The Ravens seemed confident after getting blown out by the Denver Broncos on Sunday, but you have to wonder if it was just for public consumption or if it wasreal.
After losing three straight, there are questions about the coaching staff and if they can regain momentum going into the postseason and if quarterback Joe Flacco can still lead this team.
When the Ravens fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron nearly a week ago it didn't provide a spark for the team, and the Ravens showed no improvement against the Broncos.
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The defense has been hit hard with injuries, but the Ravens showed little creativity against Denver, especially in post snap movement which is a key to possibly beating a great quarterback like Peyton Manning.
In his previous four seasons, Ravens coach John Harbaugh hasn't been through a three-game losing skid late in December, but now he has to balance showing he is still in control without stepping on the egos of the veterans who run his locker room like Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Anquan Boldin, Terrell Suggs and Bernard Pollard.
And then there is Flacco.
He looked like a beaten quarterback after Sunday's game, and the pressure keeps building as he tries to earn a new contract, perform well in the playoffs and show that there is life in Baltimore without Cameron.
Before the Ravens go any further, here is some advice to Flacco: Don't ever stretch out on the turf like that again and lay there for 20 seconds. Those types of moments can define a player like former Ravens quarterback Elvis Grbac who got caught crying.
Few will ever forget that day.
Ngata struggles down the stretch
Quite a few of the Ravens starting and reserve defensive linemen have been criticized in recent weeks for subpar performances, but star tackle Haloti Ngata hasn't been dominant either.
Ngata had only one assisted tackle against Denver which ran for 163 yards on 45 carries. On one drive in the fourth quarter, the Broncos ran 13 straight times and controlled the ball for nearly 9 minutes.
A year ago, Ngata played poorly in the final stretch of the season. He vowed it would be different this year, but so far it hasn't.
Flacco may want to rethink one throw
When Flacco threw the interception which was returned 98 yards for a touchdown at the end of the half, wouldn't it have been better to run the play to the wide side of the field?
That would have given the Ravens more space and time for development. Instead, it was a bang, bang play and Flacco is not always good on the fly.
Where were the fans?
Granted, I didn't think the Ravens were coming back after the Broncos had a 31-3 lead at the end of the third quarter, but it was disappointing to see a half empty stadium midway in the fourth quarter.
Baltimore has a reputation for not supporting a loser or a team when things go rough, and those who left early only added to it.
It's been a while since I've heard fans boo a quarterback, but I have to admit that Flacco's last three performances have been Kyle Bolleresque even though he hasn't tripped over any lines.