In the aftermath of last week's TNF clash between the Baltimore Ravens (8-3) and the Cincinnati Bengals (5-5), a social media spat unfolded between Patrick Queen of the AFC leaders and Germaine Pratt of the AFC North bottom dwellers. The exchange was triggered by comments from FS1 host Skip Bayless, and we already told you about it.
Well, it turns out the little exchange of messages between Queen and Pratt didn't quite end at that, with the hosts of The Vault discussing the whole thing with Roquan Smith on the latest episode of the show on Monday.
Smith, in his usual fashion, had a very straight answer for Pratt's comments and excuses (or reasons, if you're a Bengals fan...) about the Ravens beating Cincy just because Joe Burrow left the field injured.
"We could have said that last year when Lamar wasn't out there," Smith started. "It's about: are you in the excuse-making business or are you in the result-making business? And I'm more so in the result-making business."
Smith smartly referenced last season's playoffs when the Bengals eliminated the Ravens in the Wild Card game... with Baltimore starting backup quarterback Tyler Huntley as Lamar Jackson had been injured for a while and couldn't make his comeback in time.
Back then, the Ravens dodged any type of excuse, accepted defeat, and moved on. The Bengals, in contrast to that impeccable behaviour and a Week 11 game played last week, with more than a third of the season still to be played out, were whinning and throwing excuses left and right.
"We could have said that last year when Lamar wasn’t out there," stated Smith. They didn't.
Following the loss of Kansas City at the hands of Philadelphia on Monday, the Ravens are in sole possession of the top seed in the AFC with an 8-3 record entering Week 12. The Bengals are 5-5, trail everybody in the North division, and face a steep challenge to make the postseason, let alone doing so with Burrow out for the remainder of the season.