Baltimore Ravens’ 3-0 Start Sets up Showdown in Foxborough


Published: September 27, 2009

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... color: black;">Now, that’s more like it.

Despite beginning the season with two solid victories and showing more offensive prowess than Baltimore had seen in years, there were still voices of concern.

The defense, which had been the linchpin of one of the more successful NFL franchises of the 21st century, was ranked a mediocre 17th, the secondary was giving up too many big plays, and they were missing Rex Ryan more than they thought they would.

One 34-3 demolition of the Cleveland Browns later, and that No.1 position on ESPN’s power rankings makes that much more sense.

“The old coaching adage is, 'It’s never as good as it looks. It’s never as bad as it looks.’ And last week, as bad as some things looked, they weren’t that bad,” said head coach John Harbaugh, referring to the criticism his team received after last year’s ...

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