Ok, let's get all the perspective stuff out of the way right up front.
While we’re rationalizing, it is also important to point out that when the Ravens were looking ahead to playing the
Regardless of all the reasons why one loss to the banged-up Steelers isn't the end of the world, the fact that the Ravens lost this particular game the way they did raised all kinds of red flags as they look ahead to a string of three games that – as it turns out – are likely to be tougher than the three they just played.
They’ll get to see tonight just what kind of challenge they are going to face at
All they have to do after they chase Griffin around next week is play the division-leading Manning brothers back-to-back and finish up on the road against the resurgent
My 10-second analysis of Sunday's game: The Ravens, who have not been particularly good on third down this year, seemed stubbornly determined to put themselves in third-down situations by wasting first or second down on long vertical plays into coverage.
Much attention was focused on Flacco's fumble, but the Ravens actually won the turnover battle, 3-2, and appeared to be in control of the game until the offense took another long nap late in the game.
Obviously, you have to give some credit to a very good Pittsburgh defense, but it’s not like that’s the first time Flacco and the offense has looked dazed and confused. Meanwhile, veteran
Clearly, the Steelers needed the game more, which is a very real part of the motivational equation in the