They Are Who They Are…

October 20, 2008 |

The Baltimore Ravens have played six games this year. They’ve beaten three teams who probably aren’t going to the play-offs this year in the Cincinatti Bengals, Cleveland Browns, and the Miami Dolphins.

They lost to three teams who are probably going to the play-offs in the Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans and maybe the Indy Colts, but that one remains to be seen.

At this point, it’s clear to see that the Ravens aren’t the four-win team many thought they’d be. I’m not sure it’s safe to say they’re play-off contenders yet either. What we can say about the Ravens is that they are a lot more competitive than they were last year. We can say this team does not seem to want to “tank” it either.

At 3-3, they are still in a position to play in some “meaningful” games in November. If you look at their schedule, they’ll have an opportunity to measure themselves up against some of the better teams in the League. That’s exactly what you want from this team.

In a League of, “You never know,” this tough schedule is just what the doctor ordered for a team in search of themselves.

This is what we do know. We’re not the Bengals or the Browns, but we’re not Pittsburgh either. Many said, before the season began, that we weren’t the Chargers. Looking at their sub .500 record, it’s a good thing.

This NFL is a very strange League. The teams we thought would run away and hide are in desperate need of some positive momentum. I’m having fun examining this team week by week and just seeing what happens next.

Again, we’re at a crossroads, and yesterday was a huge test. This team lined up and smacked Miami right in the face. That’s what John Harbaugh needed to see, and they delivered. Next…