Yeah, you read that headline right. After the Baltimore Ravens 34-17 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, that knocked them out of playoff contention, I was bummed out for all of five seconds. It was like a light bulb went off in my head, I came to the realization that I don’t have to watch this banged up mediocre team anymore. I can never remember a time like this where I was actually relieved that the Ravens didn’t make the playoffs, perhaps I should explain why and maybe some of you irrational fans will feel a little better in the process.
Let’s face facts; this 2013 Ravens team wasn’t that good. The offensive line was terrible for pretty much the whole year (starting LG Kelechi Osemele was out for the whole second half of the season), there was no running game to speak of (Ray Rice was clearly not himself), the defense couldn’t get clutch stops when they needed them and Joe Flacco got beat up more than Jesse Pinkman did on Breaking Bad.
Sure, it would have been nice to make the playoffs for a sixth year in a row, but did anyone think the Ravens actually had a shot of repeating as the No. 6 seed. That would have likely included a run of three straight road games against the Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos and New England Patriots. Sorry, but a banged up Flacco with no running game and playing behind that O-Line wouldn’t have been able to hang with those teams like in last years run.
Now, the Ravens can get healthy in the offseason and they’ll finally have a first-round pick within the top 20. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’ll gladly take an 8-8 season after a Super Bowl title. The last time the Ravens missed the playoffs they got Flacco and Rice in the same draft. They also drafted Terrell Suggs and Haloti Ngata after non-playoff seasons. Yes, 2013 kind of sucked, but the Ravens should be back in the playoffs in no time, quite possibly in 2014.
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