This is supposed to be the year.
After four consecutive trips to the postseason that saw the curtain fall in defeat at the hands of AFC opposition, 2012 is supposed to be the year the Baltimore Ravens get over the hump. It’s supposed to be the year the youthful offense sets the tone on Sundays, not the aging defense.
In essence, it’s supposed to be the year when quarterback Joe Flacco breaks through.
At 9-3 and on top of the AFC North standings through 13 weeks, the Ravens are right where they’re supposed to be on paper. A fifth-consecutive trip to the playoffs is imminent. Home field advantage throughout the postseason is still within the realm of possibility.
But one can’t help but feel an eerie sense of d