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Despite loss, it was a good week for Ravens fans

Too bad the Baltimore Ravens lost 26-21 to the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday Night Football. Had they won, it might have been one of the best weeks of the 2010 season for the team and ts fans. The only thing that would have made it better would have been if the Cleveland Browns had continued their upset streak and have taken care of the New York Jets instead of losing miserably in overtime.

However, the Pittsburgh Steelers took a beating at home from the New England Patriots on national TV, the Washington Redskins received the same treatment from the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Cincinnati Bengals took another butt kicking once again, this time from the Indianapolis Colts.

The Steelers loss drops them back into a tie for first place in the AFC North but the Ravens have the edge by virtue of their victory over them in week four. Even though the New England Patriots won that game and also beat the Ravens, our bigger concern is obviously Pittsburgh, so for one night we all became Patriots fans.

At the same time, it hard to root for the Bengals, much less the Colts, and even though Cincinnati lost, most Ravens fans felt the Bengals are no longer playoff competition and actually wanted to see them beat Indy in their own crib. Alas, that was not to happen but at least one of those hated teams lost.

Finally, the Washington Redskins made a splash on the weekly news by announcing a contract extension for QB Donovan McNabb, including $40 million guaranteed, then promptly went out and got absolutely destroyed by the Philadelphia Eagles, with the QB that Philly decided was more worth keeping than McNabb. Who's laughing now, DC?

Hopefully, week 11 will see the Ravens rebound at the Carolina Panthers, who may be the worst team in the NFL but should not be overlooked, and the competition continues to flounder in both the AFC North and around the conference and league.