This Monday, Ravens fans are trying to distance themselves from the reality of the last-second loss to the Charlie Batch-led Pittsburgh Steelers.
Many issues arise from not only last night’s game, but also the losses to the Eagles and Texans as well as the near-disasters in San Diego and Kansas City. Cam Cameron is, of course, taking the brunt of the criticism as running back Ray Rice has turned from an all-purpose threat to an every-other-down back who misses entire offensive possessions. It has become so bad that even beloved head coach John Harbaugh is receiving criticism.
Others area of concerns are results of injuries, as the Ravens are adequately finding ways to stifle the opponents’ deep and outside passing game despite playing without their two starting corner backs — Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb –, but struggling to defended passes over the middle of the field with Ray Lewis sidelined with a triceps injury.
The kicking game, arguably, has been the strongest point for the 9-3 Ravens. Fans are wholeheartedly behind rookie kicker Justin Tucker as he has hit 24 of 26 attempted field goals, including five from more than 50 yards and a few under high pressure. If 2012 were a season void of budding-superstar rookie quarterbacks like Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, Tucker could be a possible Rookie of the Year candidate as he has tremendously affected the Ravens’ record with his 23-year old foot.
Tucker’s game-winning kick against the Patriots as well as his game-tier and winner in San Diego have given Ravens fans a renewed sense of security in their kicking game after former kicker Billy Cundiff’s disastrous kick in the waning seconds of last year’s AFC Championship game that sent the Patriots to the Super Bowl.
Along with last night’s Steelers loss and Cundiff’s AFC Championship miss, Ravens fans have also, through the foot of Justin Tucker, suppressed the feelings they had towards Billy Cundiff prior to his shortcomings: the same feelings they now have toward Justin Tucker.
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