Baltimore is right about that, they play in a tougher division. Probably has cost them home field advantage a couple times versus the Pats.
RESPONSE: You sound like a typical Buzzard booster. There's always an excuse. What was their excuse this year? Cleveland was terrible. Pittsburgh had a down year, and Cincinnati, though they made the play-off and won 10 games, lacks a competent QB. The "we play in a tough division card" doesn't wash...particularly this year. The Ravens beat the Browns twice, beat the Steelers in Pittsburgh, yet lost to the Charlie Batch led Steelers at home. They beat the Bengals at home, and lost on the road in the seasonal finale, in what was, for them, a meaningless game. Their starters played only one half.
So...how is playing in a tough division an excuse this year...when they went 4-2 in their division, with the two losses coming to the Charlie Batch led Steelers at home, and in a meaningless game to the Bengals?
The truth is that the Ravens blew their shot at finishing with the #1 overall seed in the AFC because of the following:
1.) Week 2: lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in Philly, 24-23;
2.) Week 13: lost to the Charlie Batch led Steelers, at home, 23-20;
3.) Week 14: lost in Washington to the Redskins in OT, 31-28, despite having knocked RG III out of the game late in the 4th quarter...and then allowing rookie 2nd string QB Kirk Cousins to beat them in OT;
4.) Week 15: lost to Peyton Manning and the Broncos at home, 34-17;
In other words, they controlled their own destiny heading into Week 13, having an 9-2 record...before losing three in a row: http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/bal/baltimore-ravens
That said you take your lumps, all kinds of tough breaks in football and you have to move ahead. For example we have to put up with Pollard intentionally injuring one of our key players each season...
RESPONSE: Keep in mind that Haloti Ngata diving on a RG III as he was sliding down is the hit that created his knee problems. The Ngata hit knocked him out of that game, caused him to miss the following next weeks' game at Cleveland, and ruined him for the remainder of the season: http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000107937/Robert-Griffin-III-injury