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There's no doubt about it: These Ravens are the real thing

There are 178 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Sep 30, 2008, titled There's no doubt about it: These Ravens are the real thing. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

Regardless of losing, 23-20, last night to the Pittsburgh Steelers , they came into hostile territory with a rookie quarterback and a lot of inexperienced offensive players and took the defending AFC North ...

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Rages

United States

#1 Sep 30, 2008
Ngata is the best player on the team right now.
Mike Morgan

Boca Raton, FL

#2 Sep 30, 2008
It twas a good game at that.
Ryan

Ellicott City, MD

#3 Sep 30, 2008
Deep Threat???
The Detroit Lions announced they aren't shopping Roy Williams....which means they are...I say the Ravens make a play for him
Chi Chi

Lutherville Timonium, MD

#4 Sep 30, 2008
Does Steve Bisciotti sign Preston's checks now? If everything was so great, how did they lose the game? What about the porous offensive line? Oh, that's right, Preson wrote an article about how great they are last week; can't bash them now. What about the four unsportsmanlike conduct/late hit penalties? Oh, that's right, Billick was responsible for the discipline problems; Preston will just pretend those never happened last night.

I hope everybody realizes what's going on here...but you probably don't.
Ravens1-Steeler Hater

Alexandria, VA

#5 Sep 30, 2008
all I know is that the SQueelers are in trouble and I like it. A rookie QB comes into Ketchup field and takes it to them. If it weren't for the fumble we'd won that game.

They can't stop the run

They can't run the ball, couldn't throw, couldn't block. Special teams ok though.

The Ravens are on there way up were as the Squeelers on their way down, you saw it last night. Just listen to the BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOS!
JRW

Bel Air, MD

#6 Sep 30, 2008
lots of promise but still waiting for MNF game where our QB doesn't hand opponent 7 point. That was real turning point
steve

Rochester, MI

#7 Sep 30, 2008
Did you see the final score? The Raven lost.
Ravens1-Steeler Hater wrote:
all I know is that the SQueelers are in trouble and I like it. A rookie QB comes into Ketchup field and takes it to them. If it weren't for the fumble we'd won that game.
They can't stop the run
They can't run the ball, couldn't throw, couldn't block. Special teams ok though.
The Ravens are on there way up were as the Squeelers on their way down, you saw it last night. Just listen to the BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOS!
Rob

United States

#8 Sep 30, 2008
Jarett johnson game unglued which cost us the game. Moron
Rob

United States

#9 Sep 30, 2008
Ok, so the Ravens lost. I said before this game that whether we went 3 and 0 or 2 and 1 it was not going to decide our fate for the year. If we continue to get better as the year progresses this team will be a force by the end of the year. We went into Pittsburgh's home turf with a rookie QB and gave them a beating. Ray knocked Mendenhall out for the year with a vicious stick. For anyone that wants to jump off the bandwagon, good riddance. This team is the most exciting team we've had in years because they have a tremendous upside.
BAL

Brentwood, MD

#10 Sep 30, 2008
My observations/questions:
1) The AFC north isn't very good. The Ravens may be able to compete in their division, but "for real" they are not.
With each team in the division playing each team in the NFC east, the division champ will be lucky to go 8-8.
2) Can anyone tell me why McGahee is on this team? We would have been much better last night without his constant drama. Trade him for a WR. The same goes for Figurs.
3) Flacco is impressive. I hate to think how Boller would have folded after giving up 2 TD's in less than a minute. The future looks good if we can build an offense.
Fells Point Craig

United States

#11 Sep 30, 2008
Actually all things considered, the Ravens did pretty damn good. The Squealers aren't going to run away with this, and Flacco and the O will only get better. We'll be there when the dust settles
Sommmer

Abingdon, MD

#12 Sep 30, 2008
This division may be the weakest in football. Terrible playing by both teams.
Fells Point Craig

United States

#13 Sep 30, 2008
steve wrote:
Did you see the final score? The Raven lost.
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Long season Steveo, save your crowing.
gscaton1

Brighton, MI

#14 Sep 30, 2008
Whaat happen to Figurs. He played scared. He usually goes full speed, yesterday it looked like he with either hurt or scared. Great game, 2 bad plays, first the punt then the penalty. They outplayed them the whole game, Moral loses mean nothing, but it shows they can play with the big boys. I really liked the way Flaco came back.
RavensFaninNY

Canada

#15 Sep 30, 2008
JRW wrote:
lots of promise but still waiting for MNF game where our QB doesn't hand opponent 7 point. That was real turning point
I'd say the stupid unsportsman like conduct/late hit penalty was the turning point. The Steelers defense came out with some fire and destroyed the O-Line and got to Flacco. I do think he needs better ball control but I also can't blame him that much because the defender came from behind just as he was about to throw the pass. If you saw the replay you would have seen that he had no idea he was about to get hit because he couldn't see the guy.
ereiberg

Indianapolis, IN

#16 Sep 30, 2008
John Harbaugh turned into a cowering rookie coach at the end of the game, not having the team make at least some attempt at driving for a field goal. THEY HAD THE FREAKING BALL AND 1:40 LEFT! Simply waiting for OT turned your chances of winning into a coin flip. Really stupid coaching.
XXX

United States

#17 Sep 30, 2008
As I said on another post, the Raven defense is good for 2 or 3 stupid penalties a game. They always have to have the last 'word' and that's the one that gets the flag. I bet the better opposing coaches are telling their guys to do something to rile up the Raven's defense, knowing they'll over-react. This has been going on for a couple of years, so I don't see the players playing smart anytime soon, and that's why they'll probably lose more close games like last night's game. It's great to see some offense for a change, so I think the Ravens will still be 'in the game' in 4th quarters. But our defense just has to play smarter to win against the best teams.
Bazooka Joe Rules

Orlando, FL

#18 Sep 30, 2008
The next 2 weeks will tell the tale. Tennessee and then at Indy. If the Ravens are for real, they will be 3-2 two weeks from now at least. They must take care of their home games. I like the chances against the Titans. We will stuff their run game and put pressure on Collins and rattle him. We will have a hard time moving the ball but can win a low scoring game. I think we win 17-13. Indy is going to be tougher because we can never win at their place. A lot depends on if Sanders comes back or not. This Steeler game is behind us. No could if, should if, or would if anymore. Move on. Flacco will get better and we will have an exciting year watching him and the team develop.
Jay

East Hampton, NY

#19 Sep 30, 2008
Sommmer wrote:
This division may be the weakest in football. Terrible playing by both teams.
I completely disagree. Both teams played pretty good. IF Big Ben played like he played last night against the Eagles, the Steelers probably win that game. He was playing well, albeit a little jittery (with good reason), despite constant pressure. The Steelers D was a top 5 unit playing like one.

The Ravens D held the Steelers running game in check most of the night and put constant pressure. Their offense wasn't preditable and, this is important now, SHOWED THAT THE RAVENS HAVE A LEGIT QB.

Flacco looked good, and he'll only get better. The Ravens only problem is that they may not remain healthy, but they should be competing with the Steelers for the AFC North this year and many others because THE RAVENS HAVE A LEGIT QB.
Longbowan

Ellicott City, MD

#20 Sep 30, 2008
The AFC North is not the worst division in football. That distinction has to go to the NFC West. But the Division is next to last. Let's play outside of our Division, next weekend against the Titans, before we get too excited. The Steeler's offense really stinks.

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