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Old 10-12-2009, 11:12 PM   #1
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Ravens seek to regroup after another defeat
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By The Associated Press Tuesday, October 13, 2009

OWINGS MILLS, Md. The difference between the unbeaten Baltimore Ravens of two weeks ago and the team currently mired in a two-game losing streak isn't dramatically significant.

The Ravens (3-2) would still be undefeated if they finished off a late drive against New England on Oct. 4 and prevented the Cincinnati Bengals from marching 80 yards for a touchdown in the waning minutes of a 17-14 loss Sunday.

Then again, Baltimore might be a sub-.500 team if linebacker Ray Lewis didn't make a game-saving tackle in San Diego in Week 2.

"The bottom line is this: We make a couple plays we didn't make and we're 5-0. We don't make a couple plays in one other game and we're 2-3," coach John Harbaugh said Monday. "That's the nature of the NFL. If we want to be in the hunt, we've got to win games like this. But no matter what happened in the last couple of weeks, we're still the same team we would have been. All the things we're trying to become as a football team, those things are intact."

In the wake of the 27-21 loss to the Patriots, Harbaugh tried to deflect questions about several key penalties that went against Baltimore. He made it clear Sunday that, even though the Ravens were flagged three times during Cincinnati's final drive, that is not why they lost.

The players agreed.

"If you are going to make those penalties, you'd better play well enough on other downs to make up for them," linebacker Jaret Johnson said. "We didn't do that."

The Ravens yielded 120 yards rushing to Cincinnati's Cedric Benson, the first time a running back has eclipsed 100 yards against Baltimore in 40 games.

"That's something we take pride in," Johnson said. "We put it on our backs, that, 'Hey, you're not going to run the ball on us.' And when a team is able to do that, yeah, it's hard. We have to get it fixed."

And quickly, because the Ravens face Adrian Peterson and the unbeaten Minnesota Vikings this Sunday.

"We have to do a better job of tackling and filling the holes," tackle Haloti Ngata said.

Other problems against Cincinnati: The defense permitted the Bengals to cover 80 yards in less than 2 minutes with the outcome hanging in the balance; the offense managed only one touchdown; and quarterback Joe Flacco threw for only 186 yards and two interceptions.

If the Ravens are to get back to the AFC championship game, these things must be corrected. Even if Baltimore beat the Patriots and Bengals, the final 11 weeks wouldn't be any easier.

"We're the same team, basically, at 3-2 or 5-0," Harbaugh said. "Essentially we've got the same issues, and the same things we're doing well."

When the players gathered Monday to watch game film and discuss this week's upcoming game against Minnesota, there was no lamenting opportunities lost.

Running back Ray Rice, who ran for 69 yards and caught seven passes for 74 yards and a touchdown against the Bengals, said, "We came here in good spirits. ... If we were 5-0 we'd be riding a high horse right now, but I think this is right where we need to be because we still have things to work on.

"It's not like we got blown out of the stadium. These are games where, in the fourth quarter, there were one or two plays that if we make the play, we win the game," Rice added. "Those things get corrected. It's not a lack of effort, it's not a lack of intensity, it's not a lack of (being) physical."
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Old 10-13-2009, 08:46 AM   #2
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Save the read...The Cliff's notes are: The Rats are vastly overrated.
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Old 10-13-2009, 12:59 PM   #3
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They are doomed since they were the "insider" pick by many analysts to win the division and go to the Super Bowl. The rest went with the Pats.
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We were 2-3 last year, with a rookie Flacco, a rookie Harbaugh, and a rookie Ray Rice.
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Snuck up on some people last year, hence the nice final record.

Not this year...
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Snuck up on some people last year
I love made-for-TV meaningless rhetoric, too.

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Old 10-13-2009, 03:05 PM   #7
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I love made-for-TV meaningless rhetoric, too.

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I'm sorry you are having trouble digesting that I think your team is very average....and it's fine if you want to lash out at me about that, but it does nothing to change the fact that, well, your team is STILL very average.

They had a nice year in 2008. You should be happy about that...it was cute seeing that old defense and that young QB win some games....
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Old 10-13-2009, 08:49 PM   #8
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Ratbirds are hamstrung by Dirty Ray Ray. I knew it would be thier downfall when they drank the kool aid and resigned him to a big contract.

Regardless of the media slurping, Lewis's best days are long behind him. Look a little closer at the opposing teams highlights and you'll find way more footage of him two steps behind the play than there is of him making plays. Watching him flounder around in pass coverage is comical. It's going to end very badly for Ray Ray and the Ratbirds.....
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That hot 3-0 start seems like a distant memory now. Just as the Steelers' 1-2 start seems to be the same way.

But still, a lot can happen in a span of two weeks.
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It's a long season. With a long way to go.

I'm a little concerned at the lack of depth at CB, but that's about it.
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