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Joe Flacco: Ravens are 9-5 and we feel like 0-14

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The Ravens clinched a playoff berth on Sunday, but no one in Baltimore is in the mood to celebrate.

In fact, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco says that the Ravens are so down about their three-game losing streak, they feel as though they might as well have lost every game all season.

We’re a 9-5 football team, and it feels like we’re 0-14 right now. But that’s just the feeling that you have right after a game like this,” Flacco said.

But Flacco added that he’s confident that the Ravens can turn things around, starting Sunday against the Giants and continuing into the postseason, perhaps all the way to the Super Bowl.

“We believe we’re pretty stand-up guys, tough guys, guys with character,” Flacco said. “We’re going to be able to look at ourselves in the mirror when this thing is all said and done and honestly say that we are those type of guys or that we’re not those type of guys. I believe that we are, and you’re going to be able to see that over the next six, seven weeks, however long we have left. In order to get through this, we have to go home and look in the mirror, first of all, and work as one to get better and win football games. I believe that’s the kind of people we are, and that’s the kind of guys we have and the kind of coaches we have. It’s going to take toughness to get yourself up, pull yourself in there and do the work you need to do in order to give yourself the best chance of winning on Sunday.”

If the Ravens win either of their final two games they’ll win the AFC North and get to open the playoffs at home. But the way the Ravens have been playing lately, it’s fair to wonder whether they can win either of their final two games, against the Giants and Bengals. It wouldn’t be a big surprise if the Ravens double their current losing streak, and a sixth straight loss, in the wild card round of the playoffs, ends their season.

And ending the season on a six-game losing streak would be about as bad as the Ravens have felt since Flacco arrived five years ago.

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82 Responses to “Joe Flacco: Ravens are 9-5 and we feel like 0-14”
  1. ravens205255 says: Dec 17, 2012 1:22 PM

    god we suck

  2. japmen says: Dec 17, 2012 1:25 PM

    Flacco looks like a rookie again. I haven’t seen consistent growth from him since the first year. Now that the defense is awful, nothing is hiding his giant warts. They blamed Cam(for good reason) but Flacco is the other half of that problem. Flacco, yoou looked like the guy leading a 0-14 team yesterday. Shape up or your back home soon.

  3. mjbulls45 says: Dec 17, 2012 1:27 PM

    they need to sign T.O.

  4. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 17, 2012 1:28 PM

    Flacco says, “and you’re going to be able to see that over the next six, seven weeks, however long we have left.”

    Flacco must have the same flu symptons that caused Ed Reed to miss a tackle, except it’s starting to affect his math skills. 2 (weeks) plus 1 (and done) equals 3, not 6 or 7.

  5. daysend564 says: Dec 17, 2012 1:29 PM

    Take the ball out of Flacco’s hands and you’ll get some more wins.

  6. flowadelph says: Dec 17, 2012 1:29 PM

    You looked 0-14

  7. southpaw2k says: Dec 17, 2012 1:30 PM

    Anyone notice how up and down the reigning Super Bowl Champion Giants have been just as equally up and down as the Ravens have been this season? Four of their six losses have been on the road this season, including blow outs at Cincinnati and yesterday in Atlanta. If both the Giants and Ravens are as sluggish next weekend as they had looked yesterday, Sunday’s game could be one ugly mess.

  8. azarkhan says: Dec 17, 2012 1:31 PM

    The happiest man in America on Sunday was Cam Cameron.

  9. malvaren18 says: Dec 17, 2012 1:32 PM

    Good Luck!

  10. vicnocal says: Dec 17, 2012 1:32 PM

    It’s a game of inches. 11 months ago Joe Flacco led the Ravens down the field in the AFC Championship Game, put the ball where Lee Evans should’ve caught it for the win and a trip to the Super Bowl, but Evans didn’t hold on. Their kicker then missed a tying field goal.

    Now, it looks like the Ravens are headed for one-and-done in the playoffs and who knows if Flacco will ever even sniff another Super Bowl appearance.

  11. heydiddlediddlerayriceupthemiddle says: Dec 17, 2012 1:33 PM

    You know what makes me a true fan? Sticking with my team no matter what.

    We’re about to make the playoffs 5 years in a row. Something no other team in the NFL has accomplished in that stretch.

    We’ll get healthy and hopefully put up a decent fight in the playoffs. The injury bug has plauged this season.

  12. ccjcsr says: Dec 17, 2012 1:33 PM

    Flacco is costing himself millions with his subpar play!

  13. 4thand29 says: Dec 17, 2012 1:33 PM

    I’ve always been a Joe Flacco supporter, but this season has really shaken my faith in him. You cannot pin all of the offense’s issues on him — the OL is a sieve, the receivers often cannot get separation, and the play calling has been dreadful — but good QBs are able to carry their team, and he seems completely unable to do so. What’s more, the dude has turned into a turnover machine. The Ravens are going to have a very interesting decision to make on him this offseason. I’m not ready to say yet that they need to cut ties, but they need to at least start exploring other options.

  14. greenbayraven says: Dec 17, 2012 1:33 PM

    I’ve been a Flaaco supporter all along. They deserve all the criticism that comes thier way. Its up to them to turn this around.

  15. sixlombardisinyourface says: Dec 17, 2012 1:34 PM

    “And ending the season on a six-game losing streak would be about as bad as the Ravens have felt since Flacco arrived five years ago.”

    Get ready to feel much much worse Ravens. You’ve shown no signs that you can compete against real playoff caliber teams. Every team has significant injuries by week 16. One And Done – as usual.

  16. nflofficeadmin says: Dec 17, 2012 1:36 PM

    Funny thing is Ravens have the locker room to handle TO… although he’s probably a humbled man.

  17. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Dec 17, 2012 1:36 PM

    It was pretty ugly at the stadium. The fans do not want Cameron back but they seem to have lost their patience with Flacco.

  18. lawful1 says: Dec 17, 2012 1:37 PM

    That’s because you play like you’re in pee wee league.

  19. angrycorgi says: Dec 17, 2012 1:39 PM

    @southpaw2k

    I agree. It could be the battle of two desperate teams playing their worst football of the season. Who wants to watch that??

  20. 4thand29 says: Dec 17, 2012 1:41 PM

    “One And Done – as usual.”

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    I don’t think you know what one and done means. The Ravens haven’t been one and done since 2006.

  21. lennydpocketqb says: Dec 17, 2012 1:42 PM

    But guys, you have to understand the Jim Caldwell is a upgrade. BWAHAHAHAHAHA!

  22. tdshouldbeinthehall says: Dec 17, 2012 1:43 PM

    It Can’t be Flaccos fault, after all he is the best QB in the league.

  23. ratbirdsrule says: Dec 17, 2012 1:44 PM

    Get rid of flacco, ok, then who do you replace him with…he’s still pretty good just needs to be more consistent and improve.

  24. xxsweepthelegxx says: Dec 17, 2012 1:45 PM

    I remember back in week 3 when Flacco put up 380 and 3TDs against a putrid Patriots secondary and everyone thought he was Dan Marino. It’s been a humbling season for him. Hopefully he continues to get better, but for now, he needs to practice on handing the ball off to Rice 25 times a game ala Sanchez

  25. daknight93 says: Dec 17, 2012 1:47 PM

    Ravens made a bad move to Fire Cam at this point of season..it’s not fair to the players who have to learn a new scheme and I knew this move was gonna be a disaster and it showed against Denver…I would think the Ravens would run the offense thru Ray Rice, but sometimes folks screw up the simpliest things..right now, the ravens do suck.

  26. flowadelph says: Dec 17, 2012 1:50 PM

    Cam Cameron and Juan Castillo are flabergast

  27. trojanwarrior007 says: Dec 17, 2012 1:51 PM

    Flacco brought it on himself by playing hardball with Ozzie and the Ravens on a new contract. He’ll be lucky to get 2nd tier QB money with how he’s played recently.

  28. Stiller43 says: Dec 17, 2012 1:52 PM

    Well subtract the two games that the refs blew a call late that would have made the ravens lose (chiefs, chargers), plus a questionable game winning fg (pats), and horrible time management that cost them a shot at a closer game winning fg (dallas), and they could be 5-9…so he’s not far off.

  29. wludford says: Dec 17, 2012 1:53 PM

    They need Ray Lewis back.

  30. southpaw2k says: Dec 17, 2012 1:57 PM

    sixlombardisinyourface says:
    Dec 17, 2012 1:34 PM
    “And ending the season on a six-game losing streak would be about as bad as the Ravens have felt since Flacco arrived five years ago.”

    Get ready to feel much much worse Ravens. You’ve shown no signs that you can compete against real playoff caliber teams. Every team has significant injuries by week 16. One And Done – as usual.

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    Right, because the Ravens sure were one and done in the playoffs last seaso – oh, wait.

  31. heydiddlediddlerayriceupthemiddle says: Dec 17, 2012 2:05 PM

    @sixlombardisinyourface

    What do the Ravens, Browns, and Bengals have in common?

    They all beat the Chargers.

  32. jpeliou says: Dec 17, 2012 2:17 PM

    Looks to me like the Ravens & Steelers are competing with each other to see who can stink it up worse. Pathetic, (And I’m a Steeler fan)

  33. bigbensbasturdson says: Dec 17, 2012 2:21 PM

    What do you think about bringing Mike Vick in on a one year deal and make him compete with the franchised Joe Flacco? With his play this year I don’t see us signing him to a long-term deal.

  34. kenstabler says: Dec 17, 2012 2:21 PM

    So strange, Flacco looked like the second coming of Joe Montana at the first part of the season, and now this disintegration. Actually the whole team has fallen apart, it’s hard to watch.

  35. ravensdominate says: Dec 17, 2012 2:22 PM

    Stoller43, the steelers are 2 games back. So if we’re that bad what does that make you???

  36. jimmysee says: Dec 17, 2012 2:30 PM

    Only the Loins were 0-14!

  37. randallflagg52 says: Dec 17, 2012 2:30 PM

    Stiller43 says:
    Dec 17, 2012 1:52 PM
    Well subtract the two games that the refs blew a call late that would have made the ravens lose (chiefs, chargers), plus a questionable game winning fg (pats), and horrible time management that cost them a shot at a closer game winning fg (dallas), and they could be 5-9…so he’s not far off.

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    Right, and the Steelers didn’t squeak out any wins this year? The Ravens stayed mentally tough in those games and won, meanwhile your soft cream puff steelers blew games against Oakland, Cleveland, Dallas, San Diego, Denver, Tennessee (HAHA) and Baltimore. Most of those were pretty embarrassing losses like Ben choking and launching that INT to Dallas yesterday.

  38. ColfaxDenver says: Dec 17, 2012 2:31 PM

    Excuses excuses….

    The Broncos are just a far better team. Every team has major injuries on there team, it’s week 14.

  39. afreak2u says: Dec 17, 2012 2:32 PM

    Maybe they shouldn’t have fired the offensive coordinator maybe they should have fired the whole offense

  40. jjackwagon says: Dec 17, 2012 2:33 PM

    Every year we hear about how the Ravens D is starting to look old and slow, and yet they make the playoffs. Yesterday the two oldest and slowest weren’t even on the field but Denver made the rest look old and slow.

  41. mavajo says: Dec 17, 2012 2:36 PM

    I never bought into Flacco. He and Sanchez both got WAY too much praise for their overall team success. There’s a difference between being a catalyst for that success, and just being along for the ride. Those two were just along for the ride.

  42. ravenator says: Dec 17, 2012 2:49 PM

    Last time I checked the purpose of the regular season was to earn a playoff birth. At 9-5, Ravens have done just that. What about the steelers? I guess those silly steeler fans are more proud of missing the playoffs entirely as they currently have a .500 record. That my friends, is just pathetic.

  43. caseyinkc says: Dec 17, 2012 2:51 PM

    To all you complaining Ravens fans: The chiefs would gladly take a QB like Flacco. Please send him our way!

  44. electionconfidential says: Dec 17, 2012 2:54 PM

    If you watched the game you know it really wasn’t as close as the score indicates. The Broncos started taking the air out of the ball in the 3rd Qtr. up 31-3. This was a really bad passing performance by Flacco. He just can’t seem to get it to the receivers. As many times as he overthrew the ball he was lucky he didn’t get picked off 3 or 4 times.

    The Ravens have some serious rebuilding to do (and healing up).

  45. blahblahblah1313 says: Dec 17, 2012 3:00 PM

    While I agree Flacco is mediocre at best what people fail to realize is that most QB’s/football players or people in general are mediocre at best. Especially those of you writing into this thread to bash someone who plays a sport for a living. Where do you “rate” where you work. If you have a job that is…are you in your workplaces equivalent of the Super Bowl every year? I think not. Get a life ,enjoy sports for what theyare and quit criticizing people and things you really know nothing about

  46. jpeliou says: Dec 17, 2012 3:07 PM

    ravensdominate:
    Hate to say it but does the word “putrid” cover it? Totally embarrassing. Especially after the Chargers were destroyed yesterday by that southern powerhouse (heavy on the sarcasm).

  47. overratedsteelerhater says: Dec 17, 2012 3:09 PM

    better than none and done !!!

  48. ravenator says: Dec 17, 2012 3:23 PM

    Why do steeler fans talk? One word, scoreboard. What’s your record? Ah, that’s right, it’s worse than the Ravens. Now hush!

  49. ravenator says: Dec 17, 2012 3:25 PM

    Steeler fans talking after turning in a 7-7 record through 14 games! Hah! That’s truly the definition of an elite team. Wait wasn’t Ben supposed to take this team to the playoffs? That pick sure looked like all the problems were solved. Pathetic. So are there fans.

  50. beauregard says: Dec 17, 2012 3:38 PM

    A lot of teams feel that way after playing Peyton Manning and the Denver D.

  51. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 17, 2012 3:41 PM

    This just goes to show how a great defense can hide some of the problems of an offense. When you are constantly getting the ball back with short fields Flacco looked good to great. But now the vaunted Raven’s D just isn’t what it once was and the offense just isn’t good enough to keep up.

    Like someone said earlier, he should have signed after that week one shelacking of Cincy, he has probably lost millions.

  52. philswfc08 says: Dec 17, 2012 3:46 PM

    Lots of Ravens fans on here blinded by Steeler hate. AFC is only a 2 horse race…Pats & Broncos. Right now, I think Bengals are better than both Ravens & Steelers. They could upset someone in playoffs, but doubtful they could win multiple games on road in playoffs.

  53. jbaxt says: Dec 17, 2012 3:55 PM

    If the Flaccos feel 0-14, as a Chiefs fan I feel the league should disband the entire Chiefs organization. I’m too loyal to be smart enough to see that management simply doesn’t care. Guess it could be worse, I could like Hockey.

  54. mostlombardisintheleague says: Dec 17, 2012 3:55 PM

    Ben Roethlisberger and/or the Steelers have nothing to prove at this point – He/they have played in three Superbowls in the last eight seasons the most recent being only four seasons ago. The Superbowl is the epitome of the season – not the playoffs, not winning your division. By the time Ben had as much time in the NFL that Flacco has, he reached the Superbowl twice. It’s been twelve seasons since Baltimore appeared in the Superbowl. The Ravens are clearly lagging light years behind Pittsburgh and always will, especially as Flacco’s demise continues as it is.

  55. bullcharger says: Dec 17, 2012 4:02 PM

    The Ravens panicked when they didn’t need to. Firing Cameron now was a bad move. They should have let it ride through the end of the year. They still can get it together. Win their last two and get into the playoffs on a high note. If they beat the Giants they will almost elimiate the Giants playoff chances.

  56. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Dec 17, 2012 4:04 PM

    heydiddlediddlerayriceupthemiddle says:
    Dec 17, 2012 1:33 PM

    We’re about to make the playoffs 5 years in a row. Something no other team in the NFL has accomplished in that stretch.

    We’ll get healthy and hopefully put up a decent fight in the playoffs. The injury bug has plauged this season.
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    Don’t follow football close do ya? Patriots went to the playoffs in ’03, ’04, ’05, ’06, ’07. That’s 5 years in a row but I guess you’re not counting them?

  57. ishudbgm says: Dec 17, 2012 4:12 PM

    Matt Ryan feels like Joe Flacco is being criticized unfairly!!

  58. nite2al says: Dec 17, 2012 4:14 PM

    Flacco gets all of the blame when they lose and none when they win. The Ravnes ran the ball a lot in the second half of the Redskins game and still lost. The Ravens offense, under Cameron has a lot pass plays that are more difficult to complete when compared to the average NFL offense. Flacco doesn’t throw 6 yard pass plays 50 times a games like Tom Brady. Just look at the passes he asked complete in a typical game and you will see. This is the same guy who was one drop pass from the Superbowl a year ago. He’s not the best, but good enough to win it all!

  59. cardmagnet says: Dec 17, 2012 4:14 PM

    If they had started the season with Jim Caldwell, they would be 0-14!

  60. ballinmore says: Dec 17, 2012 4:16 PM

    Hey the Broncos are good. Flacco has been awful and it’s evident. For what’s left of the defense I thought they played well the first half and that pick 6 changed it all. It’s a depleted group that caused some three and outs and was getting some decent pressure. Tough to put the blame on anyone but Joe, the quarterback for that showing.

  61. guitarkevin says: Dec 17, 2012 4:24 PM

    The Ravens O-Line sucks, plain and simple. Fix that and Joe plays much better.

  62. worldchampsbaby says: Dec 17, 2012 4:50 PM

    Typically,at this stage of the season when two potential playoff teams meet,the comment is “who wants it more”.With the Ravens and Giants,”it’s who wants it less”

  63. phillipian says: Dec 17, 2012 5:03 PM

    I don’t ever want to hear Joe Flacco compared to Matt Ryan again. While Matty Ice still has work to do, Joe Flacco is not even in the same hemisphere as Ryan. Flacco has not won playoff games – he has been on teams that have won playoff games in spite of him.

  64. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Dec 17, 2012 5:08 PM

    Right now the Ravens are headed to the playoffs with zero momentum. A big win against the Giants at home this week could help them get their MOJO back.

  65. mandtdefelice says: Dec 17, 2012 5:12 PM

    Hey Steeler haters…Pittsburgh can get a playoff spot by winning last 2 at home. Will they? That’s another topic. Let’s not annoint the Bengals just yet.

  66. dirtybirds233 says: Dec 17, 2012 5:17 PM

    I’m just happy that the whole Ryan vs Flacco argument can be settled. Unless you base QB skill soley off playoff wins (looking at you Stephen A.) but then in that case you’d have to believe that Tim Tebow’s better than Matt Ryan right? Or that Trent Dilfer is equal to Peyton Manning because they have the same number of rings. Yeah didnt think so.

  67. wirelessguy22 says: Dec 17, 2012 5:30 PM

    If I’m on the outside looking in,..which team do I want to take/purchase (take price tag out). It’s Steelers hands down:

    - Franchise QB – check
    - Quality coordinators – check
    - HC – check. JH is not fair behind MT, but JH acts too small at times. MT gets the nod.
    - Front office – check. it’s a real push though. Ozz and Colbert are good.

    Both defenses are aging. Ray is out of dances/fire brimstone speeches to save this.

    RR gets pushed around when he is asked to pass block and gets doubled teamed when he comes out of the backfiled…was Cam trying to addres that?…..why can’t JH fix that?

    It’s not even close.

  68. southpaw2k says: Dec 17, 2012 5:45 PM

    goodellisruiningtheleague says:
    Dec 17, 2012 4:04 PM
    heydiddlediddlerayriceupthemiddle says:
    Dec 17, 2012 1:33 PM

    We’re about to make the playoffs 5 years in a row. Something no other team in the NFL has accomplished in that stretch.

    We’ll get healthy and hopefully put up a decent fight in the playoffs. The injury bug has plauged this season.
    ———————————————

    Don’t follow football close do ya? Patriots went to the playoffs in ’03, ’04, ’05, ’06, ’07. That’s 5 years in a row but I guess you’re not counting them?
    ————————————————–

    I think he was referring to the last five seasons, dating back to 2008.

  69. steelcurtainn says: Dec 17, 2012 5:58 PM

    0-14 is not accurate….How about more like 0-3 which is what they’ll be their next 3 games right on out the playoffs.

  70. orenthal says: Dec 17, 2012 6:10 PM

    Flacco is not a very good quarterback but to be fair the ravens coaches are awful when it comes to playcalling. Ray rice was essentially nonexistent in the 4th quarter against the redskins. They could definitely try moving torrey smith around seeing as he is the only wr who can get some separation. They have no creativity in their offense whatsoever. Against a team with a bad secondary like the redskins the passing game can look good but no serious playoff team will be worried to play the ravens. For years they’ve coasted on offense bc their defense held the opposition and was good for some points pretty regularly. Now that they’re banged up on defense, the offense not being able to carry its own is more glaring than usual.

  71. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 17, 2012 6:17 PM

    The ravens are what we thought they were…toast. One and done….pathetic

  72. mogogo1 says: Dec 17, 2012 6:27 PM

    The Cameron firing only made sense if they had a viable option to replace him…but they really didn’t. Their entire premise was “absolutely anybody can call plays better than Cam Cameron.” They seemed intent Sunday on disproving that.

  73. barbasol11111111 says: Dec 17, 2012 6:27 PM

    Character is great, talent would be better, joe.

  74. nicepak381 says: Dec 17, 2012 7:13 PM

    I don’t like the Ravens, especially since the Pats got robbed down there earlier this year, but, they have been devastated with injuries since then and that makes it hard to compete. I think Flacco is a pretty good QB going through a difficult time.

  75. darkglobe1 says: Dec 17, 2012 8:09 PM

    Raven fans = happy to make the plaoffs

    Steeler fans = happy to win the Super Bowl

    See the difference? Losers are happy just making the playoffs.

  76. steeltuff says: Dec 17, 2012 8:14 PM

    Let’s face it: the AFC North ain’t what it used to be. Neither Joe Flacco nor Mike Wallace are going to get their big contracts; Ray Lewis and James Harrison are just a shell of what they once were. The Bengals have the best chance of winning in the playoffs.

  77. greenbayraven says: Dec 17, 2012 9:08 PM

    caseyinkc says:Dec 17, 2012 2:51 PM

    To all you complaining Ravens fans: The chiefs would gladly take a QB like Flacco. Please send him our way!

    This pretty much sums it up, we raven fans need to get a grip. just gotta win and it will get better!

  78. greenbayraven says: Dec 17, 2012 9:16 PM

    caseyinkc says:Dec 17, 2012 2:51 PM

    To all you complaining Ravens fans: The chiefs would gladly take a QB like Flacco. Please send him our way!

    Definetly a game of inches, Brady gets the benefit of the tuck rule and big time Vinatieri kicks. Roethlisburger rides a stacked team and bad officiating in 2005, Santonio Holmes great catch in 2008. The line between those who do and those who dont is razor thin. Joe is good enough to get us there IMHO but he definetly needs to step it up. I believe he is missing a great opportunity to take over this team.

  79. david37499 says: Dec 17, 2012 10:23 PM

    The defense stinks,the offensive line can’t give Flacco time to do anything. And it’s all flaccos fault. Amazing! The Ravens have been in the play offs 4 years in a row. Do you know how many teams don’t even know what a play off is! Then fans are spoiled and need to stand by there team and quit crying. They should be glad we even have a team!

  80. msstiller58 says: Dec 17, 2012 11:54 PM

    Won’t find any Ravens fans on here trying to build up their team. They are too busy repeatedly bashing the Steelers elsewhere. Hello. The Steelers aren’t the only team that lost Sunday.

  81. yyyass says: Dec 18, 2012 10:14 AM

    I think Flacco is a pretty good QB going through a difficult time.
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    It’s called a career.

  82. lovefootball4life says: Dec 19, 2012 10:39 AM

    msstiller58 says: Dec 17, 2012 11:54 PM

    Won’t find any Ravens fans on here trying to build up their team. They are too busy repeatedly bashing the Steelers elsewhere. Hello. The Steelers aren’t the only team that lost Sunday.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    What’s a Steeler fan doing here bashing other teams and why aren’t you somewhere else building up your own team? Shees.

    Ravens are in trouble. If they don’t figure out how to put it together and get momentum in the next two games it will be very difficult. I’m skeptical it can be done, there is just too much broken. I’m a Ravens fan.

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