Can they step up?

Can they step up?

There are 102 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Nov 18, 2008, titled Can they step up?. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

If the regular season ended today, the Ravens would receive the sixth and final playoff spot in the AFC.

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joe

Midland, NC

#1 Nov 18, 2008
some sorry reporters in charm city you have. A first year head coach, a rookie quarterback, that was not supposed to start. Had to start cause the other two went down. I'd say its been a good year. Two of the four losses were close two were blow outs it going to happen. I say quit trying to bring the team down and give them some support and encouragement.Not many have given them a chance esp you so called reporters.
lighten up and let them play
SkateNY

New York, NY

#2 Nov 18, 2008
Yes, based on what I've seen in the AFC, the Ravens can and will step up.

Throw away the Giants game. They played the Super Bowl Champs with a dominant and dominating running game. Ask the rest of the NFC how they're doing agains the Giants.

Who else in the AFC can stand up to the Ravens defense.

Joe Flacco is good and getting better, but they do need to establish a running game in order to protect him. He can find his receivers, even if all of them are not pro-bowlers, but he needs time, just like most good quarterbacks.

The Ravens are going to be in the playoffs. And if things fall right, they'll be in the Super Bowl. Just keep on playing hard; it's not rocket science.
SkateNY

New York, NY

#3 Nov 18, 2008
I'm a Giants fan but, yes, I think the Ravens can and will step up. The AFC is very much up for grabs and, from what I've seen, the Ravens should most definitely be in the postseason. If not, well, then they deserve it.
Glenn Small

Herndon, VA

#4 Nov 18, 2008
If you had told us the Ravens would go 4-1 during a stetch when they played four of five on the road, most would have scoffed, especially as they were 2-3 at the time and their recent history of playing on the road has been terrible. They're in good shape to finish the season.
SkateNY

New York, NY

#5 Nov 18, 2008
Glenn Small wrote:
If you had told us the Ravens would go 4-1 during a stetch when they played four of five on the road, most would have scoffed, especially as they were 2-3 at the time and their recent history of playing on the road has been terrible. They're in good shape to finish the season.
I agree. There's no reason they shouldn't be in the playoffs.
SkateNY

New York, NY

#6 Nov 18, 2008
You always want the best teams in post-season play.

Since: Jul 08

Maryland

#7 Nov 18, 2008
Without a doubt the most negative cast of sportswriters assembled for one newspaper in the entire country. You so-called BALTIMORE sports writers are a disgrace to the City and the for that matter the entire State of MD.

It's one thing to express your opinion, as I'm well aware that this is what you are paid to do but the constant berating is shameful.

Just for once, let's spin the positive and write about that, OK?

GO RAVENS!
jeffro

Coats, NC

#8 Nov 18, 2008
Ravens suck...I hang out with Mike Preston sometimes...sorry..
Bob

Baltimore, MD

#9 Nov 18, 2008
Give time for the Offensive line to "jell as a unit"..get BIGGER RECEIVERS who can catch...run..block..and find the end zone...D.Mason is only one guy..he can't do it all..get PRO ACTIVE in free agency EARLY !!.... ALSO ..its time to get some of the younger players on Defence to start taking over..let them learn from the older players...the Ravens need to start thing about replacements for the secondary...like in the up coming draft !..
Jorge

United States

#10 Nov 18, 2008
At what point do we decide if a team is a .500 team? When the Ravens play them, or where they stand when someone wants to make these comparisions? Statisticians call this cherrypicking. No one is talking about how the Titans have only played 2 .500 teams and said that somehow their accomplishments to date don't stack up against NE last year. They haven't because it is pointless. How about you sports writers do your jobs and give us the inside scoop, and not waste our time with these meaningless comparisions.
Paul B

Aberdeen, MD

#11 Nov 18, 2008
I'm so sick of this point being made over and over. Did you see the Raven's early games against the Steelers and Titans? They were one play away from winning each of those games. Dosen't that factor in? Please get off this soapbox.
stew

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#12 Nov 18, 2008
SkateNY wrote:
Yes, based on what I've seen in the AFC, the Ravens can and will step up.
Throw away the Giants game. They played the Super Bowl Champs with a dominant and dominating running game. Ask the rest of the NFC how they're doing agains the Giants.
Who else in the AFC can stand up to the Ravens defense.
Joe Flacco is good and getting better, but they do need to establish a running game in order to protect him. He can find his receivers, even if all of them are not pro-bowlers, but he needs time, just like most good quarterbacks.
The Ravens are going to be in the playoffs. And if things fall right, they'll be in the Super Bowl. Just keep on playing hard; it's not rocket science.
who else in the afc, ummm the colts or did you forget
stew

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#13 Nov 18, 2008
SkateNY wrote:
I'm a Giants fan but, yes, I think the Ravens can and will step up. The AFC is very much up for grabs and, from what I've seen, the Ravens should most definitely be in the postseason. If not, well, then they deserve it.
how do they deserve it, they havent beaten a team with a winning record unless you count miami. flacco does look good i will give them that but he has one target and thats it. he needs to start looking at his 2nd and 3rd option. he rarely does that. fortunately for him mason finds a way to get open. well i would like to wish you luck on kicking that drug habit, i see how it clouds your mind.
stew

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#14 Nov 18, 2008
Ravensfan331 wrote:
Without a doubt the most negative cast of sportswriters assembled for one newspaper in the entire country. You so-called BALTIMORE sports writers are a disgrace to the City and the for that matter the entire State of MD.
It's one thing to express your opinion, as I'm well aware that this is what you are paid to do but the constant berating is shameful.
Just for once, let's spin the positive and write about that, OK?
GO RAVENS!
they are just being realistic
stew

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#15 Nov 18, 2008
Paul B wrote:
I'm so sick of this point being made over and over. Did you see the Raven's early games against the Steelers and Titans? They were one play away from winning each of those games. Dosen't that factor in? Please get off this soapbox.
good teams find ways to win. if you cant beat the good teams you wont make the playoffs and deservingly so. moral victories mean nothing. at the end of the year do you think they care if the ravens played a close game against pitt or tenn.

Since: Nov 08

Location hidden

#16 Nov 18, 2008
stew wrote:
<quoted text>they are just being realistic
Since the advent of on-line posting, realistic reporting is not permitted. You either kiss the A$$$ of the team that you are reporting on, or you are a creep, a bastard, an idiot, etc.
Mark

New York, NY

#17 Nov 18, 2008
The Ravens have only played 4 teams with winning record and one of those games was given to the Titans by the refs...or did everyone forget that. The Giants game was decided by 4 plays...not necessarily by the Giants dominating the Ravens like it is being portrayed as. Without those 4 big plays the game is close but you can't look at like that. The Ravens lost and that's ok but I believe this team will put up a better showing than Sunday. The only team the Ravens for some strange reason can not compete with is the Colts...they just don't have an answer for them. Outside of that they can compete with any team in the league. The Ravens will be ok as no one expected them to win against the Giants anyway.
Fire Trembley

United States

#18 Nov 18, 2008
The Ravens would be a gift for whatever team was lucky enough to play them in the first round. Almost as good as a bye week.
Mark

New York, NY

#19 Nov 18, 2008
stew wrote:
<quoted text>good teams find ways to win. if you cant beat the good teams you wont make the playoffs and deservingly so. moral victories mean nothing. at the end of the year do you think they care if the ravens played a close game against pitt or tenn.
Actually, those close games DO matter...especially to a young team like the Ravens. Look at the Tennessee Titans and Miami Dolphins. I will start with Titans. Last year and the year before they had an 8-8 record and last year they made the playoffs. The point was that the losses they had were close games and they didn't have the experience to put games away and squeeze out victories. It's not so much that they are a great team this year so much as it is of them learning how to close games late. They are winning their close games this year as lately they haven't been playing great football and that's why they are undefeated. Miami last year despite their horrible record continuously lost games by no less than 6 points. Some games they did get blown out but a majority of their losses were closes. That's how you get better when you learn how to close games late and I think the Ravens will do so this year against good competition namely the NFC East.

Since: Nov 08

Location hidden

#20 Nov 18, 2008
Mark wrote:
The Ravens have only played 4 teams with winning record and one of those games was given to the Titans by the refs...or did everyone forget that. The Giants game was decided by 4 plays...not necessarily by the Giants dominating the Ravens like it is being portrayed as. Without those 4 big plays the game is close but you can't look at like that. The Ravens lost and that's ok but I believe this team will put up a better showing than Sunday. The only team the Ravens for some strange reason can not compete with is the Colts...they just don't have an answer for them. Outside of that they can compete with any team in the league. The Ravens will be ok as no one expected them to win against the Giants anyway.
I saw the same game that you saw, and I saw a bunch of fat, heavy Raven defenders chasing lighter, quicker Giant receivers and backs. It looked like an instant replay of The Ravens game against The Colts, EXCEPT for the fact that The ravens showed A LITTLE BIT of offensive life early in the second half.

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