Ravens: Time to get serious…

November 30, 2008 | Drew Forrester

Patsy time is over.

It’s a 4-week sprint to the finish for the Ravens, who remain in prime contention for a playoff spot after today’s 34-3 laugher in Cincinnati.

I never thought winning could be so frigging boring. 

But, it’s way better than losing, even if a 27-3 lead and a listless 4th quarter force you to throw in Training Day to liven up your afternoon.

A half-hearted effort from the Bengals combined with a Ravens team that clearly came into the game refusing to let Cincinnati ruin their season was the perfect recipe for a blow-out today, as Baltimore used another efficient performance from Joe Flacco and a breakout game from Mark Clayton to win for the 6th time in 7 games.  Clayton threw for a TD, caught a 70-yarder for a TD and was far more effective throwing the ball than Bengals’ QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.  This just in: there’s no truth to the rumor that Harvard took back Fitzpatrick’s varsity letter after that wretched display today.

So play-time is over for the Ravens now.  Real teams lurk on the horizon, starting with next Sunday when the Redskins come to town after another home choke-job today at FedEx field.  Washington (7-5) will be playing for their playoff lives next Sunday night on national TV.  I highly doubt they’ll roll over and die the way the Bengals did today.  

For the Ravens, this is all you can ask for: a December filled with promise, high expectations and three home games to help fulfill those post-season needs.  

If Baltimore doesn’t make the playoffs, they’ll have no one to blame but themselves.  

It’s all there for the taking now.

But the stakes are higher and the teams are better.

One thing for sure.  It will be a lot of fun between now and Christmas.  

It almost makes you forget about the baseball team.

Come to think of it, it does make you forget about them.