The NFL Has Let The Wrong Team Squeak Into The Playoffs

Melvin HallContributor IJanuary 3, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 03: Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on against the Oakland Raiders during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on January 3, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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This is a sad day for a lot of NFL teams that has already clinched playoff spots, The Baltimore Ravens clinched a playoff spot with a 21-13 win over the Oakland Raiders. The Ravens are a team that is built to win a Super Bowl with good defense, a strong front line on both sides of the ball, and a terrific running game the Ravens have become a team that no team team wants to face in the playoffs. If you take a look at the Ravens losses this season you will see that the 5 out of the their 7 losses came to teams that have won their division and each of them 5 losses was by 4 points or less and the Ravens felled a little short in each of those contests. Drop passes and miss field goals plagued the Ravens throughout a three game losing streak in which they loss to the Patriots, Bengals, and Vikings all in consecutive weeks and all by less than three points, the Ravens could easily have a 13 and 3 record. The number one killer for the Ravens is penalties, Baltimore is the most penalized team in the NFL( they also recieved a lot of bad call due to their agressive play) but the veteran leadership of Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs on defense and Derrick Mason and Willis MaGahee on offense would surely have to help the younger guys minimize mistakes in the playoffs. The stage is set and the Baltimore Ravens have received their ticket a new season has begun.