Despite Loss Ravens Still in Playoff Mix

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I love my Ravens and will cheer them on, even if they were 0-15. But today’s game was just another example of the struggles this team has. They have moments of greatness and then in the next moment, they will look just awful.

The Ravens have had 5 losses by a total of 17 points. They’d had 6 games decided by 3 points or less, and have lost 4 of them. In other years, they Ravens win the close games… not this year.

This team had some really nice drives in terrible weather and field conditions today, but they just couldn’t finish the job. Flacco’s turnovers were crucial as the Ravens were in control of the game at the time of each of the turnovers. Each turnover resulted in Chicago points.

We all thought that if the Ravens could run, today would be the day to show it, as the Bears have an awful run defense. The Ravens did well, and most of that was from great blocking by the offensive line. But when they needed it most, in the Red Zone in the 4th quarter, they just couldn’t get the job done.

At 4-6, and in a 3-way tie for 2nd place in the AFC North, the Ravens still are alive for the playoffs because after the Top 5 AFC teams, everyone is 5-5 or 4-6. That only helps the Ravens. They are struggling, but so is everyone else. With only the top 6 teams in the AFC making the playoffs, the Ravens will battle with the likes of Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Oakland, San Diego, and the Jets… none of which are on a roll.

With 4 home games left the Ravens could still squeak in the playoffs. But they will need to sweep their remaining home games as well as a road game at Cincinnati… which is a must-win.

It’s hard to believe, but as bad as this season has been… at 4-6, the Ravens are not out of it yet.

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7 Raves on “Despite Loss Ravens Still in Playoff Mix

  1. KEN on said:

    SAME OLD CRAP DIFFERENT WEEK, BOZO COACHING AND PLAYERS (FLACCO) NOT STEPPING UP, SICK OF IT. GOING TO START WATCHING SOMETHING ELSE ON SUNDAYS OR JUST STAY OUT ALL DAY.

  2. Lionel Mandrake on said:

    Mathematically they are not out of it, but that isn’t saying much. If the Broncos took over for us from here, sure we would have a good chance of making the playoffs.

    But that isn’t what we are talking about here. We are talking about a team that can lose to anyone, anyone at all, on the road, and can lose to good teams at home (Patriots). A team with an absolutely abysmal offense that is hard-pressed to score more than they allow in turnovers.

  3. Joe Polek on said:

    Ken… you can get off the bandwagon. Make room for the real fans. Seriously? You can rake my leaves if you need something to do.

  4. catgirl54 on said:

    One thing that was always said about Flacco was that he took care of the football. Now we can count on interceptions in every game. It’s almost as if he was Tony Romo!

    On the bright side, Ray Rice came back to life. Things need to be tightened up. It’s strange, because I thought we actually played better today than we have all season. This team can’t recover from a delay. Sad.

  5. joe d on said:

    Another game they gave away today. Flacco has to take better care of the ball. That 2nd interception near the end of the half was horrible. He threw it up for grabs because the receiver had no chance of coming down with it. In addition the play calling at the end of the game was sickening. First and goal at the 5 and you run Ray Rice off left guard twice. Why didn’t they just throw it 3 times. Ravens still have a shot at the playoffs because I think an 8-8 team gets the second wild card spot but in reality the Ravens aren’t a good team. When you lose 3 games to the likes of Jason Campbell, E.J Manuel and Josh McCown that says it all.

  6. Smoke on said:

    Turnovers- look at all the games we lost- Flacco is turning the ball over. This team instead of 4-6 could have been 8-2. It is what it is and I would be very surprised to see us make the playoffs- even if we did we are not going anywhere with our offense. Look forward to draft and off season, will be a really different offensive team next year- a lot of FA that are not worth paying. Will be interesting

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