Raven Fans Bare Another Scare; But in the End Ravens are AFC North Champs

January 02, 2012 | Marty Mossa

I must admit, even with a 17-3 halftime lead over the Bengals yesterday, I didn’t feel too secure. Everyone calls me negative, and maybe I am. But when the Bengals scored ten unanswered points and made it 17-13 in the fourth quarter, the negative vibes were pouring out of my mouth like the flood gates at the Conowingo Dam.

It certainly looked like a rebroadcast of the Pittsburgh playoff game of a year ago; where the Ravens went into the locker room at halftime up 21-7. They were outscored 24-3 in the second half and lost 31-24. With the Raven’s inability to put teams away this year, who could blame me or anyone else for allowing these negative feelings to spew out of the mouth?

When Ray Rice scored with 5 and change left in regulation to put us up by eleven, I felt better, but not secure. It wasn’t until the very last play of the game (Dalton’s incomplete pass) that allowed me to plaster a smile on my face.

The Ravens are a victim of their own success. If this was the first time in 16 seasons we qualified for the playoffs, I’d be doing cartwheels and running through the streets of Baltimore naked. (Not a pretty site.) In their 16 years the Ravens have made the playoffs 8 times, have three division titles, two ACF Championship games, and course one Super Bowl win. But it’s like the students who is smart but doesn’t make good grades; you expect more.

I’m spoiled now, I expect more out of this Ravens team. I wasn’t just happy with a playoff spot; I wanted the division, a bye, and a chance to play in the AFC title game. I doubt very much if any of you the faithful out there are any different than me.

While the Ravens rest and heal their wounds, we can sit back and watch the wildcard round next week. The 4:30 game next week has Cincinnati going to Houston. Houston is a favored by 3. Detroit goes to New Orleans for the 8pm game. The Saints are 10.5 point favorites. Next Sunday, the G men of New York will host Atlanta. New York is favored by 3. Finally the 4:30 game has Pittsburgh visiting Tebow land. The Steelers are 8 point favorites in Denver.

I think the Steelers and Bengals will both win. If that is the case, the Steelers will come here in two weeks, and the Bengals will visit New England.

127-123-6 against the spread, .508 average, ok I won’t become rich if I played for real, but the Orioles would love to have a .508 winning percentage. That would be 82 wins.