Baltimore Ravens in a tough spot after record loss

12/23/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsOn Sunday against the New England Patriots at the M&T Bank Stadium, the Baltimore Ravens did not seem a team and were all performing without any direction and the overall gameplay was terrible. And all that contributed to a humiliating loss of 41-7 and nothing they tried, if they did, stopped it. With the loss history and the defending Super Bowl champions having nowhere to hide, the Ravens seemed like an entire team on uncharted territory.
Ravens coach head John Harbaugh has always had a plan to get the team through even when the tough times hit hard and they have no idea what to do. This time it seems even he is stumped as the team does not know what to do next and where to take themselves from this position.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said that it was unfamiliar to them to rely on other circumstances to make it to the playoffs, as they have not missed them since 2008.
"I don't think we've ever needed some help and a win. We've always kind of controlled our own destiny. We've had to win in the last game of the season against the Bengals to get ourselves into the playoffs.,” Flacco said. “We've had to win to win the division, I think, once. But we've never had to rely on anything else.''
Ravens right guard Marshal Yanda said that such situations occurred when the team could not play well during the mid of regular season and then the fight comes down to the bitter end to make it or lose it all.
"That's what happens when you stumble a little bit during the regular season, you come to the end and you have to fight your way into the playoffs. That's what we're having to do, and it's not easy,” he said. “We didn't get it done today, and now it's a must-win for Sunday and then we need to get some help from somebody. But we've got to beat Cincinnati first, so let's give them their respect. They're playing well.''
The Ravens might or might not make it. But for now, they will have to address what went horribly wrong and will have to repair their holes and fast if they want to be prepared for what comes next.
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