1. The Ravens finally paid for a terrible start.
The Ravens began in eerily similar fashion to their awful first quarter the previous week against the Houston Texans. Three penalties swamped their first drive. Joe Flacco threw an interception on their second.
But the Ravens defense twice stopped the Bills in the red zone and held them to field goals. When Chris Canty stripped Buffalo quarterback E.J. Manuel to set up a touchdown pass by Flacco, another Ravens resurrection seemed possible.
The Ravens kept making mistakes -- a dropped pass by Ed Dickson leading to interception, more penalties from the offensive line -- and the Bills, to their credit, seized a healthy percentage of the opportunities created.
The halftime stats painted a disheartening picture for the Ravens. The Bills outgained them 222-121, with 11 first downs to the Ravens' five. The story was even worse in the running game, where the Bills averaged 4.6 yards on 25 carries to the Ravens' 2.1 yards on seven carries.
The Bills brutalized a defensive front that had allowed the Ravens to get away with sluggish starts in home games against the Texans and Cleveland Browns.
It was easy to gloss over the terrible start against Houston given the end result. Ravens players had no explanations and few were demanded. After three weeks, however, this trend has become too troubling to ignore.
We all cherish resilience and a good comeback. But percentages ultimately rule in professional sports. And teams that repeatedly dig holes tend to be, no gentle way to put this, losers.
(Timothy T. Ludwig, USA TODAY Sports /September 29, 2013)
If you thought what Ray Lewis had to say about the lights going out at the Super Bowl was wild, wait until you see and hear this interview ESPN's Lisa Salters conducted with Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs that ESPN is airing 7 p.m. Tuesday as part of its "E:60" magazine series.
Here's a bit of the transcript:
TERRELL SUGGS: “I was like Vegas, parlor tricks, you know what I mean? I was like, ahh, Roger Goodell, he never stops, he always has something up his sleeve. He just couldn’t let us have this one in a landslide huh?”
LISA SALTERS: “So you think Roger Goodell had turned the lights out?”
TERRELL SUGGS: “I thought he had a hand in it. Most definitely, he had a hand in it.
“We walk out of the Denver game, and linebackers are warming up on their sideline, and who do we see talking with John Elway, and it’s like hmmm. I thought, your commissioner is supposed to be neutral. He ain’t supposed to be on one side or the other, he’s supposed to be in the box. I saw him on their sideline and I was like, huh, I know who he’s going for. I think he definitely has his favorites.
"He’ll deny it but, like I said when I run out of the tunnel, and the first thing I see is John Elway laughing it up, I’m definitely going to feel some way about that. You’re the commissioner of this league and you’re supposed to make sure everything is being played on an even playing field. I definitely don’t think he’s doing a good job, and I don’t think he should be making 10 million a year. That’s just my personal opinion.”
The magazine's 100th episode, which airs Tuesday, features the interview with Suggs.
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