As the Ravens attempt to upset the Patriots at Foxborough during the postseason for the second time in three years, the road team is a bit rankled by an actual or perceived lack of respect.
Sal Paolantonio of ESPN reports that there is “lingering anger and resentment” among the Ravens, arising from the questions raised by a closer-than-expected win last Sunday over the Texans. Per Paolantonio, the flight from Baltimore was “uncommonly quiet” as the players presumably stewed about the manner in which they are viewed.
“Everybody counts us out in this game, and we’re going to prove everybody wrong,” an unnamed player told Paolantonio.
That’s fine, but the Ravens shouldn’t forget that the problems were exacerbated by an exasperated Ed Reed, who called out six days ago not only quarterback Joe Flacco for holding the ball too long but also the offensive line for not doing a good enough job blocking those Houston headhunters.
But, hey, if the narrative that no one on the outside believes in the Ravens gets the players appropriately worked up, who cares if there’s a fairly significant chapter that conflicts with the story to which the Ravens are sticking?