What must the Ravens do to have a successful second half?
OK, I think we can all admit this now.
The Bengals are a lot better than we thought. Even better than they looked last time around. There were only five bar patrons this weekend that predicted a Bengals win.
CB, Mike B., Steven and Rich all get a free drink chip for picking the right winner. And T.J. gets a free drink tab all week for his guess: 24-13 Bengals. It was the closest to the 17-7 outcome.
Here comes the tough part. I’m not really sure what to say here about Sunday’s loss. They simply looked like an overmatched team.
The Ravens have dropped to 4-4 and don’t have an easy road ahead. They have to play the Pittsburgh Steelers twice, as well as the Indianapolis Colts, Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears.
They do face a trifecta of bad teams – and must wins – against Cleveland, Detroit and Oakland.
So they need to win those, at least split with the Steelers and then win two of three against the Colts, Bears and Packers to get to 10-6.
It can be done. But the Bengals are in the driver’s seat and the Steelers are riding shotgun. So the Ravens have to excel in the second half to make it to the playoffs.
There’s definitely a lot of season left. But even the most optimistic Ravens fans have to be disappointed in the first half. The question is can they do enough to make the playoffs?
Or maybe the real question is what must they do on the field to make the playoffs?
Daily Think Special: What must the Ravens do to have a successful second half?