It’s “must-win time” for the Ravens on Sunday vs. Cincy

November 08, 2013 | Drew Forrester

Years ago when Glenn Clark was on the other side of the glass with me on The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction, we came upon a Friday where the Maryland/Duke football game was being discussed during our “Picks and Comment” segment.

I gave several reasons why I thought Maryland might go to Durham and lose to the Blue Devils, but Glenn wouldn’t have any part of it.  He then authored the now famous line we use over and over here at WNST:  “I don’t care what you say…Maryland’s not losing to Duke in football.”

Duke won 27-3 or something like that.

For years now, at WNST, when we want to emphatically predict the outcome of a sporting event we use that phrase to make our point.  “I don’t care what you say…(insert team here) isn’t losing to (insert team here).

Of course, it’s usually said with the same level of unpredictability as Glenn’s initial statement was, but you get the point.

Let’s fast forward to this Sunday’s Ravens home game with the Bengals.

This one isn’t for all the marbles as far as John Harbaugh’s team is concerned, but it’s awfully close.  They won’t be eliminated from the post-season if the Bengals travel to Baltimore and win, but they’ll officially be walking the plank with a 3-6 record.

That said, it’s the Bengals who are coming here.

I know, they’re 6-3 and all…but they’re still the Bengals.

They LOOK good.  Occasionally they PLAY well.  Once every 3-4 years, they actually appear as if they might even be legitimate.

Their defense is very good, even with Geno Atkins now gone for the year.

A.J. Green is one of the best wide receivers in the league.

They have some decent wins under their belt thus far in 2013, including home triumphs over Green Bay and New England and a road victory at Detroit.

But, this is Baltimore where they’re playing on Sunday.

They’re not just going to come strolling in here and hand the Ravens their rear-ends.  Ain’t happening.

I’ve waffled on this game all week because I’ve watched the home team enough now to know we’re much more likely to finish 6-10 than 10-6 this season.  Everything points to the Bengals winning here.  The Ravens are reeling, they can’t run the ball for jack, the defense is soft, there’s always a special teams gaffe thrown in…and it all adds up to a 3-5 mark at the halfway point.

This, though, is the proverbial “must-win” game for the Ravens.

And it’s in Baltimore.

So, channeling my inner Glenn Clark here, I’ll go ahead and do it.

“I don’t care what you say…the Bengals aren’t coming to Baltimore and beating the Ravens.”

Ravens win 21-20.

You can thank me on Monday morning.


7 Comments For This Post

  1. Robert Says:

    If Dalton is in sync with Green this Sunday, I wouldn’t be betting on the Ravens, notwithstanding the “I don’t care what you say” pronouncement. In light of the low odds of the Ravens going 7-1 in the next eight games, I’m in favor of them tanking the 2nd half to get us a high pick in next year’s early draft rounds. Cheers.

  2. The Armchair QB Says:

    Well, they may still be the Bengals, but we are no longer the….Ravens! The coach talks about slow starts for the offense while deferring every time they win the opening coin toss! Isn’t the object of this game to get the ball and…score! Just maybe if they win the coin toss on Sunday they’ll receive and at least change their mindset and maybe even score first! Now, that would be novel…….

  3. Steve from Sandpoint Says:

    It’s time for Joe Flacco to have a elite game that we all know he’s capable of !!!

  4. tsnamm Says:

    Drew…from your lips to Gods ears…that being said, if the Offense could put together a string of possessions similar to the 1 against Buffalo where they marched right down the field and scored on 4 play I would feel confident. Unfortunately this year after 1 possession like that they follow it up with three or four 3 and outs with us in 4th and long due to sacks or dumb penalties. We see flashes of the offense from last year buts that’s about all. They will need to get consistent or it’s another 3-5 point loss…

  5. Unitastoberry Says:

    They are still the Bangels!

  6. Dan Says:

    Drew – “The Ravens are reeling, they can’t run the ball for jack, the defense is soft, there’s always a special teams gaffe thrown in…and it all adds up to a 3-5 mark at the halfway point.” This takes me back to the days of Kyle Boller when he used to say after a bad game “we just have to watch more film and work harder ” But Alas , on Sunday, he still playrd like Kyle Boller . :(

  7. Dirk Says:

    I have a friend who has a neighbor who has a cousin that knows someone who has access to the Ravens itinerary and I now know for a fact they changed the reporting time of the offense this week to 1pm instead of the standard 2:30 – 3:00pm-ish. Harbaugh is willing to do whatever it takes to right the ship. Ravens 35 Bengals 17 then turn off the PS3.

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