Monday, October 02, 2006

Ravens - Week 4

As the announcer said, "This was a game that the Ravens tried to lose, and they still won anyway." It wasn't pretty, but a win is a win. Especially over a formerly undefeated team like the Chargers.

Oh, there were gaffes. For two, Dan Wilcox fumbled at the Chargers' one-yard line, and Derrick Mason totally dropped a sure touchdown pass that Steve McNair couldn't have giftwrapped any better. And the Chargers had plenty of goofs as well, such as a flubbed field goal which may well have put the game out of reach.

But I swear this is looking more like 2000 Redux all the time. Who needs an offense? I gotta give Brian Billick props for deciding to punt late in the 4th quarter so as not to give Philip Rivers a short field to work with. And when they had to, the D not only stopped Sandy Eggo, it forced them to surrender a safety, setting up the game-winning drive that was capped off by Todd Heap's impressive effort to reach the end zone. This guy is trying to make Baltmore sports fans forget John Mackey.

And the icing on the cake: as Rivers was about to try his Hail Mary heave with no time left, he was sacked from behind. Nice.

Four.And.Oh. Bring on Pittsburgh. Bring on Cincinnati. (They'll have to wait, though; we play Denver next.)