Throughout a 16-game NFL season, a few contests along the way pop up and offer everyone a chance to see where their team ranks on the “real meter”.
Tonight in Atlanta, the Ravens get one of those games.
I refer to them as “under the hood” games, where we get to see just how powerful that engine really is.
You can call this game whatever you want, but I look at this one in Atlanta as the Ravens best opportunity to show they’re absolutely a legitimate championship contender. Baltimore’s best win of the year was the 17-14 squeaker in Pittsburgh back in week #4, but we all know the dirty little secret about that one — the Steelers played the game without one of the best five quarterbacks in the league. In the aftermath of smack-talk, we didn’t say much about that in Baltimore, but we also know the truth deep down…the Ravens benefitted GREATLY from Pittsburgh having their version of Kyle Boller…Charlie Batch…at the helm.
Tonight, there won’t be any excuses from either side.
It’s Baltimore at 6-2 vs. Atlanta at 6-2. And yes, the game is on the road, but that’s what makes this such a great opportunity for the Ravens. If they win tonight, they’re for real. Message sent.
There’s not much else to say. Not for me, anyway. I can break it down three ways from Sunday and tell you HOW I think the Ravens COULD win and what the Ravens need to do to limit Atlanta’s offense, but all of that doesn’t mean anything when the ball gets kicked off at 8:20pm.
I’m just going to sit back and watch it.
And when the final whistle blows, if Baltimore wins, they’re for real.
If they lose, they’re just like most of the other teams in the league who would go in there and lose.
Tonight’s the night for the Ravens to separate themselves from those other teams.