The Baltimore Ravens enter another season having to prove to the rest of the NFL world that they are a good team. Yeah, I know it sounds funny that the defending Super Bowl champions are pretty much ruled out of any playoff discussions, but that is the way it has always been in Ravens’ nation.
Since 2000, the Ravens have 14 playoff wins (second most in the NFL in that time), two Super Bowl trophies and nine playoff appearances. But over the years, that doesn’t seem to be good enough to prove that the organization has staying-power. Ravens’ running back Ray Rice can’t quite put his finger on why the Ravens are always underrated.
“There’s something about the Ravens, something about us [that] we’ve always been underdogs,” Rice noted via Baltimoreravens.com.
The Ravens open up the season against the Denver Broncos as a -7.5-point underdog. No problem, according to Ravens’ quarterback Joe Flacco, who believes due to the fact that it is the first game of the year, you can’t put too much stock into it.
“It’s the first game of the year; nobody really knows what kind of teams people are,” Flacco noted via Baltimoreravens.com. “We feel like we’re good, we feel like they’re pretty good, and yes, we’re going to have to go play a good game. … We feel like we have a good team and our chances are always pretty good.”
While Flacco says that, I’m sure the team behind closed doors is using every bit of the disrespect card, and the us-against-the-world mentality to their advantage. To tell you the truth, this could be the best thing that could ever happen to the Ravens. Usually defending Super Bowl champions don’t have a lot of motivations entering the season because everyone pretty much crowned them as to how good they are.
Well, for the Ravens, people have used the offseason to describe what everything the Ravens are not as they keep talking about the players the Ravens lost in free agency in which will cause them to struggle. That storyline is played-out, and people need to understand that the Ravens will use this as motivation, and they aren’t going anywhere.