There has never before been a game in NFL history with SIX lead changes in the 4th quarter.
- The five touchdowns in 2 minutes and 5 seconds was the quickest that five touchdowns have been scored in over 50 years… by almost 4 full minutes.
- The two teams combined for 36 total points in the final two and a half minutes of the game, and the previous high was 24 in a game back in 2004 between the Chiefs and Titans.
This win probability chart (which looks like a bad heart monitor) explains the rest.
BAD DAY FOR VIKINGS TURNS INTO BAD NIGHT
After the disheartening loss Sunday to the Ravens, where the Ravens scored with just four seconds remaining in the game, it was a pretty safe assumption that the Vikings would have liked to leave Baltimore and get away from the game as fast as possible.
Unfortunately for the Vikings however, the team plane was hit by a catering truck after the game, and they had to spend almost three hours longer in Baltimore waiting for a new plane to arrive as a result of the collision.
Vikings defensive end Chase Baker put it best when he tweeted, “apparently the catering truck ran into our plane… so we’re stuck here for three hours. Not the snow…the catering truck #areyoujoking?!”
After Adrian Peterson was hit by snowballs, and the entire team had to wait after being hit by the catering truck, it seems like a safe assumption that the Vikings won’t want to return to Baltimore any time soon.