Does the Ravens' impressive opening w...

Does the Ravens' impressive opening win change your perception ...

There are 77 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Sep 9, 2008, titled Does the Ravens' impressive opening win change your perception .... In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

However, the Ravens' decisive 17-10 win over the Cincinnati Bengals included important elements that indicate Baltimore is a much better team than anyone suspected through the preseason.

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Mike Morgan

Hollywood, FL

#1 Sep 9, 2008
I smell something good in Baltimore and it's not just the crabcakes. IT'S THE BALTIMORE RAVENS!
Fells Point Craig

United States

#2 Sep 9, 2008
It is hard not to get excited about the results from Sunday, but it is only one game...That said, the team played much better than I thought. Perhaps 8 wins isn't the stretch I thought it might be? LETS GO FLACCO!
Eddie

Miami, FL

#3 Sep 9, 2008
Before the game I went online and read the Cinn. papers. All the bloggers sounded like the Raven bloggers before the game--"With our Defense Flacco will look like the coming of Johnny U." or " we will be 1-15 next year with a new Coach." Maybe we should be a little grounded off of what we saw last week. However, i think there is a glimmer of hope.

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Glen Burnie,Md(Jax Fla now)

#4 Sep 9, 2008
No,it doesn't change my perception of the team,they still have a very hard schedule ahead of them,the AFC South and NFC East,it's not going to be a picnic,they may end up in 2nd or 3rd in their divison,depending what Cleveland does,they aren't good enough to beat out Pittsburgh this year,all in all,I still say 5 or 6 wins this year.
bird brained

Chesapeake Beach, MD

#5 Sep 9, 2008
Against Pittsburgh, Buffalo, San Diego, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Denver, New England even without Brady, Indianapolis, the Ravens have a long way to go but I have moved them from 6-10 to 8-8 with the outside possibility at 9-7 ( if we beat Houston this weekend). Playoffs, not yet but certainly with progression and lack of injuries, the next years at least become brighter than in August '08
Glenn Phillips

United States

#6 Sep 9, 2008
Not hardly. My favorite teams are the STEELERS and whoever plays the ravens.
owend

Elkton, MD

#7 Sep 9, 2008
No one thought that the Ravens--a team that did not score a single touchdown in the month of November--would go anywhere in 2000. Flacco will have his good and bad days, but the fact that the offensive and defensive pieces are coming together better than expected will make for an exciting year. The one drawback is the strength of schedule in the second half of the season when the probability of having important players injured is increased.
Bernie

Owings Mills, MD

#8 Sep 9, 2008
Since when did a 7 point win become 'impressive".The Ravens had this "impressive win over a team with virtually no defense at all, that's "impressive'. At least they will win one game this year. Don't buy your Super Bowl tickets yet. On sunday everyone will see the real Ravens, they haven't proven anything until they beat a good team.
nicky c

Owings Mills, MD

#9 Sep 9, 2008
The team's play on Sunday changed my perception favorably.

They have a difficult schedule this season - so I don't have a win-loss prediction.

I was impressed by what I think is a major improvement in the O Line play and the offensive play calling in general - I think they will struggle with the schedule - but I also think there will some surprised teams before the year ends.
Bernie

Owings Mills, MD

#10 Sep 9, 2008
Mike Morgan wrote:
I smell something good in Baltimore and it's not just the crabcakes. IT'S THE BALTIMORE RAVENS!
What I smell is a team that beat a team that has no defense, that's easy.
Resident

Edgewood, MD

#11 Sep 9, 2008
No they still suck. They've been here how long and only 1 super bowl??? Sad
Macadamia

Saint Petersburg, FL

#12 Sep 9, 2008
Glenn Phillips wrote:
Not hardly. My favorite teams are the STEELERS and whoever plays the ravens.
Sigh, another hater makes his foul presence known.
Macadamia

Saint Petersburg, FL

#13 Sep 9, 2008
Resident wrote:
No they still suck. They've been here how long and only 1 super bowl??? Sad
Spoken like a true fan...of the Steelers.
D-Will

Baltimore, MD

#14 Sep 9, 2008
Perception is...a win is a win. Reality is...a win is a win. I am however not ready to bet the farm on Flacco or the Ravens. At all levels of sport, teams are able compete in some capacity...some are good teams,some better than good and some are great. I place the Ravens right now at able to compete. With the defense and a little bit imagination on offense my perception is they will compete and get better. With the schedule we have this year I don't expect playoffs. Perception is I liked what I saw on Sunday. They'll be better than a 5 win team. Reality is Billick is gone! Oh, by the way...I love you Heap but come on, toughen up ! What's a "back bruise" anyway ? I'd like to see you back out on the field smashing like you used to do !!! Get your MOJO back! Yeaah Baby !
Harry

Rochester, NY

#15 Sep 9, 2008
The perception of the team was basically one of concern about all the injured starters. On defense, if Ngata, Gregg(still out), Rolle, McAlister and Reed can't go its a diff defense. When they were announced in the starting line up on Sun there was hope. Ryan and his defense is very good when the starters play. Offense the key to many offenses is the OL. In pre Gaithers & Terry did not play, results Boller injured and like 1 offensive TD. But with them an OL of Gaithers, Grubbs, Browns, Yanda and Terry becomes a strength not a weakness and now Anderson provides depth or possible starter at the key OT positions. With good blocking McClain & Rice, the running game, was effective. Run the ball and play defense the same ole Ravens formula, get the lead and hang onto it. Win the turnover battle, so, the rookie Qb didn't make rookie mistakes or look like a rookie Qb. The play calling was much better and unpredictable, but basically what we all expected switching from Billick to Cam. The group of Wrs is a notch below the caliber of Wrs on true playoff caliber teams, and Todd Heap can't be fumbling and droping sure TD passes in the end zone, he needs to get his act together. If the team can stay healthy and continue to make progress, then things are looking up. One big question is can the Ravens come from behind with a rookie QB and this group of Wrs or at least take some pressure off the defense by scoring a few more pts. My impression of Cinci may have changed more than my impression of the Ravens, maybe Cinci is worse than we all thought they were. If the Ravens had NE sch we'd probably be predicting that they would go 10-6 and if NE had the Ravens sch we'd probably be predicting that they would go 6-10 without Brady.
SevernDave

Fort George G Meade, MD

#16 Sep 9, 2008
I think Sunday's win should boost our confidence a little bit, but it's still gonna be a tough season. The REALLY good stuff to come out of Sunday is that it looks like we might FINALLY have a good young QB who could lead us for YEARS to come, we have a very young offensive line that might be very good for years to come, and we may have a head coach who could be very good for years to come! 8-8 is probably the BEST we could expect this year.
Dash

Tampa, FL

#17 Sep 9, 2008
O, by the way-Bill you are the MAN!
WILL FOSTER

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#18 Sep 9, 2008
YOUR ARTICLE WAS WELL BALANCED AND WRITTEN VERY WELL. I KNOW ALOT OF FANS FEEL LIKE ME. WE WASTED 3 YEARS ON A SORRY QUATERBACK AND ANORGANIZATION THAT REFUSED TO LISTEN - THE WIN FIRST WIN DID NOT IMPRESS ME - WE HAVE STARTED LIKE THIS BEFORE ONLY TO CRASH IN BURN LATER - THERE ARE HIGH SCHOOL QUATERBACKS THAT HANDLE THE BALL BETTER THEN BOLLIER
GOOD ARTICLE !!!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK !!!!!!
Carey

Norfolk, VA

#19 Sep 9, 2008
Sunday doesn't change my perception at all. I knew that this team could compete every week. Ozzie did a good job in the offseason building depth, especially on defense. And the defense that everyone said was aging dominated. If flacco continues to progress each week and receivers step up in the passing game to keep the defense honest we can compete for a division title.
terrence

Baltimore, MD

#20 Sep 9, 2008
maybe 5 wins for the ravens but the future looks bright.. the bengals might win 3 games.. they looked terrible..

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