There's a poster on the blog who calls himself The Reaper who has called me on the carpet for my prediction that the Ravens will bounce back this weekend against the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome. He raises some fair points (you can take a look for yourself by clicking on the comments section of my previous blog entry) and wonders just what evidence I have to support my opinion.
I have to admit that there is little in the performance of the Ravens on Sunday to indicate that they are going to go into Minneapolis and knock Brett Favre on his frequently retiring rear end, but that's because they played very poorly for the first time this year. They didn't play great the week before, either, but it was against the Patriots and they were one or two 10-yard pass completions from overcoming a mistake prone game to score a big comeback win.
My opinion is based on their overall performance and some intangible concepts that aren't very logical. The Ravens, for instance, are coming off one of their worst performances of the John Harbaugh era and the Vikings are on a big roll. One of the things that makes the NFL so interesting is the way momentum can shift at any moment -- sometimes for no apparent reason.
I just feel the Vikings are ready for one of those bad Brett Favre days and the Ravens will be in their us-against-the-world mentality. Apparently, I'm not alone, because the oddsmakers have the Vikings posted as only a three-point favorite, which basically just accounts for the home-field advantage. The guys in Vegas think these teams are dead even on paper, and I think the pendulum will swing in favor of the Ravens this week.
Call me crazy. You wouldn't be the Lone Ranger.
Sun plug: Good column by Mike Preston today. He thinks that the Vikings game is going to be one of those defining moments for Harbaugh -- one way or the other. Get Mike's take right here.