With record 6-3, 'playoffs' no longer...

With record 6-3, 'playoffs' no longer a dirty word

There are 91 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Nov 11, 2008, titled With record 6-3, 'playoffs' no longer a dirty word. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

It was way too early. But now after the Ravens beat the Houston Texans , 41-13, on Sunday, you can actually start thinking about the p-word. Go ahead, let it roll off your tongue.

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Bobbyk K in Winchester VA

Winchester, VA

#1 Nov 11, 2008
Flacco's improvement along with the 3 headed running back monster overcomes the lack of a true big play threat. Getting Todd Heap involved last week was huge.. both for Heap and Flacco. Even the kick coverage is improved with the new kickoff guy. Yes, our secondary can be exploited by the good QB's.. Rex will scheme around that too!
Norris

Rosedale, MD

#2 Nov 11, 2008
Playoffs or not, they're refreshing and fun to watch.
patrick

Hyattsville, MD

#3 Nov 11, 2008
Norris wrote:
Playoffs or not, they're refreshing and fun to watch.
Amen!
Goldbug Charlie

Bradenton, FL

#4 Nov 11, 2008
The Ravens will win this Sunday like they should have won last year against the Patriots. They are continously underestimated by sports reporters and their opponents. Their game results are rarely reviewed in summations of weekly league scores. Every team lives to beat the "world champions"!
Joe Mess East BMore

Columbia, MD

#5 Nov 11, 2008
I can;t believe it but here I go again..nice article Mike. However I do take issue with the comments regarding the level of play of the NFC being far superior that of the AFC North. Did I not see the Clowns hammer the Giants 4 weeks ago? Did I not see the Squealers hammer the Redskins 2 weeks ago? Every one of the NFC East games are like watching trackmeets. Both teams running the ball up and down the field at will. If they can run the ball like that against the Baltimore Ravens then I will stand corrected. But I really don't see it happening. Additionally, they had better get pressure on Flacco or he will absolutely carve them up. Again, great article, but I for one am not that impressed with the NFC east.....Bring em on..Is is Sunday yet???
Donta

Baltimore, MD

#6 Nov 11, 2008
We will see the Ravens have to do their damage at home at M and T bank stadium and steal one on the road If they lose to the Giants on Sunday and come back and beat the Eagles(home),Skins(home),and Cincy(road) they should be In good shape a loss on Sunday will not soar me on the team winning at home Is a must. We will see.
OC John

Ocean City, MD

#7 Nov 11, 2008
Mike, an A for the column. Not because you wrote good things about the Ravens but because you pointed out what most fans knew, we have a good team. And if the Ravens fail to go to the play-offs, please, please don't reverse your focus and hammer our guys.

Since: May 08

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#8 Nov 11, 2008
Now is the time to prove you belong with the Big Boys..... When the best team you have beaten are the Dolphins lets not get over confident I know its the fashion to under estimate and belittle the Giants achievements. harping on the loss to the Browns. This is the most hard nosed balanced and disciplined team you will face this year. The Titans have done a nice job But you will see the real 3 headed monster on Sunday...And can anyone tell me why this is on at 1 ?? Seems like a 4 oclock game to me.
Fed Up in Towson

Cockeysville, MD

#9 Nov 11, 2008
Joe Mess East BMore wrote:
I can;t believe it but here I go again..nice article Mike. However I do take issue with the comments regarding the level of play of the NFC being far superior that of the AFC North. Did I not see the Clowns hammer the Giants 4 weeks ago? Did I not see the Squealers hammer the Redskins 2 weeks ago? Every one of the NFC East games are like watching trackmeets. Both teams running the ball up and down the field at will. If they can run the ball like that against the Baltimore Ravens then I will stand corrected. But I really don't see it happening. Additionally, they had better get pressure on Flacco or he will absolutely carve them up. Again, great article, but I for one am not that impressed with the NFC east.....Bring em on..Is is Sunday yet???
The NFC East *IS* far superior to the AFC North this year. The worst team in the NFC East is 5-4 -- first time that's happened in any division since 1943. They've also won eight more games than the AFC North going into week 11.

Playoffs for the Ravens? Maybe a wild card, if Indy and New England / NYJ fall apart. That the AFC West is so terrible this year really helps. Going 10-6 over this stretch to win the division? Pretty unlikely, especially because the Steelers won the first meeting this year and are 5-1 in the AFC. The Ravens would have to split with the NFC North, win their gimmie at Cincy, and beat the Jags for the last game of the season. PIT has two gimmies with Cleveland and Cincy and then just needs two more to go 10-6. San Diego, Dallas, and NE all all very beatable this year, and the Steelers already beat the Ravens once.

If I were to bet, I'd say the Steelers win the division at 10-6 and the Ravens go 9-7 but miss the playoffs by a game. The Steelers could probably go 9-7 and still win the division, espeically if they beat the Ravens again. Indy is looking primed to make a run at a wildcard slot, and NE / NJ will get the other one due to that division's soft schedule this year.
Ray

Greenville, SC

#10 Nov 11, 2008
Mike,
This is a growing year for the Ravens, so I expect that we will only see one win the rest of the year.
Look out for next year. We will be right up there with the good teams.
Ray
MDR

Royal Oak, MI

#11 Nov 11, 2008
Oh, look! Now Mikey is a cheerleader! Pompoms, pleated skirt and all! Sis-boom-bah! Those kicks don't need to be so high (ugly).
Rich

Cedar Rapids, IA

#12 Nov 11, 2008
Norris wrote:
Playoffs or not, they're refreshing and fun to watch.
Well said!
Rich

Cedar Rapids, IA

#13 Nov 11, 2008
How great is this? We are heading to the Meadowlands to play the Super Bowl champs, and you can rest assured Manning and co. know who is comming. We all are fist thumping our stuck out chest just like Ray Lewis. I don't know if we are going to win or not, but as Coach Harbaugh says "we are going to show up". That's good enough for this fan. GO RAVENS1
Henry

Providence, RI

#14 Nov 11, 2008
The Ravens are beating the teams that the League scheduled them to play. In years past, they would of lost many of these games. Like Miami last year, or the Lions game where they got penalized about 25 times for 200 yards! Or let the Bungles come back in the 4th quarter from 21 pts down. This team has more poise and character now then any year outside of the superbowl year. Even with 2 or 3 more loses this year, I like their chances of going to the playoffs this year. They are not going to concede games to anyone. They will play the Giants tough this coming week. They still are the #1 team in run defense. Until anyone proves otherwise, I don't see anyone running against them. The Eagles showed weaknesses on Sunday night. Redskins have lost to the Steelers and also a Rams team to is horrible. Cowboys, not as good as promoted. Steelers, should of one the forst game, but no whinning about the past, we get it done at home. Jags and Cincy, just take care of business. 10 or 11 wins are a real possibility.
Mix it Up

Orlando, FL

#15 Nov 11, 2008
Let's not forget that Cincy limped into Jersey a while back and took the Giants into OT. And we all know what the Browns did to them. So of course the Ravens have a shot. This is not an automatic loss. The Giants are very good. I respect that team and the coach but they are not unbeatable.

I see potentially a maximum of 6 Ravens making the Pro Bowl: Ngata, Lewis, Suggs, Koch, Brown or Grubbs, and Mason. This is the most that could make it, but I feel they all deserve to be considered.
lewesjim

United States

#16 Nov 11, 2008
It isn't necessary that they beat the Giants this Sunday but they must play a respectable game not another one like the disaster in Indianapolis. Still think it will be next year when they really blossom.
Scott

Clarksville, MD

#17 Nov 11, 2008
Lay off the Kool Aid Mike

Since: May 08

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#18 Nov 11, 2008
lewesjim wrote:
It isn't necessary that they beat the Giants this Sunday but they must play a respectable game not another one like the disaster in Indianapolis. Still think it will be next year when they really blossom.
Ravens have a good D and will keep it close but I see a little too much for you guys on sunday.
Giants 31
Ravens 17
jamaltimore

Gaithersburg, MD

#19 Nov 11, 2008
sick of hearing about NFC east. who's the giant's one loss to? AFC North lowly cleveland browns. The ravens or steelers are as good as any team in the NFC East. Unfortunately I think we'll lose sunday, but we'll beat the eagles and skins at home.
Aman

Wilmington, DE

#20 Nov 11, 2008
Good article Mike. I'm very OK with a loss this weekend. We can hinder the Giant's run run attack for the most part, but not their passing game. Plaxico has always done well against us. Also, Joe F. and the young O-line will face serious pressure with Justin Tuck and Co. They may not be ready for this kind of challenge on the road.

Various sports writers/analysts are already calling it the game of the week. I would be shocked if they didn't move this game to a 4pm slot.

Go Ravens!

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