The one thing we all know at this point is the Ravens are 9-2 and that is the only stat that really matters. The offense looks terrible on the road and fans call for Cam Cameron’s head on a regular basis. The Quarterback shows flashes of greatness, but is more likely to be listed in the Hall of Pretty Good when his career ends. The offensive line is in shambles, and Ray Rice is having a somewhat of a down year.
The defense has been at its worse, maybe since the team moved to Baltimore. Ray Lewis has been out for an extended period of time. The Defensive Player of the Year spent the first half of the season on the injury report and has yet to get his legs underneath him. Haloti Ngata has played on one leg all season, while Ed Reed is a shell of his former self. No to mention the loss of key contributors, like Lardarius Webb to injury or Jarrett Johnson to free agency.
At no point can this team be satisfied with their performance each and every week but somehow this team can be satisfied with the result. This team is 9-2 and that is really the only stat that matters.
So how does mediocre performances, become one of the top teams in the league. There are factors that play its parts, especially looking at their recent schedule. But the old adage, or whatever you want to call, it comes into play here; you are what your record says you are. The Ravens are one of the best teams in the league.
There are two things that come to mind that can even explain what has happened here in Baltimore. The Head Coach deserves a great amount of credit for a team that has fought and scrapped for wins. The players have shown not only a veteran savvy, but a great sense of resolve to continue to finish games, even when they are not at their best.
The Ravens may not be on anyone’s top 5 list or power rankings but they are the scariest team in the league because of games like Sunday in San Diego. They had no right to win that game but as long as teams let them hang in, the more likely they will find a victory. That is the true sign of not only a good, but a great team. With the Steelers faltering as of late, the next real test is when Peyton Manning comes to town, playing possibly for a first round bye.
Sit back; enjoy the ride, because with victories like that, this team is poised to break some other teams’ hearts for the rest of the year.