Even after the Baltimore Ravens beat the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football, Geoff Schwartz isn’t throwing a ton of credit the Ravens’ way.
The Baltimore Ravens handed the last perfect team in the AFC its first defeat of the year by dominating the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football in Week 9. Though New England is still a very good football team, not everybody is all-in on the Ravens just yet.
On this week’s episode of Stacking the Box, FanSided‘s Matt Verderame and Mark Carman, along with former NFL offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz, debuted a new segment called ‘Eat Your Words’. Both Schwartz and Verderame had to eat some humble pie after what they said about the Ravens a week ago (10:45).
While Verderame was way off in his pre-game prediction of Patriots at Ravens, Schwartz isn’t doling out a ton of credit the Ravens way just yet. Last week, he said that “Lamar Jackson fanboys are going to get a reality check” from the Patriots defense. Turnovers hurt the Patriots more than anything, but Schwartz didn’t walk back his bold take on “Action Jackson” fans from a week ago.
“[This game] reminds me a little bit of how the Chargers-Ravens game went in the regular season last year,” said Schwartz. “The Chargers, remember, were driving down, [Antonio] Gates fumbles. Now they lose 22 to 10, I believe. And the narrative of the game is like, ‘oh my god, the Ravens controlled the game.”’
“Well, in this game as well, the Patriots were within striking distance to start the second half. And that fumble really kind of put them backwards and then they scored. I believe they came down and scored again and the Ravens ran away with it. So credit the Ravens, though. They won a big game, great off a bye, but I’m still putting my money on New England.”
Okay, so there’s no apology to the “Lamar Jackson fanboys” or that the Ravens controlled the entire game. Baby steps, I suppose. Is it wise to usually bet against New England? No, but the Ravens have been a team that historically had played the Patriots well under John Harbaugh. We’ll have to wait until January to see if the Ravens are truly better than the Patriots once and for all.
Here are a few other topics discussed on this week’s episode of Stacking the Box:
- Did the Patriots get exposed on Sunday? (3:11)
- Are the 49ers or Saints the best team in the NFC? (12:20)
- Titans TE Delanie Walker joins the show (14:55)
- Geoff and Verderame give their best Week 10 game (43:55)
All this and more!