Since 2000, the Baltimore Ravens have, without a doubt, been an elite team in the NFL. Since 2000, the Ravens have 14 playoff wins, nine playoff appearances, four division titles, and two Super Bowl trophies. But no matter what year it has been, over that time, the perception of the Ravens has always been average.
People in the national media and fans of other teams in the NFL always seem to look at the Ravens as a simple team to beat. People generally say, “While the Ravens have a defense, their offense isn’t much to write home about, so they shouldn’t be that hard to beat.”
Everyone has a plan, until they get hit in the face. In the case of the Ravens, that comes literally to the core.
When I look at this 2013 season, yes, the Ravens haven’t looked great at times, especially in the running game on offense. But during this four-game winning streak, I have heard a lot of chatter about how people are surprised that the Ravens are in the hunt.
Really? People are shocked that the defending Super Bowl champions are still in the hunt? People made a big deal about Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and Anquan Boldin leaving, that they couldn’t imagine a scenario where the Ravens would still be alive for a playoff run.
Once again, the Ravens prove a lot of people wrong. But I’m sure that the underdog status for the Ravens will never change. People just love to doubt them, and I think the Ravens like it that way.
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