Happy Thanksgiving Ravenstown.
On a day where we can give thanks for the bounty of good fortune in our lives add the fact that the Ravens avoided playoff elimination last Sunday. In a must-in situation the Ravens first-round rookie Lamar Jackson came off the field a winner at home and did just enough to keep the Festivus dreams alive.
This week the team welcomes Chucky’s band of misfits into Charm City with the hopes that the team can climb above .500 and challenge for the last playoff spot.
So let’s go!
- A win is a win– I’ve read many comments over the past week about Lamar Jackson’s performance. I’m confused by many of them. My thoughts are as follows. The Ravens won the game. You know, they beat the other team. They got the dub. They put the hay into the barn (shudder). As Coach Herm said famously one Sunday afternoon – “You play to win the game!” And that’s what happened. Secondly, anyone who’s watched football for a few seasons knows that Sunday’s game-plan will not be sustainable for the short or long term future. This was no hot take from those that said or typed it. All you need to do is look on the Ravens sidelines and you see the proof about running quarterbacks. When all is said and done quarterbacks must make throws from the pocket or moving outside of it. Each time you become a runner your longevity in this league is thrown into doubt. There’s no question that the game-plan will open up for Jackson. Speaking of the plan, it was specifically built to take advantage of Jackson’s skills and a poor Bengals run defense. Some people apparently wanted him to throw it more. I’d rather win.
- Spit Happens– After the Ravens win last week claims were made, especially by those in the Cincinnati press, that All-World lineman Marshal Yanda spit on Vontaze Burfict while he lay on the ground. The video shows spit falling from his mouth but he’s also wiping it away and Burfict has no reaction to the alleged incident. Unsurprisingly, Yanda was not fined for the non-incident this week. This is yet another in a long line of examples where media try to make issues out of nothing. Unsurprisingly Joe Goodberry did not issue any form of clarification or apology for imputing Yanda’s character.
- Players to watch– On offense Gus Edwards is who I have my eyes on. He had his first 100 yard rushing game in his career last week and should get plenty of chances to today. On defense Terrell Suggs is going to get the quarterback twice. I can feel it. This defense could use a little play making.
Legend of the Game
Played for the Ravens (2000-2010)
Gregg was selected in the sixth round by the Bengals in the 1999 Draft. In December of that same year he was signed and later waived by the Eagles. In 2000, he was signed to the practice squad by the Ravens and after the Super Bowl purge was a more active member of the defense the following year. He held on to the starting Nose Tackle job from 2002 through 2010 and was a part of the Ravens stalwart front seven to halt opposing running backs. He earned the nickname “Buddy Lee” after the Lee Jeans commercial and how closely he resembled the “man of action”. While never voted to a Pro Bowl in his ten years as a Baltimore Raven, he was often considered one of the most effective nose tackles—and one of the most underrated players—in the league. In 10 years as a Raven, he notched over 500 tackles, and 19.5 sacks, and 27 post-season tackles. He was certainly one of the most popular Baltimore Ravens players, and helped continue a legacy of defensive greatness for the franchise.
Game-Time Song of the Week
“Aerials in the sky
When you lose small mind
You free your life”
I know that writers and musicians usually leave interpretation up to the listener. It makes sense and allows you to personalize a song to the individual. I do like this particular interpretation that I found:
The overall theme of the song is our mistaken views of ourselves as being individual and isolated from the rest – mankind and other lifeforms – and how we actually are a tiny part of something greater, from which we come when we are born, and to which we go when we die. It speaks of clinging to life and not accepting death, cause we see death as an ending, not as another step of existence. When we die, our matter is decomposed and is transferred to things like worms that feed on us, to the atmosphere in the form of gas, and to the ground and plants that feed on him. We are always moving through the circle of existence, there is no stillness, only movement and transformation.
COUSIN JUSTIN’S BETTING PARLOR
The dream has died. It’s over. Eleven straight weeks and it all ends on the foot of Dallas kicker, Brett Maher.
The parlor is closed.
Game-Time Snack of the Week
Hawaiian Roll Ham Sliders
Take a Turkey break.
Happy Football! Go Ravens!