CBS Sports might have done its best work Sunday after the Ravens game when its cameras and microphone caught John Harbaugh saying what he really thinks instead of the laundered, white-washed, and totally-PR'd stuff he routinely gives to the press.
In an afternoon that featured a slow start by the defense and gamelong struggles by the offense, the Ravens pulled away late for a 21-7 victory over the Tennessee Titans in front of an announced 70,914 at M&T Bank Stadium.
Admittedly, it was tough to watch the Ravens get undressed on national television Sunday night, but that ugly loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers -- much of it self-administered -- was not a symptom of some irreparable flaw in the team or the organization.
First, the Ravens started losing the football. Then, they lost their lead and all their momentum. And finally, they seemed to lose their composure. They now need to act fast to prevent their season from slipping away, too.
The last time that Ravens outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil squared off against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he bull-rushed Marcus Gilbert so violently that he launched him off his feet as the offensive tackle landed flat on his back.
If you are to believe the words of Ravens players this past week, avenging a rare home loss to the Bengals seven weeks ago is the furthest thing from their minds. Yet, no Ravens player made even the slightest effort to diminish the magnitude of Sunday afternoon's game against the Bengals.
Every team has injuries, but in Cincinnati's case, the team's top playmakers have been involved. The team's No. 1 receiver, A.J. Green, has missed the last two games with a toe injury. The team's top linebacker, Vontaze Burfict, has missed two entire games with a concussion, and parts of two others with a neck injury.