Surprisingly, the debate continues
I really thought a resounding win against the Eagles would be enough to convince people that the Ravens are for real, but I've gotten plenty of e-mails and blog comments dismissing yesterday's victory because of the problems the Eagles have had the past two weeks.
Fair enough, I guess, but it's also fair to point out that the "last-place" Eagles would be just a half-game out of first place in a couple of other divisions, and would be in first place in those two divisions with the record they would have if they had won yesterday. So, you have to give the Ravens credit for beating them and beating them soundly.
Sometimes, you have to give a team a break. The rap on the Ravens was that they hadn't beaten any quality teams, but when you're assessing them you have to give them credit for coming very close to beating both the Titans and Steelers earlier this season. With a couple of notable exceptions, they have been highly competitive throughout a season of so-so expectations.
This is a pretty good team that has overcome a league-leading 16 players on injured reserve with a rookie head coach and a rookie quarterback. I'm ready to have a parade down Pratt Street right now, regardless of how the season ends.
To quote one of the truly great, phony musical groups -- The Partridge Family -- "C'mon, get happy!"