Masked up on the plane ride to the ATL in fear of the swine (H1N1 virus), the Raven's managed to provide a beat down of the Falcons 20-3. Hopefully, the Nest won't be on under CDC quarantine while the Ravens take the next 10 days to get ready for their 2009 campaign.
With the 28th ranked schedule in the League, could be written off as games against Puff the Magic Dragon. In the first six weeks, the Ravens play a home-away schedule with the away games against tough opponents – Chargers in week 2, Patriots in week 4 and the Vikings in week 6. The Chiefs, Browns and Bengals provide comic relief at the Nest in the odd weeks. Anyone know who the Browns are starting quarterback is? Will Ochocinco be kicking punts and/or field goals for the Bengals ?
The bye week comes in week 7 and the Ravens return with a home game (another comedy show) against the ill-fated Broncos. Maybe Bronco WR Brandon Marshall will throw another tantrum and suit up for the Ravens?
In weeks 9-11, the Ravens finish off the AFC North weak teams, at the Bengals and Browns, and then Peyton Manning comes to town. 3 winnable games and a primetime appearance on MNF should result in 3 victories.
Post Thanksgiving, the Ravens enter another 6 game stretch of contests against viable contenders and teams on the brink of extinction. Week 12 is the highly anticipated Sunday night game at the Nest against the defending Super Bowl champs Steelers. Turn up the volume and crank the HD because the hits will be heavy on defense for both teams.
The Frozen Tundra (with global warning it might be the Chilled Tundra) is the next stop for a MNF game against the Packers in the first week of December. I am quite sure Under Armour will lace the team with some cold gear and CC (Cam Cameron) will use a heavy dose of his three running backs.
In weeks 14 and 15, the Ravens face two NFC North teams to complete the tri-fecta of games against teams from that conference. “Organized Chaos” will lick their chops against the Lions and make Matthew Stafford wish he was at home with the Georgia Bulldogs. The Bears come to town the following week and the secondary will be tested by Jay Cutler's arm.
The Ravens complete their regular season with the Steelers at the “ketchup bottle.” Apparently, Ozzie convinced the League to not have this game in primetime because of their 0-3 record up on the Three Rivers.
Side note: Should the post season come down to the true last game of the season, the Ravens drop-top ride thorugh Too $hort territory to face the Raiders. By this point, the Raiders coaches will have brawled in the Coliseum, Al Davis will have worn his 100,000th velour track suit with the gazelles looking like an igniter for a brush fire and Goodell will have put a temporary restraining order on the Raiders competing in the NFL.
Here's a summary of the schedule:
8 games vs teams with .500 or better record in '08
8 games vs teams with worse than .500 record in '08
5 games vs 2008 playoff teams
And so on and so forth, let's riiiiide Ravens!
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Written by Lea Anderson