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Near Choke

Written by: Peter Coolbaugh

After another meltdown by the defense against Houston on Monday night, the Ravens escaped with their lives and held end for a 34 -28 victory over the Texans thanks to a late INT returned for a touchdown.

Fans who stayed up to witness this debacle had words of anger for Coach Harbaugh, Cam Cameron, the Ravens D the following morning. For the 8th time this season, the Ravens D could not hold a lead and gave up numerous long drives to allow the Texans to hang with them the whole game. Combine that with an offense that went from cruise to sputter after halftime, and you had a recipe for disaster.

No one in reality should complain about having a 9-4 record. Seriously. But with the lofty postseason expectations put on this team, we see the same mistakes week after week and it seems that no improvement has been made in a few areas that are for lack of a better word, problematic.

1) Defense holding lead

2) Questionable offensive play calls

3) Running game that is non-existent

We blew games to Atlanta, Pittsburgh, New England because we could not hold them. And don't even mention the disaster against the Bungles back in September. Like many fans, I am questioning the level of talent and the resolve of this current club. Is it the players? Is it the coaching? Or is it the age of the veterans?

The New Orleans Saints, winners of Super Bowl 44, will be here on Sunday. And while they might have trouble playing in the cold due to being a dome team, their offensive firepower - if clicking - could spell major problems for the Ravens.

And with a division title not looking so rosy now, any loss can cost us positioning for the wild card too. There are some worried people these days here in Birdland, and count me among them.

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