With the season coming to a close, it appears as if Baltimore is slowly returning to full strength.
Mark Zinno gives us his keys to the game for the Monday Night matchup between the Ravens and the Lions in Detroit.
The Ravens snatched victory out of the jaws of defeat 3 times on Sunday against the Vikings. With 6 lead changes in the final quarter of the game, it became increasingly clear that Baltimore possessed a team of fighters. And with a difficult gauntlet of opponents on the horizon for Baltimore, fighters is exactly what they’ll need.
The Ravens have scored first in four out of their last five games, and are now 39-8 at home and 11-1 against the NFC teams under John Harbaugh in Baltimore.
The defending Super Bowl champions are coming off of the worst loss of the season even though it was by a mere six points. With the loss to the Browns now behind them, Baltimore has to play harder and those filling in have to step it up as the AFC North leading Cincinnati Bengals come to town.
Just last week, Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs declared the Ravens in a “state of emergency.” It might be at “Code Red” now.
The Ravens didn’t want to enter the bye with a loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers. But it may end up being the best thing to happen to the Ravens this season.
It wasn’t too long ago that many wondered if Suggs would ever be the same player again after tearing his Achilles tendon last season. But now it’s clear that Suggs is back and better than ever.
The losing record is one thing. But the hard part for the Ravens right now is finding something to hang their hats on. Anything.
Winning a Super Bowl is a life changing experience. But with the events of New Orleans firmly in Baltimore’s rear view mirror, how will Baltimore respond in a season that has suddenly taken a turn for the worse?
Joe Flacco passed for 215 yards and a touchdown but couldn’t stop the defending Super Bowl champions from losing for the third time in their last four games.
There’s more to Terrell Suggs’ game than simply overpowering an offensive lineman and throwing the quarterback to the ground.