Written by: Peter Coolbaugh
For the third straight year, the Baltimore Ravens have advanced to the NFL second season by securing a playoff birth yesterday following the 20-10 victory over Cleveland. The Wild Card is theirs for the moment with a possible chance to obtain the division crown next week with another win and a Steelers loss.
For coach Harbaugh, this season has been a struggle. The lofty expectations of making a Super Bowl run have been dealt numerous blows with injuries, offensive ineptitude and weekly defensive meltdowns. He now has temporarily quelled the fans backlash by winning his 30th game in 3 seasons and making the playoffs in the process. Very few coaches have done what he has done especially in their debut job as head coach in the NFL.
With three straight wins now, the Ravens look forward to hosting the banged up Bungles on January 2 in Baltimore. A victory would make them finish at 12-4 and be a serious contender for this years title. Despite an aging and slowing defense this team still has the overall talent to compete and should not be taken lightly.
The lack of offense is what concerns me and numerous other fans. Key weapons like Heap are hurt but the lack of production out of WR studs like Boldin make me question the genius of Cam Cameron. Twice this season we have scored 37 points but most often it is in the range of 20-25 per game. Not exactly overpowering in the modern NFL.
So now, we sit and wait. Wait for another win over a lowly opponent. Wait and see where exactly we are seeded in the playoffs. And then wait to see if we can actually make some noise this postseason.
Here is to a great new year with more Raven's victories in January 2011.
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