Baltimore Ravens fans should panic, but not too much


The Baltimore Ravens have had a rough couple of weeks. It started with the heartbreaking loss to Cincinnati in which the refs blew a call at the end of the game, nullifying the game-winning touchdown by Steve Smith Sr., and ended with getting dominated by the Pittsburgh Steelers on national television. Although they were both on the road and against tough division opponents, the Ravens should have pulled out at least one of those games.

However, they didn’t, and they are now last place in the AFC North for the first time since John Harbaugh and Joe Flacco stepped foot in Baltimore. The losses have left Ravens’ fans out in the cold without much hope. But here’s what I’m going to tell you:

Should the Ravens have won at least one of those games? Yes. But is the season over and should we lose all hope? Absolutely not. And the reason I say that is very simple. If you take a look at the rest of their schedule, winning five games will not be such a difficult task.

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The Ravens host the Tennessee Titans next week before getting a week off on their bye week. They then travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints in what is for sure their toughest game remaining. Other than that, they have Jacksonville, Houston, Cleveland and San Diego at home, and Miami on the road.

They can easily win five of those games and end the season with a 10-6 record. But even if they do make the playoffs, a deep run looks very unlikely at this point. That’s why I came up with the headline that I did.

You should panic a little, because the Ravens have a depleted secondary, and they won’t go very far in the postseason with that group. But at the same time, they are more than capable of making the playoffs.

And it’s not only because of their upcoming schedule. They have a talented team across the board. Justin Forsett has broke out this year at running back, Steve Smith Sr. looks like he is still in his prime, and the front seven has done a terrific job throughout the entire season thus far.

However, with a secondary like that, they probably won’t go too far in the playoffs, unless Joe Flacco puts up another Joe Montana-like performance in all four postseason games. That was a once in a life time performance, so don’t count on it happening again.