Man, why can't they all be like that?
The Super Bowl hangover is back in 2013. And the Ravens are going to be dry-heaving for at least another 10 days. Peyton Manning was obscene last night. And Baltimore's defense didn't have an answer. Joe Flacco looked super-rich. But he also reminded everyone why there were question marks around that 9-figure deal he signed after that truly exceptional performance in the Playoffs last year. Last night must have been unbelievably frustrating for them -- and as you can tell, that doesn't exactly bother me.
But…it's September. And there's an axiom in the NFL that seems to become corroborated a little further every season: You just gotta get in.
Like when the 2005 Steelers shook off a 3 game losing streak to win 8 in a row including Super Bowl XL. Getting hot like the Ravens did 6-and-a-half months ago is the most effective shortcut to the Lombardi in the modern NFL. Not to detract too much from their championship -- just a little -- but being an all-around great team for the entire season is far less important than somehow making your way into the tournament. Because then you have a chance to flip the script like Keyser Söze.
Clearly, a loss in September isn't meaningless. But the Ravens are still probably going to be a tough team to beat this year. Flacco will have some good games, and their defense sure as hell won't give up 49 every game. But here's to hoping they do -- at least a couple more times.