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Week 2: Ravens vs Rams–Out for Blood
Posted By Frank Sullivan On Sep 23 2011 @ 10:11 am In Baltimore Ravens | No Comments
Last week was embarrassing, but predictable. The high the Ravens were on was bound to carry over into the next game, regardless of how many veterans and leaders are with the team. Beating the Steelers is what the Ravens worked towards all off-season and when they took care of business in Week 1 it set them up for failure in Week 2.
Going to Tennessee was an opportunity for Baltimore, not only improve to 2-0 on the season, but to build on great momentum. They looked all but unbeatable against the Steelers; forcing turnovers (7) and scoring seemingly at will. After the game (a 26-13 loss) the Ravens had few answers, and were looking simply to move on.
“That’s how football is in this league. We’re working to the point where we can go out there every single week and just roll over opponents. But we’re not there yet. We’re trying, but we’re not there yet.” Coach John Harbaugh said following the loss to the Titans.
Still, the NFL is a league predicated on the what have you done for me lately mindset. With the Week 2 loss squarely in their rear view mirror, the Ravens will look to rebound, get better, and take out any frustrations on the lowly Rams.
“That is one thing that I have always liked about our team — we always bounce back,” Ray Lewis, the unquestioned leader of the Ravens, said this week after practice. Nothing could be truer of the Ravens. Since 2009, after losing a game, the Ravens are 8-0 the following week; that’s just one of the many things that should scare the Rams.
After giving up 432 total yards (357 through the air) the Ravens defense should be angry. An angry Ray Lewis is something that has scared quarterbacks for the last twelve years, but Rams QB Sam Bradford should be especially frightened; he’s without his favorite target (WR Danny Amendola) and star RB Steven Jackson.
Following a horrid performance against the Giants on Monday night (a 28-16 loss) the Rams get a short week to game plan for the Ravens. A short week against any team is hard, but for the young Rams this week may be painful to watch come Sunday. They’re banged up, 0-2, and have shown the inability to score touchdowns in the red zone. These Rams have the look of a team in flux, still finding its identity; the Ravens aren’t a team you want to play when you’re still finding yourself.
Last week’s performance can be written off as an anomaly; a loss on the road after a big win against a rival, it happens. Look for the Ravens to bounce back in a big way against the Rams on Sunday.
Ravens 31-Rams 14
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