Was Ravens Shellacking Of Dolphins A Mirage?
The Ravens were hoping that the Dolphins game was a launching point for their offense, but it looks more like a mirage.
The Baltimore Ravens put five touchdowns on the board in their week 13 domination of the Miami Dolphins. Before that game the offense was relatively disappointing. The offense has ranked lowly in just about every statistical category and points have been hard to come by.
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The purple and black put up a good number of yards against the New England Patriots, but the stats are misleading. A conservative and timid offense scored two touchdowns that were practically given to them by the snafus of the Patriots special teams. Flacco’s 324 yards don’t matter. The Patriots took away the deep ball and he chipped away with short passes. It added up to yards that didn’t mean an awful lot. In review, the offense scored two touchdowns that were essentially given to them and still made Tucker try four field goals.
It Was Easy To Fall For It:
The Dolphins game was the greatest moment in an up and down 2016 season. It was originally a moment of hope for the Ravens. It felt like 2012 when the offense clicked and led the team on a Super Bowl run. The Ravens have won up in New England before, they can do it again. It was easy to fall into this trap. I fell for it, so did many members of the Ravens Flock.
We thought that was the Ravens showing us what they were capable of as a complete team. We already knew the defense was good. However on that day, the offense blew us away. It was an aggressively attacking offense with big plays and a genuine rhythm.
Maybe that is what the offense is capable of, but we have seen it once in 14 games. It looks like a mirage. We have been completely parched, begging fate to bring us some offense. We finally reach a beautiful oasis. When we found it we celebrated as if all our problems had vanished. Just like that it was gone.
The Bottom Line:
When they beat the Dolphins we had to wonder if the Ravens were really that good? Where the Dolphins that bad? Miami had beaten six teams in a row, but it wasn’t exactly a murderer’s row of a schedule. The Dolphins had to go through Bills, Jets, Chargers, Rams and 49ers. Those are five relatively easy games, and they were all tight. Baltimore may have just found an over achiever that was ready for a swift kick of gravity.
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The purple and black got us ready for bigger and better things. Baltimore chanted to Seven Nation Army like it was heading back to the Super Bowl. It felt like the Ravens could beat anybody if they played like they did against the Dolphins. In the end, it seems more likely that Baltimore just had a good day against a weaker team. It was an outlier, a blip on the radar. While it may be a sign of what this team is capable of, that dominant showing was a one time thing. The Ravens cannot count on that kind of performance. We got our hopes up, but the Ravens are who they have been all season long.