Derrick Mason riding Ravens dark horse

Derrick Mason riding Ravens dark horse
October 26, 2013, 8:00 pm
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Ravens confident they can improve season after bye

Former Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Derrick Mason (85).

(Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports)

Have you lost heart, Ravens fans? In your bye week funk, with the loss in Pittsburgh still rattling around your brain, as you prepare to watch NFL Red Zone on Sunday while rooting for three losses by AFC North teams, consider that not everyone has given up on the Ravens’ postseason chances.

Distinguished Ravens alumnus Derrick Mason, appearing on the NFL Network, chose a team close to his heart when asked to select a dark horse in the AFC.

“I’m going with Baltimore,” Mason said. “I think regardless of the way they’ve played up to this point, I think Joe Flacco always finds a way. Coach Harbaugh always finds a way to rally this team around and make sure they put themselves in a position to get to the playoffs.

“And once they’re in the playoffs, as we’ve seen before with Joe, he’s a heck of a playoff quarterback. If this team can get on a roll — they’ve got the leadership in [Terrell] Suggs, Haloti Ngata, [Elvis] Dumervil, and they’ve got some pieces on offense to get the job done. I think this is the dark horse for the AFC.”

Mason’s fellow panelists, LaDainian Tomlinson and Willie McGinest, didn’t agree, as both went with the Chargers. But Mason has brought a ray of light into the bye week darkness.

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