Ravens win and the Steelers lose – nuff said!!
A win is a win and a division win on the road is even sweeter, but I would have a lot more confidence in the team if it was a decisive win. Having the game come down to the wire for a last second field goal against the Browns makes me shake my head.
I still consider this season as a rebuilding season for the Browns. I think they still need 2-3 quality acquisitions to make them a truly formidable team. I give it to them, they are turning the corner but I expected the Ravens to outplay this young team with their trick plays (one of which was essentially cheating) and fascination in Johnny Manziel.
At the end of the day, I can thank Billy Cundiff for doing what Billy Cundiff now does (cough, cough). I don’t know if Harbaugh makes him nervous or if he lost his confidence after the infamous New England debacle but kicker is one of the positions that I’m sure Cleveland is looking into for the future.
Back to the Ravens, I still sometimes feel like Cam Cameron is calling the plays. It’s so frustrating when the other team know the play we are running or worse, when a play is working, we run a less effective play and have to turn the ball over on downs. I don’t understand why we don’t run a “hurry-up” offense to tire out the other teams D, or allow Joe to audible when needed. After that is what he did when we won the Super Bowl, but between Jim Caldwell and Gary Kubiak, I guess that’s ancient history.
My thoughts on the game
– I felt so bad watching Dennis Pitta being carted off the field. I’ll be surprised if he returns to the league
– I hope the NFL fines Cleveland for that cheat play they pulled, follow the rules or nobody will respect you
– I still can’t believe this team is putting so much effort int Johnny Manziel. You got Miles Austin making plays but everybody’s running around like 2014 is the year Manziel will take the Browns to the playoffs.
I am looking forward to Sunday’s home game against Carolina. I’m sure they’ll have something to prove after being beat by the Steelers Sunday night. Since the Bungles and the Browns have a bye week, I hope we’ll be able to gain some ground in the AFC North. Current forecast is sunny and 83*, I can wear shorts and have a RavensRita – I can’t wait!!
Today was a sad day for me. It was my personal acknowledgement that I lost trust in one of my favorite Ravens players. I don’t know if this was his first and last domestic violence incident or the incident where Ray got caught. I do know that I can no longer wear the jersey of a man that punched his fiancé who is the mother of his child.
I got up this morning and headed down to M & T Bank Stadium earlier than I leave for work to stand in line for the Ray Rice Jersey exchange. Over the past few years, I purchased two Ray Rice jerseys for myself and one for my husband. I bought these jerseys as an endorsement of Ray a Rice based on his playing ability and off-field efforts within the community. I wore them any and everywhere because I believed wholly in Ray Rice as a player and a person until February 2014.
My personal expectation is that the local star athlete, advocating against bullying, does not physically assault his wife. I’m not judging Ray Rice but I’m no longer endorsing him either. Professional athletes receive accolades, adulation and millions of dollars.
Some athletes lose their way, are then humbled and must reach rock bottom to truly get their life together. Trust in a person is hard to gain but do easy to lose. I completely and whole-heartedly wish the best for Ray Rice and his family. I truly hope he uses this adversity to make the world a better place but I won’t be hoping for this in a Ray Rice Jersey. .
The Bengals lucked up and are 2-0. They beat us and completely killed my buzz during the home opener but the first half of that game was more of the Ravens not playing well. Because the Bungles did not fully capitalize on our errors by scouting touchdowns and had to settle for field goals, I’m not impressed by their capabilities. And since AJ green is hurt, I expect them to do what they usually do, start choking after Thanksgiving.
The Ravens are 1-1 by their own doing, for better and for worse. The loss to Cincy was caused by poor playing on our part during the first half of the game. We looked better in the second half but gave up the big play that cost us the game. The offense needs to start quickly and play consistently instead of waiting until the third (or worse – fourth) quarter to start playing. The win against the Steelers, while decisive, would have been more impressive if we played well for the full 60 minutes.
The Steelers are1-1 but the jury is still out. I don’t know who they have on their team besides Ben and Troy P. The defense played so dirty the second half but I can’t tell if that was by choice because we were handing them their asses. Other than LaVeon Bell and Heath Miller, I didn’t see any real offensive threats. After checking out their Week 1 scoring, they may not have enough gas in the tank to go a full game.
The Browns also 1-1 but I’m unsure if that’s due to the Browns playing well, the Saints playing poorly or a combination of the two. All you ever hear about is Johnny Football but really, what’s going on here. To pick up Miles Austin, I’m impressed and he made the play needed for the win. I didn’t see their game against the Steelers but they obviously made some big plays in the second half to put fear into those smug Steelers fans. Since we’re coming to town, they probably have some confidence in their abilities. I just hope the Ravens come to town and plays from start to finish like a team looking to get to the playoffs.
WTH moments of the week:
– the Seahawks and 49ers losing. Those teams don’t look so scary anymore, especially with Philip Choke Rivers and The Chargers basically playing the Seahawks game against them.
– Kirk Cousins showing the Washington football team why he needs to be the starter, I’m just sayin’