Five Things We Learned from the Ravens' 19-16 Loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers
Baltimore Sun reporter Childs Walker analyzes the Ravens after their Week 7 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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4. The players are aware that this can't just be shrugged off( Karl Merton Ferron / The Baltimore Sun / October 20, 2013 )
The Ravens' self-confidence always stood out, even in the lowest moments of recent seasons. After their bad losses to Houston and Denver last year, they never stopped talking of themselves as a contender. And I always believed that they believed it.
But the team's leaders haven't sounded quite so certain after the last two losses.
Reflecting on the Green Bay defeat, Joe Flacco described an offense grasping for identity, one that couldn't lay the basic foundation for success.
On Sunday, Terrell Suggs spoke of his disgust and declared a state of emergency.
I don't mean to suggest Flacco or Suggs have lost belief in themselves or their ability to find a better path. They've been around long enough, however, to know when problems are deep as opposed to superficial. Going into the bye week, they recognize a team that's struggling in far more areas than it¿s thriving and a team that isn't clearly improving.
It will be fascinating to watch how the Ravens respond in two weeks, because they haven't faced this degree of peril since 2007.