Ravens robbed (Part Deux)
The Ravens ended up on the victim of another costly penalty flag, but -- as many Ravens have pointed out here -- the Tennessee Titans were still deep in their own territory when that phantom head slap kept their final touchdown drive alive. There were plenty of other junctures in the game when they could have stored up some acorns on the scoreboard and made that call less important.
And for all you Titans fans who felt like your team got the wrong end of a personal foul call in the first half, spare me. The Titans secondary was cheap-shotting Derrick Mason all day long and the Ravens didn't get 15 yards when Joe Flacco got slammed to the ground after a play was whistled dead for encroachment. Hmmmm.
I'm not insinuating that the refs have it out for the Ravens, though I'm sure it must seem like that sometimes. The officials try hard to get every call right. They're human. It's just hard to look at it that way when you know that loss could be the difference between the Ravens being a playoff contender and an AFC North also-ran.
The way I've always looked at this year's schedule, the Ravens need to go at least 5-3 through the first half of the schedule to entertain any hope of making a playoff run. The loss yesterday leaves them needing to win three of their next four, which is a pretty tall order with three of their next four games on the road starting with Sunday's game at Indianapolis.
The second half is going to be a tall order no matter what, with those four games against the beasts of the NFC East.