With comeback win, Ravens avoid crisis…for now

November 01, 2011 | Peter Dilutis

While I was watching Philip Rivers and the Chargers screw up a kneel down in the fourth quarter of Monday Night Football, I made a comment to a friend that went something like this: “Imagine Baltimore sports talk radio if Flacco did something like that.”

I can only imagine.

Here’s another scenario to ponder. Imagine if the Ravens would have lost on Sunday. Just think about it for a minute.

Cam Cameron would literally be the most hated man in town. The Tyrod Taylor chants that some illogical, unintelligent fans started on Sunday would have escalated throughout the week. The “Harbaugh is nothing but a special teams coach” notion would have come back to the airwaves.

And that’s before we even start thinking about what the players, specifically the defensive guys, would have spouted off following another horrific offensive performance.

Seriously, if Terrell Suggs can’t keep his mouth shut after one bad game by the offense, think about how his post-game interview would have gone had the Ravens fell from 4-1 to 4-3 pretty much solely due to the play of the offense.

Imagine what Ray Lewis would have said after the game had he not had the foresight to duck out before the media arrived for the second week in a row.

A loss on Sunday would have been a complete disaster. In a city where sports fans don’t normally agree on much, I think we all can agree that it would have gotten very ugly around here had the Ravens fell to Arizona.

So it’s a good thing the Ravens won. After all, they’re 5-2. Their play in September and October has allowed them to play in perhaps the biggest game of the 2011 NFL season Sunday night at Pittsburgh.

Sure, John Harbaugh would be the first to say that he wishes the Ravens were 7-0. But if you got him alone and he was being totally honest, I have to believe he would have jumped at the chance to be 5-2 at this point in the season.

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