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No, that's not a ghost, it's just Shaun Alexander from four years ago.
Don't look so appalled. Yes, the Seattle Seahawks are a bad team, and no, they have no business beating the mighty Baltimore Ravens.
But Seattle has had trouble remembering its place before.
Remember when they went toe-to-toe with the New York Giants in Week 5 and showed everyone just what kind of rebellious punks they can be? They overwhelmed New York 36-25 on the road in a very hostile environment.
They are at home next week, at the newly renamed CenturyLink Field—still one of the best home-field advantages in the NFL, against a Baltimore team riding high after another marquee victory over the division rival Pittsburgh Steelers. The Ravens seemed to put it all together last week, holding off Pittsburgh, 23-20.
But this Ravens team has shown glimpses of greatness before—only to fall to earth the following week. That happened after their Week 1 dismantling of the very same Pittsburgh team—losing at the Tennessee Titans, 26-13.
And lest we forget, they lost an absolute stinker to the Jacksonville Jaguars, 12-7, in Week 7.
For this wildly inconsistent Ravens team, the only sure thing is that you never know what you're going to get. If they look past Seattle even slightly, they could find themselves in a big hole early.
Funny things can happen on a football field. After all, the Seahawks beat the Giants, and then the Giants beat the New England Patriots. Does this mean that Seattle is better than New England?
All it means is that on any given Sunday, it pays to respect and fear the underdog. Especially at home.