The Baltimore Ravens have played two solid games and two so so games. They were a field goal shy of being 4-0, and a field goal shy of 2-2. They very well could be 4-0, 3-1, 2-2, or 1-3.
The Ravens play up for teams like division rival Bengals and ACF foes Patriots. Yet against the 0-3 Browns they escaped M&T Bank Stadium with a seven point victory. I cured myself of that last year when I’d sit and relax and watch the Ravens kick butt. The Tennessee, Jacksonville and Seattle games cured me of that. Had the Ravens beaten one of those scrubs last year, we would have hosted the AFC Championship game here last year and probably gone to the Super Bowl.
So what about this week? The 3-1 Ravens go to Arrow Head Stadium to face the 1-3 Chiefs. Kansas City beat New Orleans and lost to Atlanta, Buffalo ad San Diego. The Ravens are 6 point favorites, but I don’t expect them to cover.
You know how it goes; they will take a two possession lead and allow KC back into it. It will probably come down to the last play. I expect them to win though, but not by the comfortable margin we’d like. As usual, the Ravens will make us work for it.
After KC; it’s Dallas here Houston there and then the bye. I figure we need to go 2-1 over the course of the next three weeks. If we go into the bye 5-2, it will have been a successful first half.
Although the Ravens barely held on to beat the Brownies last week; they are only the second team out of six to play a Sunday Night and Thursday Night game back to back and win. Also they are the first team since the 1939 (football) Brooklyn Dodgers to play four games in 18 days. After looking at our schedule at the beginning of the year, I thought we had be to at least 2-2 after the first four games. We are 3-1. Not too bad.
Against the spread: 33-28-2. My 16 year old has a two game lead on me at 35-26-2. So much for following football for 43 years!!!!!!!