Season Recap Preview: Part 1

An oxymoron?  Sure.  Take away the first two syllables and my wife will tell you it’s spot on.  But deterred I am not.  So here’s a recap of the Ravens 2009 Season.

Week 1:  I still can’t believe the Chiefs started Matt Cassel.  Seriously flawed logic in allowing a gimpy QB to face the Ravens rush although had Brodie Croyle started the 34 point margin probably wouldn’t have been much different.  Curious to see if the 41-7victory bloats the Ravens egos too much for the road trip to San Diego. 

Week 2: Sure enough.  The  jet lag, Philip Rivers, and that regrettable late night trip to the San Diego Zoo ended the Ravens bid for a perfect season (can’t believe Frank Walker convinced Tavares Gooden and Chris Carr that a thrill jog through the panther pit was a good idea.)    For the first time since January in Pittsburgh the Ravens defense was humbled as Rivers threw for 319 yards and 3 scores.  LaDainian Tomlinson however did not crack 100 yards and Joe Flacco earned his first 300 yard game.  The Ravens return to Baltimore with a 1-1 record, losing 28-17.

Week 3: After stripping away the 53 Mighty Men of Baltimorepullovers he delivered as gifts before week one, John Harbaugh threatened further removal of amenities if his defense failed to respond.  Obviously,  the D likes its comfort.  Brady Quinn suffered a season ending soul injury as the Ravens picked him 5 times, 3 returned for touchdowns (2 by Haloti Ngata, that ought to get him to Honolulu.)  Rarely has a team so thoroughly eviscerated a division opponent, but the 51-3 final actually hurt Cleveland fans more than when the Browns moved to Baltimore in the first place.

Week 4: Bill Belichick vs. Bill Belichick with a smile.  Advantage nice guy.  No let down following the largest margin of victory in team history for the Ravens.  A trip to Foxborough showed that Tom Brady indeed had not totally healed his knee and that if Joe Flacco ever waxes his eyebrows, Giselle just might make a switch at quarterback.  Flacco’s 3 touchdowns and no picks showed the Ravens can pass first against a good team and win.  Kelley Washington’s 5 catches for 89 yards and a score left unsmiling Bill unwilling to shake his hand after the game.  31-23 the Ravens won, upping their record to 3-1 and a share of first place.  Not a bad first quarter of the season for the league’s highest scoring offense.  That’s right,  I started with an oxymoron and I’ll end with one.

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