We won. Yay team… Okay, now the “real” games start.
Ed Reed. The guy is just an animal; a beast. Yeah, he is old, lost some of his make-up speed, but he also makes his own opportunities. And is still one of the best at his position. The flea-flicker TE screen –a little surprised to see them pull out a trick so I believe this was more of an experiment to see if it would work. I have a feeling that is not the only version of that and that there are several other versions/plays they can run off of that.
I have no gruff with the overall vanilla gameplan heading into the playoffs.
And finally- PURPLE CRUSH!!!! What a season for a guy that a mere four months ago, we were debating the merits of making the team or not... But, its the results and not the process that matters and he has truly had a career year! Congrats on the NFL record!
Injuries. Too many, and they may ultimately be our downfall. The half-hearted effort. Would have like to have seen them go up on the Bungles by 17 to 21 points by halftime and then take the rest of the day off…
Penalties, ball security and just general lack of focus. Yes, I know, end of season, game really didn't matter, the bungles, but at least show a little pride.
And what was the deal with keeping Boldin in to block on a passing play…?? That was bizzaro… If they were trying setup a screen of some fashion, okay, but it certainly didn’t look like it, on that play. I am all for vanilla gameplans, but that is ridiculous…
The defense not getting off the field. Even with the half-hearted effort and the fact the game really would not have changed anything one way or the other ultimately (and the players I think knew that before halftime with the way the Squeelers game was going), the defense should have stopped them a little more frequently. They allowed far too many third and fourth down conversions –long ones also. 76 –that is how many snaps the defense took –way too many.
Let us face it, had Shitser, or whoever the Bungles kicker is, not missed that FG, that game goes into overtime. How many more Ravens get injured in overtime?
On to Kansas City. The good news is, as bad as the Ravens looked, the Chiefs looked even worse -at least we won our game, and that is all that really matters at the end of the day.
As it is a Sunday game, we will know who our next opponent will be, should we win, based on Saturday night’s outcome of Jets-Dolts. Will actually be rooting for the Jets as they are the only playoff team we can host in the AFC Championship game, if we make it that far.