Are the Ravens this good?
Now, that one was easy.
I know there were several of you that were slightly worried that the Ravens could experience a letdown against an inferior Cleveland Browns team.
They did; they allowed a field goal. They should be ashamed.
Seriously, the final was 34-3, more of a blowout than most of you blowout predictors had anticipated (including myself).
Drew Johnston gets a free drink chip for his 34-6 prediction. Ed gets one, too, for his 31-3 guess.
They aren’t the big winners, though. This week’s free (and fake) bar tab goes to Tay Dizzle, and not just because he has a cool name.
Tay Dizzle went with 31-3, Ravens. But he also called the tiebreaker, predicting Willis McGahee would be the hero of the game. Drew and Ed were thinking running back, but went with Ray Rice.
Plenty of heroes on Sunday, but McGahee ran for two TDs and nearly 10 yards a carry.
So drink up Tay Dizzle.
As for the rest of you, I have a simple question: Are the Ravens this good?
They are 3-0 and look much improved offensively. Their defense is still fierce against the run, and perhaps their pass defense – four picks Sunday – is getting it together.
I know any NFL team can beat any other on any Sunday, but, be honest. Even the most pessimistic Ravens’ fan had to expect the team to be 2-1, at the worst, at this point. And the San Diego Chargers, with their injuries last week, weren’t as good as everyone expected heading into the season.
So the real test comes next week, when the Ravens travel to New England. If they can beat the Patriots, and then the Cincinnati Bengals and Minnesota Vikings, they would head into the bye week 6-0 and arguably be considered the NFL’s best team in 2009.
That will be the week to truly evaluate. But what about now? Are the Ravens as good as they have looked so far? Or is their unblemished record more of a by-product of the teams they have played.
I am thinking it’s a combination of both.
Daily Think Special: Are the Ravens this good?