What's your take on the win against the Cardinals?

October 31, 2011|By Matt Vensel

The Ravens gave us tricks and treats on Sunday afternoon. They turned the ball over twice in the first half, let Patrick Peterson take a punt return to the house and fell behind by 21 points. The fans at M&T Bank Stadium were festive, too, handing out some Halloween boos as the team sought shelter in the locker room at halftime.

But the Ravens offense bounced back in a big way thanks to some tweaks by embattled offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and the play of embattled quarterback Joe Flacco. Baltimore scored three touchdowns in a row in the second half and secured a 30-27 victory over the Arizona Cardinals with a field goal as time expired.

There are a couple of ways to look at the win, and you can make a pretty good argument either way.

My colleague Mike Preston offered up his opinion in Monday’s paper, saying that even though the Ravens’ comeback against the one-win Cardinals was exciting, John Harbaugh's team didn’t look like a championship-caliber team for the second time in six days.

I woke up feeling good, though, and I am willing to overlook the warts on Sunday’s win because the offense finally clicked in the second half as the team overcame a franchise-record 21-point deficit to get the win. It was not a flawless victory by any stretch, but it’s a plus that the Ravens are flying high into Steelers week No. 2.

So when you rolled out of bed on this Halloween morning, how did you feel about Sunday’s nail-biter? Are you dissatisfied with another incomplete performance against a bad team or was that second half enough to restore your confidence heading into what will likely be the Ravens' most important game of the season?

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