Here we go again.
The Ravens, right out of the box, get no respect.
The Ravens are 9-point underdogs to the Denver Broncos for the opening game of the NFL season. Defending champs? So what. Reigning Super Bowl MVP at quarterback? Who cares. It’s Peyton Manning!
Well, excuse me for not genuflecting at the altar of Peyton. Look, I understand that Peyton is a great regular season QB. He is, in fact, one of the best to ever play the game. But let’s be real, what he is not, is a clutch QB. (I know he won a Super Bowl. He beat Rex Grossman. That doesn’t count.) Be honest, if your life was on the line and you had to pick a QB to win a game for you, would you pick Peyton?
I know that’s a ridiculous hypothetical. I’m trying to make a point here. The point is that Peyton Manning is not some unbeatable, mythical beast who should always get the benefit of the doubt. At some point, people need to take a look beyond the stats and realize that the guy consistently comes up small in big games. This brings me to my real point: the continued lack of respect for Joe Flacco.
I’m not saying that Joe Flacco is better than Peyton Manning. But he just keeps getting better in the post season, which is what matters in my book. Who cares how many 13-3, 4500 passing yard seasons you have if you keep losing your first or second playoff game? Flacco’s post season for the ages last year should earn him some respect. Instead, his team, again, coming off of a Super Bowl win, is installed as 9-point underdogs in the season opener?
I guess he still has something to prove. I realize that the opening game doesn’t really mean anything in the grand scheme of the season. I understand that everybody loves Peyton, and that he is, in fact, still playing at a very high level, and that this is a regular season game, which is where he is especially great. And I also realize that a lot can happen in the six weeks between now and opening night. But come on, nine points? That is insulting and ridiculous.
Let’s see how the Ravens respond to this disrespect