If you've read any previous articles of mine, you know I tend to be big on numbers, stats, and diving indepth to break down every Ravens game. As as much as I love my stats, they all fail me today after watching this game. There are only three sets of numbers that matter to me today 31-26, 52, and 2-0.
Was it pretty? No. Was it a game that you felt was in the bag at any point during the game? No. But a win is a win is a win. Forget the score and look at the statistics. Imagine a scenario in which the Ravens win this game. I'll wait.
I can't do it either. But a win it was and a big win against a tough conference opponent on the road. Like any fan, when the schedule came out I went up and down marking what I thought would be wins and losses. From the day the schedule came out, right up to right 33 seconds left in the fourth quarter today I thought this game would be a loss.
Teams going across the country and playing on the road do not have a very high win percentage. I would look up the number, but like I said, stats have no place in this article as much as it pains me to say it.
Nothing about this game made sense, the defense looked like they lost a step from the opponents half-yard line to their own 20. They then looked like a Super Bowl caliber defense as soon as the Chargers crossed into the Red Zone. The offense was engaged in yet another shoot out, and came out victorious again.
This is a Ravens team that is becoming an offense first team, and as much as I was questioned for saying that after last weeks win, it is even more obvious after the game last weekend.
Even though the offense was again the story, Ray Lewis came up huge on the most pivotal play of the game. After harassing the center of the Chargers offensive line all day, he came up huge on fourth and two from the Ravens 15 yard line.
Bursting through the line untouched like a man possessed, and driving Darren Sproles into the ground effectively ended the game. Some have said that Ray Lewis has lost a step, and while that may be true, what he has lost in physicality he has more than made up for in his knowledge of the game.
The announcers said it looked like he knew what the play call was going to be, and I have no doubt he did. Ray had Sproles in his cross hairs from the time that ball was snapped and ended the game in true Ray Lewis fashion, much to the delight of Ravens fans.
The Ravens, 2-0, are in sole possession of first place in the AFC North. Who knows what the rest of the season holds, or where this team will end up. It is sweet to enjoy while it lasts. As magical as last season was, at no point were the Ravens in sole possession of the division lead. Even after starting 2-0.
So while the future is up in the air, for one week at least we can enjoy the rare air at the top of the division. By the way, the only other time the Ravens have started 2-0 was last year. That ended with an appearance in the AFC Championship game, and the Super Bowl year, so there is alot of reason for some tempered optimism.
Enjoy the summit of the AFC and hopefully I'll be writing about the first 3-0 start in team history.