This past week has sucked, but Ravens will be great again in ’12

January 29, 2012 | Peter Dilutis

Assuming health (just ask the Colts how much health can screw up an otherwise promising season), the Ravens are going to be elite again in 2012. They’ll be back in the tournament and we’ll be engulfed with purple in January of 2013 once again.

What’s left for the Ravens to accomplish on the way to a Super Bowl? Well, they really need to focus on getting the #1 seed next season. When the organization looks back on the New England game, most will realize that if that game is played in Baltimore, the Ravens would likely be headed to Indianapolis right about now.

There is such a fine line between the emotions of Patriots fans right now compared to Ravens fans. This feeling absolutely must be remembered in October when the Ravens play on the road against an inferior team. Those wins add up. They really do. That #1 seed is so important.

Much like the Lee Evans drop, the Ravens also had the top spot in the AFC in their grasp this season. Next season, they need to make sure they do not let that opportunity get away again.

The Ravens won the AFC North this season. The next step is securing home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. For those asking what more can the Ravens do to have a better shot at the Super Bowl, that is your answer.

I know this sucks. But we can’t lose perspective. This organization is too great and too deep to be knocked off course by a devastating loss.

There is so much to be excited about as a Ravens fan. The vast majority of a team that, for all intents and purposes, won the AFC Championship game will be returning in 2012.

And if you ask Ray Lewis, they’ll be coming back pissed off.

Just as I’ll bet on the Ravens organization, I’ll also bet on a pissed off Ray Lewis and Ravens team coming back to hunt in 2012.

And when they do reach their ultimate destination, we’ll all look back on this experience and understand why it all happened this way.

When Lee Mazzilli first came to Baltimore, he was asked about Alex Rodriguez joining the Yankees. Mazzilli’s response: “It’ll make it that much sweeter when we beat them.”

Well, when this current core of Ravens are hoisting the Lombardi Trophy, whether it be in 2013 in New Orleans or 2014 in New York City, going through the heartbreak of the past couple seasons will just make the moment that much sweeter.