Our neighbors to the north, the Baltimore Ravens, have a fearsome opponent in the New England Patriots standing in the way of their first Super Bowl title since 2001, which begs the question: who should Redskins fans feel more comfortable rooting for? The Ravens or the evil empire?
To address this precarious question, we must first assess what is the appropriate course of action for selecting a team to root for that’s not your own. Danny Rouhier summed it up as follows:
“Here’s my usual hierarchy. I root for the Redskins no matter what. The next thing down is the NFC East teams to lose. Once that’s over, I sort of tend to enjoy the playoffs.”
A secondary measure is rooting for storylines.
The Ravens are faced with a chance to redeem their 23-20 AFC Championship loss to the Patriots in 2012, with a trip to frigid New England for this year’s AFC title game.
Ray Lewis is seeking his second Super Bowl – first in thirteen years – in what would be his last after announcing he will retire at the end of this season.
This is the 7th AFC Championship appearance for the Patriots in the Brady/Belichick era, and Tom Brady, looks to reassert himself as the quarterback of his generation, after suffering his second Super Bowl loss to the Giants last year, in as many appearances with them.
If underdog status makes it any more appropriate to root for the Ravens, the Patriots are favored by 10 at home, but that doesn’t account for Baltimore’s 31-30 regular season victory in the same matchup.
“If there’s any team that’s been able to go to Gillette Stadium and win in the regular season, and win in the postseason, it’s been the Baltimore Ravens.” Solomon Wilcots told Holden & Danny Wednesday. “If there’s anyone that’s been able to beat Tom Brady in the both the postseason and the regular season it’s been Joe Flacco.”
Wilcots added that the makeup of this Ravens offense is dramatically different with Jim Caldwell manning the play calling, after relieving Cam Cameron of his duties.
“He seems to be calling a game that’s more tailor-made for what Joe Flacco does best,” Wilcots said. “This team can score 30 or more points and win in a shootout. That’s why I think you see people sort of leaning closer toward the ravens in this one maybe more than you would think.”
Wilcots went on to add that, with all the drama surrounding it, this game should be a game for the ages. So with the position being established that it is okay for Redskins’ fans to root for the Ravens in the playoffs, in this particular playoffs instance, it’s now up to you to decide.
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Who are you rooting for?