Week 2 of the NFL season wrapped up on Monday Night as the Philadelphia Eagles led by rookie quarterback Carson Wentz, defeated the Chicago Bears as former Ravens outside linebacker Pernell McPhee exploded on Bears starting quarterback Jay Cutler after he threw a costly interception late in the 3rd quarter. Poor Jay Cutler.
With that, its time for Week 3's edition of ESPN's Power Rankings as we find a new #1 and #2 team for this week in the Tom Brady-less New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers. For the Baltimore Ravens though, it seems that the team’s incredible comeback win against the Cleveland Browns was not enough for the Ravens to move up just a little bit in the rankings as the team remained at #13.
ESPN's group of more than 80 writers, editors, and TV personalities stated that the Ravens "should be thankful to the schedule makers. After wins against the Bills and Browns to start the season, the Ravens get the Jaguars, Raiders and Redskins the next three weeks, and don't play another division game until week 9." They finished with a positive note by saying "The top of the North just got more crowded."
I got to admit, after seeing the Ravens great come from behind victory after being down 20-2, I thought the team would move up a bit. Not by a lot, but just a few spots up. I understand its the Cleveland Browns, but the Ravens marched a great comeback on the road against a division rival. That say's a lot about a team and its good to have wins like these early in the season because they prepare you for the challenge that's ahead as the season moves forward.
As far as the ESPN panel of writers, editors, and TV personalities saying the Ravens should be "thankful" for their schedule. First of all, boy that was quick of them to turn their backs on the Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders, and Washington Redskins. Weren't they the darlings of the offseason? Second of all, the NFL is a week to week parity. Every team has a shot to win on game day and the Ravens know that better than anyone. As great as the Harbaugh-Flacco era has been, we've seen it too many times where the Ravens plays down to its opponents on the road and lose a game the team should've won.
One of those games was a Monday Night stinker in Jacksonville back in 2011. The Ravens will return to Jacksonville against a much more talented Jaguars team this time around. Not to mention this is a Jaguars team that is desperate for a win after beginning the season 0-2 with so much high expectations. The Jaguars will throw everything and the kitchen sink at the Ravens on Sunday and the Ravens cannot afford another start like last week if the team wants to begin the season 3-0.