Through nine games in the 2013 one thing has become apparent to me: that this Ravens squad isn’t going to just drastically change this season and become a high octane offense or magically figure out how to start fast. And frankly, that is okay. This team sits at (4-5) in a division that is still up for grabs and have three more divisional games to continue to close the gap. These next four games, three of which are at home, are going to be crucial for this team as they play four teams they are capable of beating.
The thing is, though, that we don’t know which Ravens team will show up. Will it be the team that showed up in the first half yesterday? Or the one that showed up in the second half of yesterday. Will it be the defense that couldn’t stop Peyton Manning at all? Or the defense that made Andy Dalton look like a college quarterback? Is it possible we may see a Joe Flacco performance reminiscent to his playoff play last year? Or another stinker game like he had yesterday?
The truth is that we don’t know what to expect from this team. There is no way to expect this run game to improve over the next seven games, but with winter weather coming, they will be handing the ball off more no matter what. It is time for Ravens fans to accept this team for what they are and what they are capable of. They are an inconsistent team that has been unable to win close games, while they are capable of being a punishing defense with a Super Bowl winning quarterback who can sling it. Until we see 60 minutes of good football in consecutive weeks, then we have to just accept that we won’t know what to expect from these Ravens come their next game. That is okay, for now, as they continue to stay in the playoff hunt. If they don’t qualify for the playoffs, then all the questions can start to be asked, and at that time, there will need to be answers.