Just watching ESPN2 this morning, specifically Mike & Mike (on ESPN!). They were going over the NFL games for week 2 of the 2009 season and when Mike Greenberg and Mark Schlereth finished their games they were reviewing, it came to Mike Golic to review the Baltimore Ravens at the San Diego Chargers battle coming up Sunday afternoon.
Golic said the San Diego defense gave up a lot of yards to the Oakland Raiders last week, but the Ravens defense also gave up a lot of points to the Kansas City Chiefs. Now, we could give him a pass if he were to say that the points that the defense actually gave up was considered "a lot" by Ravens' standards, as opposed to just "a lot."
If Golic had bothered to see the game, or perhaps even look at the drive-by-drive charts, he would have seen a defense that shut down the Chiefs' offense, allowing only 188 total yards. Seven of those yards came on a TD drive after an interception return set up the Chiefs offense on the Ravens seven yard line. Fifty more of those yards came on one pass play. The Chiefs were 2 of 12 on third downs and only gained 29 yards on the ground all day long.
Golic said the Ravens defense needs to play a lot better against the Chargers and the game will come down to the Ravens defense against the Chargers offense. While the defense will need to step it up against a much more potent offense in San Diego's, the Chargers will certainly now be facing a much better offense in the Ravens than they did in the Raiders.
Get in the game, Golic!
PS - Golic just added a late comment that he was getting a lot of calls about the Ravens defense playing well and was man enough to admit he was wrong and the Baltimore defense played "well." Fair enough, Golic.