Archive for December, 2011

Joe Flacco and Wife Expecting First Child

December 12, 2011

Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times confirmed with Joe Flacco that he and his wife are expecting their first child.

After a nine year relationship, Flacco and his high school sweetheart, Dana Grady, tied the knot with a private ceremony in Philadelphia last July.

Football fans got a sneak-peek into the life of the typically reserved Ravens quarterback. His wedding pictures were so unique that they went viral throughout major websites both sports and non-sports related.

Flacco has been making headlines as of late not only for his consistent play on the field but for his well manicured Fu Manchu mustache for charity. Mixing the popularity of the Flacco-stache’ along with the Ravens success, Flacco’s popularity may be at an all time high.

The gender of the child will not be revealed because the Dana and Joe want it to remain a surprise; however, it may not stop them from releasing sonogram pictures. Seeing how the couple already gave Ravens fans a glimpse into their wedding, should we assume the same could be said about Baby Flacco?

With the finest in high-definition cameras now available for sonograms, images of unborn children are as popular as family pets now on Facebook. If the picture is released, this futuristic image of Baby Flacco may be showing up on your wall…



December 12, 2011

Much to the delight of the contingent of Ravens fans who can’t get the Miami game in 2007 out of their minds, the Ravens came out on Sunday and did exactly what they should have done in dominating a winless Colts team for four quarters. Sure, they didn’t come out and hang 40 on the scoreboard like many would have liked, but a late (as in, last play of the game late) touchdown by Indy made the score look a lot closer than the game actually was.

After winning the opening toss and deferring, the Ravens forced Indy into a 3-and-out, took the ensuing drive following a Pat McAfree punt 60 yards for a touchdown, and the game was effectively over from that point. Baltimore led 10-0 after a quarter, and 17-0 just a few minutes into the second. Only a long kick return (more on that later) to set up an Adam Vinatieri field goal got the Colts on the board, as they were smacked around like the winless squad they are all afternoon.

The Ravens held Dan Orlovsky and the horsehoes to just 2/14 on third down conversions while allowing only 167 total net yards for the game. Seventy-six of those yards came on the game’s final possession, after Chuck Pagano had removed several of his starters. Orlovsky picked on rookie cornerback Chykie Brown in that last drive, otherwise the Ravens could have very realistically held Indy to under 100 total yards for the day.

Terrell Suggs continued his Defensive Player of the Year-worthy season with three more sacks, each one coming with a forced fumble on Orlovsky. It would be nice if one of Suggs’ mates could fall on one of these damn fumbles some time soon, but hey – they didn’t really need the turnovers yesterday; hopefully the ball will start bouncing our way in more crucial situations. The Ball So Hard University Dean now has 13 sacks, a career high and good for best in the AFC.

On offense, Ray Rice went over 100 yards in consecutive games for the first time in his career, piling up 103 yards on 26 carries and adding a touchdown. Rice fumbled for the first time since the Jacksonville game, but again, let’s just be thankful he’s getting it out of his system in a blowout game, and not in a nail-biter down the stretch.

Joe Flacco was calmly efficient in throwing the ball against a poor and depleted Colts’ secondary, going 23/31 for 227 yards, two touchdowns and a pick. It was just the second time in the last ten games that Joe has thrown two or more touchdowns, which is something for idiot analysts and fantasy football nuts to pick apart on ESPN or NFL Network, but we Ravens fans know it’s not really important. The team is 8-2 in those games, so it’s all good.

Joe’s second touchdown pass, to Dennis Pitta, was one of the best plays he’s made all season. Pitta was initially covered on the play, a 3rd-and-goal from the seven yard line. Flacco looked like he was going to try to run for the end zone (and likely be stopped) but instead dragged the play out to his right, nearly reaching the sideline before firing back across his body to Pitta standing alone in the end zone. It’s the kind of play that commentators will chastise him for (and they did) as being dangerous, the cliche “recipe for disaster,” but at the same time it’s the exactly type of thing that big dummy in Pittsburgh has tormented the Ravens with for years. As Kevin Van Valkenburg of the Baltimore Sun says, it’s probably the kind of thing Flacco will have to do a little more of should the Ravens want to get their crack at Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in February.

Flacco’s interception came on a 21-yard throw into the Indy end zone, where it looked like Anquan Boldin could have done a LOT more to help his quarterback, but instead seemed more worried about avoiding a potential big hit from the safety, who eventually picked the pass off. Q just watched as the ball sailed a couple feet over his head, and continues – for whatever reason – to not be nearly the same receiver inside the end zone as he is outside of it. Throwing to him in the end zone seems to end in frustration far more often than not, as evidenced by his paltry three scores on the season.

Joe was almost betrayed on his first touchdown of the day as well, as Torrey Smith bobbled an easily catchable ball before eventually corralling it against his body. It was Smith’s sixth touchdown of his rookie campaign, tying a Ravens record formerly held solely by Jamal Lewis for his performance in 2000.

The Ravens had an up-and-down day on special teams.

First, the good: Lardarius Webb had another good day returning punts, following up his great week in Cleveland by averaging 19 yards on three tries. The new wrinkle of putting Haruki Nakamura back there by Webb as an extra late blocker has paid immediate dividends, and Webb looks close to breaking another one sooner rather than later.

Ed Reed also returned a punt, and again did some goofy “oh, I’m not gonna run it, OH YES I AM!” move that he was lucky to not get blown up on. I’d beg Ed to stop the madness, but at this point we all know it’s not going anywhere. Ed always has a plan, but he’s usually the only one who knows what it is.

On the other hand, it was obvious that Billy Cundiff, despite playing, was still being bothered by that left calf injury that threatened to sideline him for the game. His kickoffs were about 15 yards shorter than usual, and the line drives that he usually boots through the end zone were instead falling to earth at about the goal line. The low trajectory gave the coverage team no time to get down the field, and they allowed a long return that set up the Colts’ only non-junk time points of the day. Sam Koch tried his luck in the third quarter, and was also unable to record a touchback. Hopefully Cundiff heals up this week and is ready to go in San Diego.

The Ravens kept pace in the AFC, joining the Patriots, Steelers, and Texans as 10-win teams, and will need to continue piling up the W’s if they want to stay atop the division and conference. They are now 4-0 without Ray Lewis, who will be aiming to return to action against the Chargers in Week 15, and 3-0 with Joe sporting the Joe Manchu mustache. They put to rest a decade’s worth of frustrations against Indy, beating them for the first time since 2001, but the task gets a lot more difficult next week against the resurgent Bolts in Southern California.

Discount on Awesome Torrey Smith Shirts from Maryland's Team

December 11, 2011

Our guys over at Maryland’s Team have done it again. Their latest great design features former Maryland Terrapin Torrey Smith, who today tied a Ravens rookie record with his sixth touchdown! Show your support for Smith  – and for his hair – with this shirt, appropriately dubbed “Dread These Hands!”

I’ll be honest –  I love pretty much everything these guys have done, but this is my favorite design of theirs to date. That’s one bad ass lookin’ shirt. The Maryland flag on the gloves really put it over the top for me. It’s available in both short and long sleeve versions.

Once again, Nest readers get a special discount!

When you check out, enter code BMBNDREADS10, and they will take 10% off a presale order of the Dread These Hands tee! This offer is only good from right now until Sunday 12/18 at 11:59pm, so head on over and get your Dread These Hands shirt now!

(While the shirts won’t ship until after Christmas, I’m certain the Ravens fan on your gift list won’t hold that against you when they see what it is they were waiting for!)

Colts (0-12) @ Ravens (9-3)

December 9, 2011

With the Cleveland Browns doing the Ravens no favors in losing to the Steelers on Thursday night, the Ravens will have to do something Sunday that they haven’t done in over a decade: beat the Indianapolis Colts.

Fortunately for the Ravens, the conditions for a win over the horseshoes have never been better. They limp into town as the NFL’s lone winless team at 0-12, and have played the entire season without the second best quarterback to ever wear a Colts jersey, Peyton Manning. They have the league’s 28th ranked defense, 29th ranked offense, and are dead last in points allowed at 29.8 per game. The closest they’ve come to a victory was a 23-20 loss to Pittsburgh (ughhhh, WHY couldn’t it have went the other way?) way back in Week 3. They lost a game 62-7 in New Orleans. They’ve lost games to the Cleveland Browns and Carolina Panthers, and Jacksonville beat them by two touchdowns.

Throw in the Ravens’ perfect 6-0 record at home this season, and there is absolutely no reason for them to not wipe the M&T Bank Stadium turf with Indy carcass all afternoon Sunday.

Ravens fans will be biting their nails of course, remembering back to 2007, when the Ravens traveled to Miami and lost to the then 0-13 Dolphins. Let us not forget, though, that the ’07 Ravens were a train wreck of a team themselves, entering that game at 4-9 and finishing the season 5-11, not nearly the #1-seed contending squad they are here in 2011. No such embarrassment should be on the horizon for this team. A hiccup this week would be completely inexcusable.

While the lack of both Manning and Ray Lewis in this game will make it much less interesting for the casual NFL fan than Colts/Ravens has been in the past, those two are far from the only injury concerns.

Matt Birk and Chris Carr have both missed practice time this week, and will likely be listed as questionable at best. The Ravens have good depth at both positions, though. Andre Gurode stepped in for Birk for a handful of snaps in Cleveland and the line didn’t seem to miss a beat; Gurode looked much better at his natural center position than he had at guard filling in for Ben Grubbs earlier this year. In the secondary, Carr has been the weak link when he’s been on the field anyway. Jimmy Smith, while still prone to the kind of occasional lapse that gave the Browns their only touchdown last week, is getting better every game and has two interceptions. Danny Gorrer has been an extremely pleasant surprise, and has batted down twice as many passes (4) as receptions he’s allowed in 2011 (though he should also have a pick six on his resume from Colt McCoy…come on, Danny – catch the ball THEN run).

One unsettling injury, though, is kicker Billy Cundiff, who missed practice Thursday with a “left calf” injury. If Cundiff can’t go, Sam Koch should be able to handle kickoff duties, and if the game comes down to extra points and/or field goals to beat Indianapolis anyway, something is very wrong.

The Colts have plenty of injury issues of their own. They just placed two cornerbacks on injured reserve this week, Terence Johnson and Jerraud Powers. According to the guys over at Stampede Blue, Powers “was the only corner worth a damn in the Colts whole miserable secondary.” Also going on I.R. was rookie defensive tackle Drake Nevis. Take it away, Big Blue Shoe:

Last night, we got the news that rookie Drake Nevis was also placed on I.R. Nevis has been battling lower back pain all season. Much like Powers in the secondary, Nevis was the only defensive tackle who was playing at a serviceable level for the Colts in 2011.

The Ravens are coming off their best running performance of the season (and in recent memory) against Cleveland, and given the Colts’ injuries along with the fact that Joe Flacco plays much better at home, the Ravens should be able to have their way with the Colts on the ground and through the air. They’ll be looking to break a very dubious streak against Indy; in three career games, John Harbaugh/Joe Flacco teams have yet to score a single touchdown against them.

Here’s hoping that stat gets put to rest early in the first quarter, perhaps on a long Flacco-to-Torrey Smith touchdown strike.

After playing with former Manning backup Curtis Painter for the season’s first 11 games, Indy switched to Dan Orlovsky last week. Orlovsky – as everybody does – looked pretty good against the New England secondary, completing 30/37 passes for 353 yards and two scores. Much of that was in “garbage time,” but it’s still good that the Ravens’ defense has some film on what Orlovsky is capable of.

Chuck Pagano’s defense, the NFL leaders in sacks with 41, should be able to confuse and harass Orlovsky into a much worse stat line than he put up against the Patriots’ 32nd-ranked pass defense. The sacks are coming from all over the Ravens’ D. After Terrell Suggs (10.0), the Ravens don’t have any players with double-digit sacks, but they have four different defensive linemen with at least 3.5 (Cory Redding 3.5, Paul Kruger 4.5, Haloti Ngata 5.0, and Pernell McPhee 6.0). McPhee has been an extremely valuable addition, and looks to be Ozzie Newsome’s latest late-round steal.

If the Ravens are able to get out to a comfortable lead and can pin their ears back on Orlovsky, they could duplicate their 9-sack performance from back on Thanksgiving day. In a close game, though, they’ll have to respect the Colts’ weapons on the outside, receivers Reggie Wayne and Pierre Garcon, and tight end Dallas Clark. Look for Pagano to play a bit conservative on the back end until the Ravens are up by at least a score or two. Quick strikes from Orlovsky seem like the only way the Colts will be able to stay in this one; I can’t see him putting together too many long drives in Baltimore.

The Ravens haven’t had a truly dominant start-to-finish performance since back in Week 1 against Pittsburgh (and, to a lesser extent, Week 3 in St. Louis). While they whooped the Browns from the opening whistle, some stalled drives and missed field goals kept Cleveland in the game much longer than they had any business being so. Hopefully the Ravens can give us fans a nice relaxing game to watch Sunday, with no late-game comebacks like Cincinnati, and those few Baltimore fans who still cringe when they see that blue and white can get a measure of catharsis from watching a thorough beatdown of the “Irsays.”

They’re the best team in the AFC. As the final quarter of the season rolls upon us, it’s time to start (keep) playing like it.

Ravens 31 Colts 6



December 9, 2011

Ravens fans, consider yourselves warned…this investigative report will expose the NFL’s love of the Pittsburgh Steelers at the highest levels.

One of everyone’s favorite questions to be asked is always, “What do you want for Christmas?” For as many years as I can remember, my response has always been, “Anything with a Ravens logo on it.”

After being the easiest person to shop for in the history of holiday shopping, I think I’m going to change up my approach this year. If you have ever seen my wardrobe collection or Ravens room, it’s quite obvious that I am  one of the NFL’s best customers.

This season has been great for the Ravens when it comes to the Steelers so far, but the anger that courses through my veins every time I see their logo remains at an all time high. When I received the latest catalog from NFLShop, I basically found myself thumbing through 58 pages of fury.

While picking out potential items for Christmas, I do not want to have to substitute a Ravens logo over a Steelers logo in my mind.  Unfortunately, that’s exactly what most people will have to do, regardless of who your favorite team may be.

People may call me crazy or biased on this approach but I wanted to justify this to myself and prove that I’m onto something .Or, maybe I am just starting to go a little overboard when it comes to my dire hate towards Western Pennsylvania Towel Wavers. Whatever.

I sat at my desk and counted every single standalone item in the latest NFLShop catalog. Excluded from my count are staged “themed rooms” overloaded with merchandise, the cover, and any uniform spread that featured all 32 teams.

Now, the covers of these magazines will be different depending on which region of the country you live in. I am still baffled that every magazine I receive has Steelers related merchandise on the cover even though I live in North Carolina and am two hours from the Panthers.


Now, onto the results.

Guess which team was featured the most?

That’s right….the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Throughout the catalog, the Steelers had 28 standalone items featured.The (SUPER BOWL CHAMPION!) Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears with next with 22 items each.

Having six items more than the second place teams may not seem like all that much, but let’s also take into account that a full 40% (13) of NFL teams teams didn’t even have six  items featured TOTAL. Let’s also take note (but not factor into the statistics) that the Steelers also had a full page spread of Steelers themed game room  in addition to the aforementioned cover.

The average amount of items per team was 9.03 and only 13 of the 32 franchises had more than ten total impressions.  For those wondering, the Ravens finished with 11.

Even if I didn’t dislike the Steelers so much, I would be disappointed as a fan of many other teams that received limited or no exposure. The Jaguars, Titans and Lions were only featured twice. The Panthers, Buccaneers and Seahawks were only featured once—and the Cardinals and Rams weren’t  shown at all.

Regardless if the team is good or not, the NFL should at least take pride in the team logos and creative merchandise seen on the sidelines each Sunday. Showing little or nothing of a team’s merchandise isn’t good for either business or the fan base.

NFL licensed apparel is expensive and I want to have a pretty decent idea of what the item is going to look like before I purchase it. The internet is a very easy alternative but why have a catalog if you’re just going to push everyone online to begin with?

I know the NFL has plenty of money and won’t really hurt by me asking for other things besides Ravens merchandise this holiday season. However, they did make it an easy decision when they filled my mailbox with a Steelers-filled catalog of junk.

I now have something else to wipe my hindquarters with besides a terrible towel. Thanks NFL!

2011 Indianapolis Irsays Commemorative Helmets

December 8, 2011

Colts fans would sure like to forget the 2011 season as quickly as possible. That’s why we at B’More Birds’ Nest, in order to make sure that doesn’t happen, have done our best “weird commemorative plate commercial” impression and put together some commemorative logos to make sure they never, never forget the season that they (hopefully) became just the second 0-16 team in NFL history.

Colts fans can make all of these favorites their own:

What a bunch of zeroes!


When Indy comes to town this Sunday, the Ravens hope to “beat a dead horse!” ZING!

This next one is a bit morbid, we know, but it’s the logical next step from the previous “dead horse” logo…

Indy fans (or, “Fat Humps” as the boys over at Kissing Suzy Kolber have taken to calling them) don’t drown their sorrows in booze after losing every week. No, they cheer themselves up with that midwestern favorite, Steak ‘n Shake! To honor that, this helmet should turn all those fat hump frowns upside down:

Finally, let’s all remember the reason this is all happening….

(or, more accurately:)

…and the light at the end of the tunnel…

Woof, that’s one ugly light.

Fat Humps: In order to receive your own commemorative 2011 Colts helmets, simply print out this page, cut out your favorites, and use the product shown on helmet #3 to attach them to your finest china. Proceed to slide the now timeless paper plate underneath your favorite order from the design on helmet #4!

Feel free to use them as you watch the Ravens beat the tar out of your team this weekend!

Cundiff's Road Struggles Another Reason Home Field Advantage Key for Ravens

December 7, 2011

As the Ravens enter the final quarter of the season, their  sights are firmly set on, at the very least, securing the AFC North title and the home playoff game that goes with it. It would be the team’s first such game since 2006, and first of the John Harbaugh era.

While the advantages playing at M&T Bank Stadium in the postseason gives the Ravens are clear – they are one of the best home teams in the NFL, and could very realistically finish the regular season 8-0 at home for the first time in team history – there is another factor at play that many fans may not have realized.

Kicker Billy Cundiff has become ridiculously efficient kicking at home, while his struggles on the road are becoming quite worrisome for the team.

Cundiff has not missed a field goal at M&T since last November, in Week 9 against the Dolphins. He is 16/16 kicking at home here in 2011, and has made his last 25 attempts dating back to last season – quite an impressive streak.

On the road, it’s been a whole different story.

He is just 10/18 (55%) in field goal tries away from The Big Crab Cake this year, and his two misses Sunday against Cleveland only served to highlight his struggles.

Once the postseason starts, every point becomes all the more crucial. A made or missed field goal here or there could propel a team to the Super Bowl, or send them home in tears.

Just one more reason why the Ravens need to keep on winning, and secure the #1 seed in the AFC and home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

GOOBVISION: Ravens/Colts Preview

December 7, 2011

Here’s Goob with his Week 14 preview, featuring some Dan Orlovsky/Randy Edsall hate (you’ll see), a Peyton Manning thumb puppet, and a discount double check!

Ravens Control Own Destiny for Top AFC Playoff Spot (Or not – UPDATED)

December 6, 2011

I had heard some rumblings about this before, but Jamison Hensley of ESPN confirmed it today. If the Ravens win their remaining four games, they will earn the AFC’s #1 seed and home field advantage throughout the playoffs, regardless of what the other teams in the race (New England, Houston) do from here on out.

The Ravens would capture the top seed in the AFC for the first time in their history if they win their last four games.

Thirteen weeks into the regular season, Baltimore (9-3) is tied with Houston, New England and Pittsburgh for the best record in the AFC.

If all four teams win out, the Ravens have the tiebreaker advantage on all of them:

  • Baltimore would win the AFC North because it swept Pittsburgh
  • The Ravens beat Houston head-to-head earlier this season
  • The Ravens and Patriots would finish with the same conference record, but Baltimore would have a better record among common opponents. Under the scenario that the Ravens and Patriots would win the rest of their games, both teams would be undefeated against San Diego, New York Jets and Indianapolis. But New England lost to Pittsburgh, a team that the Ravens swept.

The term “controlling your own destiny” is very cliche’ and overused in sports today, but this is the true definition of the phrase. Keep winning, and it doesn’t matter what anybody else does – you’ll get to where you want to go.

After three straight years of going on the road for the postseason and ultimately failing at some point along the way, it would be huge for the Ravens to finally get a home playoff game. A home playoff game along with a bye and the very real chance to host the AFC Championship game for the first time in team history? Almost sounds too good to be true.

But it’s not.

That is, not as long as the team keeps winning.

Eyes on the prize, men.

Update: Apparently not. ESPN printed this correction this afternoon:

Thirteen weeks into the regular season, Baltimore (9-3) is tied with Houston, New England and Pittsburgh for the best record in the AFC. If all four teams win out, all would finish with the same conference record and there’s not enough common games for it to apply. The next tiebreaker is strength of victory, a category that currently favors Baltimore.

The Ravens’ strength of victory is currently .574 (62-46), which is far ahead of the Patriots (.426, 46-62) and Texans (.380, 41-67).

The Ravens’ remaining games are: home against Indianapolis, at San Diego, home against Cleveland and at Cincinnati.

If the Ravens, Patriots, Texans and Steelers go undefeated the rest of the way, this is likely how the top-five seedings would go: 1. Ravens, 2. Patriots, 3. Texans, 4. AFC West champion and 5. Steelers.

You can figure out this same scenario and other ones by punching in games into ESPN’s Playoff Machine.

Note: An original post had the Ravens controlling their own fate for the No. 1 seed. While the Ravens have huge lead in strength of victory, this doesn’t guarantee them the top spot. Apologies for the error and thanks to ESPN Stats & Information for the correct tiebreaker information.

So, they’ll still LIKELY get the #1 seed should they win out.

What's Important Now: Ending a Decade's Worth of Frustrations

December 6, 2011

When the Indianapolis Colts come to town on Sunday, the Ravens have a very good chance to take out a full decade’s worth of frustrations. It has been over 10 full years since Baltimore’s “new” team last beat Baltimore’s “old” team, way back on December 2, 2001.

The Ravens and Colts have met 11 times, with the Peyton Manning-led horseshoes taking the last eight meetings. A full history of the very lopsided “rivalry”:

  • 1996 – Colts 26 Ravens 21
  • 1998 – Ravens 38 Colts 31
  • 2001 – Ravens 39 Colts 27
  • 2002 – Colts 22 Ravens 20
  • 2004 – Colts 20 Ravens 10
  • 2005 – Colts 24 Ravens 7
  • 2006 – (Divisional Playoff) Colts 15 Ravens 6
  • 2007 – Colts 44 Ravens 20
  • 2008 – Colts 31 Ravens 3
  • 2009 Colts 17 Ravens 15
  • 2009 (Divisional Playoff) Colts 20 Ravens 3

Back in 1998, when the Ravens beat the Colts for the first time, and then-Ravens quarterback Jim Harbaugh ran over and gave the game ball to Johnny Unitas, that was supposed to be the symbolic “moving on” point for Baltimore. Our new team had vanquished our old one, and Johnny U of all people was there to supervise and endorse it. The hatchet had been buried.

Or so we thought.

Unfortunately, the hurt just ran too deep for many Baltimore fans to simply let it go with one regular season victory.

Two years later, the Ravens would win their first Super Bowl after only five seasons of existence. The “Indianapolis Colts” had failed to even reach the big game after 17 seasons, wallowing in mediocrity for a great many of those years.

That moment was hailed as the next big inflection point in B’More’s relationship with Indy.

“We got the trophy, they don’t. Screw the Colts, the Ravens are our team now.”

Only, it seemed that we still weren’t truly over it.

After beating the Colts 39-27 later that season, Manning would lead Indy to wins over the Ravens in three of the next four seasons.

Then came 2006.

The Ravens, fresh off a 13-3 campaign, were the #2 seed in the AFC and were set to host the Colts in Baltimore in the Divisional round.

THIS. This was to be our last big watershed moment where we would finally exorcise the Irsay demons. A playoff win over the Colts that would propel the team to their second Super Bowl win would finally crush Indy’s heart enough to appease Baltimore.

Of course, that’s not how it happened.

Instead, the Colts came in and beat the Ravens 15-6, and a few weeks later it was they, not the Ravens, who were hoisting the Lombardi.

Three regular-season beatings later, and this time it was the Ravens traveling to Indy for the 2009 Divisional playoff. Would beating the Irsays, in their house, in the postseason, be enough to help put them in the rearview forever?

We wouldn’t find out, as the Colts spanked the Ravens up and down the field for a 20-3 victory.

At least they would go on to lose the Super Bowl.

And that was the last time these two teams met. No team has owned the Ravens like the Colts have, with Indy riding an 8-game winning streak and holding a ridiculous 9-2 advantage in the all-time series. (Ironically, the Ravens have also won seven straight over their “old selves,” the Cleveland Browns.)

The Colts that are coming to town this week, though, are but a shell of their former selves, and all because they’re missing one player – Manning.

Sure, they have an 8-game winning streak over the Ravens, but more importantly, they’re on a 13-game losing streak dating back to last season. They look to become only the second 0-16 team in NFL history, and the Ravens can help them get there by taking care of business this Sunday.

Now, whether or not it will have any true effect on the psyche of this city isn’t for me to say. The Ravens could start a 10-game winning streak of their own over Indy, and I bet you’ll still see nostalgia pieces dotting the local papers whenever these two teams meet. Some old Colts fans will never truly “get over it,” and that’s alright. For the rest of us, though, we just want to see our purple birds come out on the right side of this match up for the first time in WAY too long.

If the Ravens want to get to the Super Bowl this year, they need to keep winning. With the Steelers, Patriots, and Texans all breathing down their necks for those top two spots in the AFC Playoff picture, a slip up against a winless squad at home would be simply unforgivable. Indy will be nowhere near the postseason in 2011, but they could still deal quite a blow to the Ravens’ season. That’s why What’s Important Now is taking the last ten years of frustrations out on the on the field this week.

Of course, should the Ravens ultimately get to the Super Bowl, Indianapolis sure would be a sweet place to win it, no? Ah, I can just see the headlines now…


Just Beat Indy.