Kevin Cowherd gives fans five reasons to feel good about the Ravens
Ravens fans, I come to you today offering hope. It's not the hope of a man blinded to reality. It's not the hope of someone swilling the purple Kool-Aid who refuses to acknowledge that this is a team with serious issues, including a three-game losing streak, a defense decimated by injuries, a shaky quarterback and a no-show offense of late. OK, that's not exactly putting a smiley face on things. But hard as it is to believe, there are a few reasons to feel good about the team as it gets ready to play the New York Giants on Sunday:
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1. The Giants are not exactly rolling in here like Lombardi's Packers.
They've lost two of their last three games. And they were waxed, 34-0, by the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday, when Eli Manning threw two picks and the Giants' run defense was gashed, as it has been all season. Sure, the Giants will come in fired up. They're 8-6 and fighting for a playoff spot. But they're 2-4 in the second half of the season. And they¿re definitely not the Giants of 2011, who were 7-7 after 14 games and went on that magical run to the Super Bowl. Giants coach Tom Coughlin used the term "baffling" the other day to describe his team's struggles. Not only that, but Manning seems to be going through the same rocky patch as Joe Flacco, with the same thousand-yard stare when things go wrong. And plenty has gone wrong: Manning has thrown 10 picks in his past eight games, habitually earning that classic sideline hands-on-hips, schoolmarm glare from his coach.