The Ravens entered the playoffs as the AFC’s sixth — and final — seed. But you would be hard pressed to find a team more feared than Baltimore right now. The Ravens were impressive against the Dolphins, cruising to an easy 27-9 road playoff win. Some thought that Ed Reed should have been the NFL’s MVP, and he certainly played like it with two interceptions, including one he returned 64 yards for a touchdown. The Ravens will face the Titans this week, and you have to wonder if Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher feels like he is getting the benefit of being the AFC’s top seed right now.
Baltimore Sun columnist Rick Maese says that the Ravens’ win sent ripples through the NFL.
- As if his play yesterday wasn’t statement enough, Ed Reed stood behind a bouquet of microphones and fired a warning shot that surely echoed from South Beach to Tennessee.
- “Here we come,” said Reed. “Here come the Ravens.”
- Actually, it probably wasn’t a warning as much as it was a promise. With their dominant 27-9 win over the Dolphins in yesterday’s opening round of the playoffs, Reed and his teammates sent a message not just to the Tennessee Titans, next week’s opponent, but to the entire league. It didn’t always look this way, but the Ravens are suddenly a team built for a playoff run. They’re Super Bowl-caliber. And they’re capable. MORE
Also of note:
- Miami Herald columnist Greg Cote believes that despite the defeat, it’s time to show the Dolphins some gratitude.
- Palm Beach Post columnist Dave George agrees, and says that Miami fans should be optimistic about the team’s future.