On a Sunday when national anthem protests will be the biggest storyline in the NFL, leading to fierce debate over freedom and what it means to be an American, the first protests occured thousands of miles away on another continent.
The 37-point loss was tied for the largest margin in team history and safety Eric Weddle called it one of the worst losses, if not the worst loss, he’s ever been a part of. Flacco said the long flight across the Atlantic Ocean would be even longer as the Ravens stew over the loss.
Seven-and-a-half-hour flights aren’t good anyway, Flacco said. It’s obviously not going to be great, but it probably wasn’t going to be great even if we did win. It’s just one of those things you have to do. We have to get ready for next week.
Baltimore entered the game 2-0 with a 20-0 shutout of the Bengals and a 24-10 win over the Browns. Flacco, who dealt with a back injury during the preseason, was 34 of 51 for 338 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in those first two wins.
We’ve just got to get ready for next week. It’s one loss. It doesn’t matter what the score was, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. One win or one loss doesn’t define the season. What defines a season is how you respond to the adversity that you face. That’s in football, that’s in life.