Where will the Ravens be in January?

October 28, 2010 |

divisional opponents, tough AFC/NFC contenders and the defending Super Bowl Champions await this Ravens team over the final couple months …..

New Orleans Saints quarter back Drew Brees celebrates with his wife Brittany and son Baylen Robert after the Saints defeated the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 in Super Bowl XLIV at Sun Life Stadium in Miami on February 7, 2010. Brees was named MVP for the game. UPI/Rob Hobson

Anything can happen. Anything will happen. And, as past seasons have dictated, unexpected injuries and unanticipated in-game situations will have a substantial impact on how the remainder of this NFL season unfolds.

You can bet a rather disappointing team will get its act together and make a strong push over the season’s final couple months. Just consider the 2009 edition of the Tennessee Titans as a prime example.

Conversely, one or more of the high achieving teams from September and October will experience a rougher November and December. It happens every single season – simply look at last season’s downward spiral of the Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Heck, the unexpected has happened already …..

Did anyone really expect to see the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks near or at the top of their respective divisions with 4-2 records? At least one of these teams will tank over the remaining weeks, guaranteed.

At the same time did we foresee the struggles of the Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers? Nearly everyone picked San Francisco to dominate the NFC-West and the Vikings were a pre-season Super Bowl favorite of many fans and media, alike.

Best yet, did you honestly believe the Dallas Cowboys would have a 1-5 record and be on the verge of disintegration before this guy showed up on your doorstep?

35329, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - Saturday 31st October 2009. Pop Star Gwen Stefani and rocker husband Gavin Rossdale take their two children Kingston and Zuma Trick or Treating for Halloween. Gwen dressed as Toy Story yodelling cowgirl Jessie , whilst Kingston wore a dinosaur costume. Gavin was dressed as an injured man with bandages across his face and blood coming from his nose and little Zuma was fast asleep in his dad's arms. Later Zuma also changed into a dinosaur costume. Photograph: Max Butterworth/Bret Thompsett/PacificCoastNews.com

The Vikings, 49ers and Cowboys have dug incredibly deep holes. I’m not suggesting any of these teams makes the playoffs; they’re in bad spots. But, once again, at least one of these franchises will play much better over the final couple months of the season. And, it will translate to the scoreboard and into the WIN column.

But, where do the Baltimore Ravens stand?

After the season’s first six weeks, I think most of us shared a common confidence of the team’s impending