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Steelers loss 'changed the mood' of the Ravens

Posted on: December 21, 2011 9:46 am
Edited on: December 21, 2011 2:20 pm
 
By Will Brinson

Week 15 was an up-and-down experience for the Ravens (and the Harbaugh family0: they rolled into San Diego and got whupped, handing the Steelers a chance at taking over the AFC North. Pittsburgh blew their shot, thanks to a big game out of the 49ers, and now the Ravens are back to controlling their own destiny.

The prospect has them, according to Ravens running back Ray Rice, in a totally different mood.

"It changed the mood of the team today," Rice said about the Steelers loss Monday per the Baltimore Sun. "Coming in here, guys are happy. I'm not saying we're never a happy bunch. We know how to take a loss on the chin [and] we want to get better from that film, but we don't have to look at it as critical as we would have had to, [or] put as much time into San Diego anymore. We know you got to get onto Cleveland, but at the same time, we still control it. We don't have to take our show on the road if we take care of business."

Now, it's pretty obvious that "the mood in Baltimore after a Steelers loss" >>>>> "the mood in Baltimore after a Steelers win." You don't have to be a math major and/or a genius to figure that out.

What concerns me here is the way Rice is framing the Ravens attitude as a team. One, it sounds like they knew they were dead men walking if they needed to go on the road during the playoffs and they were basically expecting the Steelers to win on Monday. It's one thing to be mad about a loss; it's an entirely different thing to dwell on it like that, particularly if you've got another game in just a few days.


And two, are we supposed to buy into the idea that the Ravens don't overlook certain games on their schedule? The obvious answer to the team's problems is that they don't travel well. But Rice's statements really make me think that Baltimore's struggles against inferior opponents (they lost to three 7-7 teams and one 4-10 team this year) might be because they're looking ahead and/or too busy celebrating a previous victory.

Maybe I'm reading too deep into what the running back's saying. Or maybe not -- but there's a good chance we find out Week 17 when they travel to Cincinnati.

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Comments

Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: December 24, 2011 9:22 am
 

Steelers loss 'changed the mood' of the Ravens

The Squeelers are 1-4 against teams with at least 10 wins.  We should expect them to lose in the playoffs
I hope you are right.  With the way this season is ending, it looks like all the underdogs are rising up and making some noise.

The Ravens have the more difficult last 2 with one against the Browns and the finale in Cincy against the Bengals.  The Steelers should win against the Rams and Browns.

I just hope that the Ravens finish strong and the Steelers stumble.  Without Ben and Pouncey, maybe the Steelers are a little vulnerable.  Without Boldin you've got to hope that Evans and (Williams, Reed or Doss) step up.

It's going to be an interesting last couple of weeks.



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2011 2:44 pm
 

Steelers loss 'changed the mood' of the Ravens

Ok...just like the Patriots & Packers will never lose.  We`ll see what happens. Super Joe Flaco to the rescue!  



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 8:58 pm
 

Steelers loss 'changed the mood' of the Ravens

The Squeelers are 1-4 against teams with at least 10 wins.  We should expect them to lose in the playoffs. 



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 3:11 pm
 

Steelers loss 'changed the mood' of the Ravens

Aw how cute the bad little elf Rya Rice is happy b/c the Steelers lost.  Focus on your team Ray-Ray and seeing Anquan Boldin go down for a very predictable passing game(like the Rvaens have ever had anything other than) is well making me & Steelers fans happy.  
See ya in the playoffs Ray, good luck and keep the matra Flaco really is a good QB, Flaco really is a good QB, Flaco really is a goof QB, Flaco really is a good QB. Out!    



Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 5:53 pm
 

Steelers loss 'changed the mood' of the Ravens

"Okay Will, I need 30 words on the Ravens and Steelers today" - Editor

"Oh sihit" - Will thoughtbubble.

...and that's how we got this completely worthless and unnecessary article. God what an easy gig.



Since: Oct 22, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2011 3:13 pm
 

Steelers loss 'changed the mood' of the Ravens

Will Brinson...psychologist.

You are definitely reading too deep into it and are obviously low man on the totem pole at CBS to get this posted.



Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2011 2:03 pm
 

Steelers loss 'changed the mood' of the Ravens

      The Ravens' playoff season begins now.  The Niners gave Baltimore a huge break when they took down the Steelers after the Raven debacle Sunday night.  Cincinnati more than likely will have something to play for in Week 17 so this will be a dangerous game for B-more.  But Baltimore has done well this year against teams with winning records (Houston, SF, Pittsburgh, NY Jets, Cincy) so I think they will win in Week 17.  It will be a tough matchup against the Bengals but I think the Ravens can get the W. 



Since: Jun 22, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 12:59 pm
 

Steelers loss 'changed the mood' of the Ravens

Thank you Dr. Brinson for that insightful look into the mind of Ray Rice.....what a goon...slow news day I guess.



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 12:42 pm
 

Steelers loss 'changed the mood' of the Ravens

i think that you are reading too much into what he's saying. the ravens don't take anyone lightly. if you ever see and hear the energy that goes into each game you would agree. i think the common link between the games that the ravens lost is the effort that has been overlooked on behalf of the winning teams. if you watched the games you would have seen some steller performances by each team. you also need to recognise that they were all road games. that's signifigant. the ravens are a consistantly winning team which makes their opponents playing at home eager to kick but. not to mention we all need to recognise that 7-7 does not reflect an awful team. the other silly conclusion that folks like to bring up is they're inconsistancy. 10-4 just isn't inconsistant. 7-7 is. and if you are talking about playoffs and buying into your logic than i still would rather be supporting a team that beats the best which they have and not the other way around.



Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2011 10:53 am
 

Steelers loss 'changed the mood' of the Ravens

It's obvious isn't it? Rice is saying the Ravens prepare differently based on the standings. His statements clearly explain why they stunk the joint out against Tennessee, Jacksonville, Seattle and San Diego. If that's what is going on in their locker room then they are going nowhere in the playoffs.


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