Linebacker Albert McClellan works his way through a drill. (Doug Kapustin, Photo for The Baltimore Sun /July 31, 2014)
With a 7-3 record after Sunday's 31-24 win against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Ravens have legitimately thrown their hats into the circle in contention to be crowned the best team in the AFC.
The Ravens have the same record as the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Houston Texans, but have beaten both of those teams, including the Steelers twice. The Ravens are one game better than the 6-3 New England Patriots in the win column.
On NBC’s “Football Night in America” program Sunday night, former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy and former New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison debated the merits of the Ravens’ candidacy for that title.
The following is the conversation as transcribed and distributed by NBC.
“I’m not sure who the best team in the AFC is. I wanted to anoint Baltimore. They had a chance. They won the game today, but they didn’t show me greatness.”
“I still believe in the Pittsburgh Steelers. I know they have an unconventional offense with Big Ben [Roethlisberger] running around, but they have explosive wide receivers. They are very difficult to cover down the field, and they have a veteran defense. They’ve been injured, Coach.”
“But they lost to Baltimore twice already.”
“I still believe in them!”
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