Before Sunday night”s embarrassing 34-14 loss to the San Diego Chargers, Baltimore appeared to be the most complete team in the AFC and looked to be as good a bet as anyone to emerge as the AFC’s Super Bowl team.
“Championship teams don’t take a step back,” Ravens linebacker Terrell Sugg said afterward, via CSNBaltimore.com. “It’s a reality check. You don’t show up to play in a big game like this, you get your ass whipped.”
Currently, the Ravens sit half a game behind Pittsburgh, who play the 49ers tonight, in the AFC North. Just like that, Baltimore has gone from controlling their own destiny and having a good shot at locking up home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs, to now having a good chance at a wild card.
That”s the difference between getting a first-round bye and needing to win twice at home to get to the Super Bowl and having to win three consecutive road games to get to the Super Bowl.
In any case, performances like the Ravens had last night just won”t cut it whether they are playing at home or on the road. Over the final two regular season games, it will be imperative for the Ravens to tighten up the loose ends in their play, and that starts this Saturday when the Cleveland Browns come to town.