Week 16 of the NFL season was a very damaging one for the Baltimore Ravens who lost 25-13 to the Houston Texans and found themselves on the outside of the play-off race.
The Ravens struggled all day with their offense committing a lot of turnovers and allowing a defense that included J.J Watt too many opportunities to punish them.
Well now the Ravens Wide Receiver Steve Smith Sr has shown his feelings to the backlash the Ravens are sure to face from the fans.
Smith only had 49 receiving yards himself on Sunday but much of the blame wil fall on the shoulders of the Ravens Quarterback Joe Flacco.
Flacco threw three interceptions on Sunday as well as fumbling the ball once in the game which fortunately for him, the Ravens recovered.
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Now in the wake of the disappointing loss for Baltimore, Smith has launched a pre-emptive attack on the would be players in the stands.
"We expect and understand and anticipate all of the negative feedback and all of the fat, lazy, sorry couch quarterbacks are going to come out." - Steve Smith on the fans criticisms
The Ravens star receiver pulled no punches in his post-game comments even getting quite harsh with a reporter.
When Smith was asked about his level of concern with the Ravens offense, he responded with:
"Won’t you write it and then I can tell you how much [BS] it is. All right? OK?”
Perhaps the pressures of being constantly behind in the NFL's best division is getting to Smith, or just the struggles of a play-off chasing team, who knows why but Smith may need to try and up his game if the Ravens are to make it to the post-season.
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Joe Flacco - not to be confused with James Flacco if you're Barack Obama, had a very bad game against the Texans but all is not lost for the former Super Bowl winner.
The Ravens are still in the hunt for the play-offs but it will be nothing short of a miracle for them to reach the post-season.
Not only do the Ravens need to beat the Cleveland Browns next Sunday, but they also need two more matches to go their way.
A Ravens win on Sunday would mean that a loss for the San Diego Chargers next week against the Kansas City Chiefs would give them the sixth seed in the AFC.
The Ravens would also need the Cincinnati Bengals to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers next week in which case, the Ravens and Steelers would share the same divisional and season record.
Next Sunday will be a day of analysing play-off scenarios but if the Ravens choke like they did against the Texans, none of it will matter for Flacco and Baltimore.