This 20-17 OT loss to the Ravens hit me especially hard because as I talked about last week, I hate losing to former teammates. Of course, it would have to be Ravens safety Ed Reed that had a game-changing play (an interception of a LaMont Jordan pass that Reed returned 78 yards in the second quarter). When I saw that, all I could say was, 'it would be Ed Reed to pick it off for a touchdown.' Though he didn't score (it was called back because of a penalty), it did lead to a touchdown.
I felt we did a really good job defensively, but it wasn't enough. We held Jamal Lewis, one of the best running backs in the game, to under 75 yards rushing. That's saying a lot in the NFL these days. What we have to understand is that it's not okay to keep giving up points because of our mistakes. I have yet to see a team manhandle us, and I doubt that will happen because we have too many athletes here.
We have Cleveland this week, and I'm going against my former head coach Butch Davis. Last time I saw him was at the NFL Scouting Combine, so it will good to beat him first ... then say hi afterwards. For whatever reason, I seem to be missing the 'beat them' part when I go against a friend.
We'll see this week. That's the only good thing about a loss, there's always next week.