This is one occasion when almost all of you – even my critics – will be thrilled to read this:
I told you so.
I said it all week and made it my feature thought via blog-form here at WNST.net — Don’t ever bet against Ray, Reed & Co. when they go back down to Miami.
Baltimore drubbed the Dolphins, 27-9, and both Lewis and Reed anchored an airtight Ravens defense that must have Jeff Fisher and the Titans at least a little concerned heading into next Saturday’s big showdown in Nashville. Reed had a pair of interceptions including one for a touchdown and Trevor Pryce was a wrecking machine off the edge all afternoon. Miami’s Chad Pennington did his best Daniel Cabrera impersonation by throwing more balls than strikes and that Wildcat offense looked more like a Pussycat to me.
It got a little tense early in the 4th quarter when Miami scored to make it 20-9, then Ravens’ offensive Cam Cameron lost his smart-playbook on the bench and used the dumb-one for a series as Baltimore went 3-and-out and gave Miami life. The Dolphins advanced to the Baltimore 32 before a mix-up between Pennington and Ted Ginn resulted in a 19-yard loss and that was that…Miami’s hopes fizzled at that point.
Joe Flacco, as he has done just about all season, again outplayed his veteran counterpart. Flacco threw no picks – Pennington tossed four. You’re gonna win most of the time with those kind of numbers from your quarterback. And, you’ll lose just about every time when your QB plays like Pennington did today.
The Ravens are now officially “dangerous”. Heading to Tennessee with nothing to lose and most certainly an underdog, Baltimore will travel to Nashville brimming with confidence and ready to dispose of the Titans in the same fashion they did back in the 2000 playoffs (’01) when they knocked off Fisher’s team en route to the AFC title game in Oakland.
As a side note, here’s a funny story about today: Tell me this isn’t a sign from the Football Gods. I joined Glenn Clark at McAvoy’s for a 1pm gathering of Ravens’ fans in Parkville. I left my house at noon, ran an errand and stopped for 15 minutes to hit some golf balls at Parkville High School, about 300 yards from McAvoy’s. I grabbed my bag of balls, a club and my iPod. I hit the shuffle button…I have 1100 songs on my iPod. The first one randomly chosen to play in “shuffle”? The Dolphin’s Cry, by +Live+
I knew everything was going to be OK at that point.
So, on we go in this wild 2008 football season. We have trips for sale at WNST.net if you want to head to Nashville to watch it all in person next Saturday.
I’ll be there. I bought my ticket on Southwest last Sunday during that win over the Jaguars. That’s how sure I was that the Ravens were going to win in Miami today.
I told you so.
You NEVER, EVER bet against #52 when he’s going home.
And, in case you’re an optimist like me, you might want to check out Southwest.com right about now.
They have some GREAT fares on Baltimore to Tampa round trip tickets in late January…if you know what I mean.
I already bought mine.
You have to think ahead, my friends.
And, with this year’s edition of the Ravens, it’s wise if you do that.