Everyone around Baltimore takes pride in talking about how great of an advantage M&T Bank Stadium is for the Ravens. We all like to call ourselves passionate fans who live and die with the Purple and Black.
For the most part, Baltimore football fans deserve their props. Every Ravens game is sold out in minutes every single year, and the Ravens are historically one of the best home teams in the NFL. Clearly, the atmosphere at M&T Bank Stadium has a lot to do with that success.
That being said, for as great as Ravens fans are when things are going well, they tend to lose perspective very quickly when things are going even slightly awry.
Just as the players can have off days, so too can the fans, and Sunday was a perfect example of that.
The Ravens carried a 3-1 record into the game against Houston, with two of those three wins coming in dominating fashion over the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets, two teams pegged as top AFC contenders.
Most anyone who knows football will tell us that the Ravens are at worst a top five or so team in the NFL right now. In fact, this Ravens team very well may be the best Ravens team ever. There are only a handful of teams in the AFC that have a realistic shot to make the Super Bowl, and the Baltimore Ravens are clearly one of them.
This has been a special start to a potentially legendary season in Baltimore.
At the very least, this is a damn good football team that has gotten off to as good of start as could be expected.
Fast forward to Sunday afternoon. In the middle of the third quarter, Houston led the game 14-13. The Ravens had just gotten the ball back after watching Houston take the lead, and they went on to receive a delay of game penalty on third down and long.
Nothing major, right? I don’t know, ask the fans. The majority of the stadium booed the team after the delay of game penalty. Seriously.
Really? You’re going to boo this Ravens team down one point in the 3rd quarter? Are you kidding me?
Who exactly were you booing? Joe Flacco, the man who was 39-20 in his Ravens career heading into Sunday’s game?
The offensive line, who has come together very nicely after never playing a snap as a unit prior to the start of the regular season?
Ray Rice? Anquan Boldin?
I really want to know what the point of those boos were.
Are we so spoiled here in Charm City that we expect the Ravens to lead for 60 minutes of every game?
The Ravens went on to win the game 29-14. They didn’t allow another point after the Texans took that 14-13 lead. Baltimore beat a fellow first place team by 15 points.
Yet they had to be serenaded with boos in the process.
After all this team has accomplished so far this season, they had to look around in the stands Sunday in the midst of a close game against a first place team and watch all of their great, passionate, and loyal fans boo them as though they were down by 25 to Curtis Painter and the Colts.
Let’s gain some perspective here folks. This is a very special football team. They are extremely well coached. They don’t get into trouble off the field. They’re visible and active in the community.
Most importantly, they win. They win often.
Shame on you, Ravens fans, for not thinking about all of that before you created a boo festival in the 3rd quarter of the fifth game of the season that your team ended up winning to improve to 4-1.
Shame on you.