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Bye Couldn’t Come At A Better Time For The Ravens

Posted on October 21, 2009 by Ryan Heller
So close, but yet so far away. The Ravens came within a missed 44 yard field goal of knocking the Vikings from the ranks of the unbeaten.

So close, but yet so far away. The Ravens came within a missed 44 yard field goal of knocking the Vikings from the ranks of the unbeaten.

Well the first three games of the season were good, they showed that the Baltimore Ravens had a lot of promise and on the other hand the last three games of the season showed that the Ravens still need a lot of work on all the phases of the game. The bye week should give the Ravens a time to reflect on the games played before the bye week. The Ravens started off fast in the first couple games of the season, but soon they faded on the last couple games before the bye. So The Ravens bye week came at a good time.

Let’s take a look at the opening game of the season when the Ravens played the Kansas City Chiefs at home. The Ravens headed on to the field, with the emotion and energy of the fans pumped for a new season. The Ravens got off to a fast start with the defense playing fast and intense trying to set up the offense with great field position. The offense took the field, Joe Flacco threw a couple of bullets to Derrick Mason and newly acquired wide out Kelley Washington. The Ravens played good on offense and defense and came away with the win 38-24.

Let’s take a look at the Ravens first road game of the season against the San Diego Chargers. This game was a see saw battle as both offenses were putting up points. The Ravens played sloppy in the secondary as Philip Rivers tore them up with big plays. The Ravens got saved in this game by Ray Lewis bolted up the middle on 4th down and took out Darren Sporoles to seal the game for the Ravens, the Ravens won this game by a score of 31-26.

After The Offense Showed Up In Week One To Bail Out The Defense And In Week Two The Defense Bailed Out The Offense Like The Ravens Of Old. It Was A Different Story In Week Three When The Ravens Took On The Cleveland Browns At Home In Front Of A Sold Out Crowd At M&T Bank Stadium. So the Ravens looked good in the first three games of the season.

The last three games before the bye were the same type of game. They all gave the Ravens a chance to win the game, but they did not. The Ravens hurt their selfs with penalties late in the game. Also the Ravens did not know how to finish them games versus the New England Patriot, The Cincinnati Bengals, and The Minnesota Vikings. In these games there was a lot of heart break for the Ravens and The Fans through out the city of Baltimore, the most notable heart break was the game against the Vikings, when the Ravens came roaring back to take the lead and still the Ravens lost that game on a missed field goal.

Well that was a look at the Ravens ups and downs in their first 6 games before the bye week. So I hope that the Ravens will adjust all of their weaknesses and get back on track and finish the season strong. Last year the Ravens did not get a bye week, so I hope the Ravens take advantage of this and turn this team around for good. I know that the Ravens need a lot of work to turn this around, deep down inside I know the Ravens will fix all their problems during this bye week.

The Ravens need to come out the bye week with more intensity and an eager to win, if they do this then they will be in great shape. The Ravens are going to have to work really hard, cause they have some big opponents coming up in the near weeks. We will see if the Ravens has what it takes when the bye week ends and the Ravens face the Denver Broncos that are having a great season so far.

That is why the bye week comes at a good time for the Ravens.

We welcome Ryan Heller as a writer for Baltimore Sports Then and Now. You can also follow his work at Ryan’s Sports World.

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