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Ravens: Time to Be Excited, But Cautious

September 10, 2018 - 7:00 am

By Joe Schiller

Unless your quarterback was Ryan Fitzpatrick, there wasn’t a more impressive performance than Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

The Ravens were dominant, hanging 47 points on the Buffalo Bills mostly through the air in a steady downpour while limiting Nathan Peterman and co. to just 153 total yards. The starters were on the bench just a few minutes into the third quarter and with a short week to follow, this was the ideal situation.

The optimism is warranted; You should be excited and rightfully so. After missing the playoffs four of the past fives seasons, the Ravens have seemed to right the offensive woes and bolster one a top-five defense.

But it’s important to recognize the reality of the situation.

This wasn’t a Bills team expected to come into Baltimore and win. In fact, the complete opposite. They were heavy underdogs with a true backup quarterback who’s had more success completing passes to the opposition, a decimated interior offensive line and a receiving core that may arguably be the worst in the NFL.

Week 1 far from defines a season and the Ravens should know that better than most over the past two years.

They started the 2016 season 3-0 and last season 2-0. The first was followed by four straight losses and the latter by five losses in seven games. Both started with high aspirations, only to be ended in heartbreaking fashion with playoff implications on the line.

I’m not trying to take away the positivity from a win, that’s not the goal. I’m merely hoping to shed light onto those who spend hours obsessing over the Week 1 power rankings.

Be excited about the Ravens start but in the same regard, be cautiously optimistic.

With five of their six divisional matchups in the first 10 weeks along with games against the Broncos, Saints, and Panthers, we’ll have a good idea on the shape of this team come the final stretch of the season.

By then, the hope is that any optimism is a strong reality. 

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