Just nine months ago the Baltimore Ravens were celebrating a Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers. Today, they are trying to figure out how they are going to make the playoffs this year.
The Ravens yesterday dropped their fifth game of the 2013 season, 24-18, to the Cleveland Browns. The Ravens’ 3-5 record puts them two-and-a-half games behind the AFC North Division-leading Cincinnati Bengals. It also leaves them tied for the 11th best record in the AFC, certainly not good enough for one of the six playoff spots in the conference, and a long ways from climbing their way back into the playoff mix for this season.
In looking at the previous 46 Super Bowl champs, 19 of them finished the year following their Super Bowl win with six or more losses. Considering that the Ravens already have five losses with eight games to play, there’s a good chance that they will become the 20th team to join this group. And considering that six of their last eight games are against teams currently with winning records, the question becomes: Will the Ravens experience the worst collapse ever of a Super Bowl champ?