The announcement of the retirement of linebacker Ray Lewis was an emotional boost to the Baltimore Ravens. Last week's Wild-Card matchup, pitted ChuckStrong vs. Lewis' retirement parade.
Yes, there was the sensational rookie Andrew Luck versus the traditionally good Ravens' defense. But in the end the game should have been a mismatch from the beginning. It wasn't. The Ravens won the battle 24-9. But it wasn't the mismatch the score indicates.
The Colts and their rookie quarterback proved inept in the red zone.
The Ravens battled and eventually won. Lewis lined up in victory formation to show his signature moves. Talk centered around elongating the career of Lewis one more game.
Now the Ravens must travel to Denver Colorado, to meet the Denver Broncos. The Ravens will need to rely less on emotion and more on their play on the field.
The Ravens have a short week against a well-rested Broncos squad powered by Peyton Manning and Von Miller.
Do the Ravens stand a chance?