After one good week, many feel that the Baltimore Ravens are as good as any team in the AFC. It is too early for that talk.
The Ravens win over the Miami Dolphins was an impressive one. They dismantled a team that had won six straight games in the 38-6 beat down at home. It was by far their best performance of the season and the national media is even on board with the purple and black.
Everyone needs to relax a bit. This team is nowhere near perfect despite winning four of their last five games. We are talking about the same team that lost every game in October.
The win over Miami was the first time that Joe Flacco and the offense dissected a defense. For much of the season, everyone complained about how Flacco was throwing off his back foot, the receivers could not get open and the offensive coordinators refused to run the ball. Now after one good week, everyone is praising the Ravens as a Super Bowl contender. Something is not right here.
Dean Pees has a defense that is championship worthy. They are the top-ranked defense against the run, No. 1 in total yards allowed and second in points. Those impressive stats have come with injuries to C.J. Mosley, Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil, Jimmy Smith and many other starters throughout the season. Tavon Young and Matt Judon have been very impressive as rookies and have played key roles in the Ravens defense.
Pees was able to make Ryan Tannehill look mediocre in Baltimore, but Tom Brady and the Patriots in Foxborough is a different story. Brady could be in the midst of the best season of his career if not for the four-game suspension. Some say the loss of Rob Gronkowski could slip them up, but both Brady and Marcellus Bennett were putting up Pro Bowl numbers in Gronk’s previous absence. Their offense will not skip a beat without him.
Last Sunday was by far Flacco’s best outing of the season, but can we expect more of the same? It was the only time this season he threw for four touchdowns and the most yards he had thrown all season. Am I only one that remembers that terrible interception he threw as well? That was inexcusable.
The offensive line gave him a lot of room to throw, and we still saw throws off the back foot. That has been one of the biggest criticisms against Flacco this season and one game does not hide the flaws. He has struggled all season long. We cannot forget that after one strong outing.
There are many out there who think that the Dolphins were the tune up for the Patriots. I am not buying it. If they can put up the same fight against the Patriots, then I will be into the hype that the Ravens are a serious contender.