Baltimore Ravens: Super Bowl Victory Could Make Team NFL Best Since 2008

By Eric Smith
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Many people wouldn’t think the Baltimore Ravens would be the best team over the last five years in the NFL. Most would point to the New York Giants, Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers or New Orleans Saints. The Ravens would even be mentioned in the top six.

Reality is if the Ravens win the Super Bowl on Sunday they will not only be mentioned with these teams but possibly should be mentioned as better than them.

Since 2008 when John Harbaugh was hired, the Ravens rank tops in playoff berths (five), playoff games (12), playoff wins (eight), AFC title games (three) and playoff road wins (six). They also rank second in total wins with 62. That’s one shy of New England’s 63.

The one thing they’re missing is the Super Bowl ring. This is their first trip back to the big game since 2000 when they beat the Giants 34-7.

Where would they rank with all those attributes since Harbaugh took over five years ago and now a Lombardi Trophy? They would have to be mentioned with those previously mentioned teams as the best ever since 2000. That would be two Super Bowl rings.

Since 2000, the Ravens rank second in playoff games and wins and third in playoff berths and winning seasons. Only the Colts and Patriots rank narrowly above them.

So why aren’t the Ravens getting any love?

The answer is the lack of Lombardi Trophies and not having superstars on offense. That will change with another championship on Sunday. How can they get overlooked with all of those credentials?

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