Big Win Puts Ravens in Driver’s Seat

November 20, 2011 | Marty Mossa

The Baltimore Ravens advanced to a 7-3 record today by defeating the Cincinnati Bengals by a score of 31-24. Like all Raven fans, I was on the edge of my seat until Joe Flacco knelt to ice the game. The Ravens built a 31-14 lead early in the fourth quarter. But in true Raven fashion, they allowed the Bengals back into the game only to come up short on 4th and goal as time ran out.

Flacco threw for 270 yards with one pick. Ray Rice ran for 104 on 20 carries. Bengal’s QB Andy Dalton was 24/36 for 370 yards and three picks. The Ravens not only hold the lead in the AFC North, but also are the number one seed in the AFC.

Forgive me folks if I sound spoiled or ungrateful, but I’m not impressed. The Ravens’ two loses against Jax and Seattle has soured me. Today up by 17 point we had the opportunity to put the game away on several occasions, but kept allowing the Bengals to stay in it. I can’t believe I’m writing this. 18 years ago when the NFL screwed us out of a team, I would have given my first born to have football return to Baltimore. When it did in 1996, I was just happy to have a team. When we make the playoffs, I’m happy. But I want more.

I’m tired of losing the division to the sewer scum in Pittsburgh. How many opportunities did we have to not only win the division last year, but also win the conference out right? This year is the same. Had we taken care of business last week in Seattle, and a few weeks ago in Jacksonville, the Ravens would be two full games up on the Steelers, and have a comfortable spot on top in the AFC. The Ravens have put themselves in this position.

As the old clique goes, we have destiny in our hands. But in order to win the division and take the top seed in the conference, we need to pretty much win out. Quite frankly I don’t think we’re good enough to do that. I love the Ravens, but I call them as I see them. The Steelers have a rather soft schedule left. They have two left with the Browns, at home with Bengals. They go to KC to play the Chiefs next Sunday Night. The Steelers also go to San Francisco, and have the Rams at home. We have the 49ers at home Thursday, go to Cincy, two with the Browns, and go to San Diego. I ask you, who has the tougher schedule? I think we do.

79-73-3 against the spread