First off, I'd like to congratulate myself for having my finger on the pulse beat of the Ravens yesterday. My pregame scouting report was pretty much on the money and I believe I predicted a 15-point victory in the paper. You've probably noticed that I don't like to waste your time rehashing this kind of stuff when I'm wrong.
The Ravens continue to look like an AFC title game team to me, and I'm pretty sure I'm not alone. They've got a leg up on most of the other conference teams already and their schedule seems very favorable. Other than the Steelers and Chargers on the road, I don't see another loss without some kind of letdown. Of course, there's two thirds of the season left to be played.
Upon further review, I blame both coaches for Sunday's postgame unpleasantness in Detroit. 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh clearly needs a refresher course in postgame etiquette and Lions coach Jim Schwartz needed to take the high road and ignore Harbaugh's college-level burst of post-game enthusiasm.
Guess we get a week-long break from the endless back-and-forth about Joe Flacco. He didn't throw any TD passes yesterday, but he played very well. I've never had a doubt the Ravens should sign him to a contract extension -- though they can afford to wait awhile. The guy just wins. What's wrong with that?
If I had it to do over again, I'd still pick the Redskins to beat the Eagles. Rex Grossman threw four picks and the Eagles still couldn't score an impressive win.
The Jets should have an easy time with the Dolphins on Monday Night Football tonight. If they don't, they can stop worrying about the playoffs. There are too many emerging AFC teams ready to take their place.