Ravens have the right answer
Joe Flacco answered another in a series of questions that will confront him during his development into a top-flight NFL quarterback. With some motivational help from undisputed team leader Ray Lewis, he brought the Ravens back from a substantial deficit against a divisional rival on the road.
No, it wasn't the Steelers, but the Cleveland Browns have been playing a lot of teams very tough this year, and the Ravens are in the midst of a stretch during which they are playing five of six games on the road. They've responded with three straight wins and can make another major statement if they can win their third straight game on the road at Houston next week.
If it seems like every game gets tagged as the one that will determine whether the Ravens are a potential playoff team, it's not your imagination. If the Ravens beat the Texans, they'll be a very solid 6-3 going into the final road game in that grueling span -- against the imposing New York Giants.
I suppose it would be fatalistic to say they could afford to lose that game if they win in Houston, but let's put it another way. If they lose to the Texans, then the Giants game could be a make-or-break situation with a string of other tough opponents to follow.
This much is pretty clear. If Terrell Suggs (right) can score a touchdown a game, I like their chances.
Baltimore Sun photo by Elizabeth Malby