After the disappointment of a 20-3 loss to Indianapolis, the Ravens’ season ends on a fitting note. There’s not much to say about the game yesterday; they got beat. It looked like they left the kick ass team in New England.
This game was much like the season, which was a tale of two teams. The great team, the one that beat the Chargers, came back from down 17 points to lose by 2 against the Vikings, whooped the Broncos, and then dismantled the Patriots; versus the one that lost to the Bengals twice, the one that showed up flat against the Packers on Monday night, and the one that traveled to Indianapolis.
All in all, it’s a great year when the team makes the playoffs, and this is a remarkable achievement for a young coach and a young quarterback to go two years in a row. But, we had very high expectations, and they weren’t met.
I guess that’s why they play the games.
Next year will be interesting. Certainly there won’t be the same level of preseason expectations, as there will be a lot of uncertainty. Derrick Mason probably retires. Ed Reed said he might be done (and I think he is). There’s a no cap season coming, and a lot of free agents on the team. There’s a lot of potential with Flacco and Rice, and solid depth at linebacker. So the Ravens may look much different in 2010. I’m looking forward to it.