It happens once, shame on them.
It happens twice, shame on us.
It happens thrice, shame on ... well, shame on everyone.
The Ravens thought they had learned their lesson. I thought they'd learned their lesson. Apparently, they hadn't.
For the third time this season, the Ravens have earned a big, potentially momentum-starting win over a quality conference opponent and then gone on the road and followed that up with an embarrassing performance against a team that had no business being in the game in the fourth quarter.
Today, it was a 22-17 loss to the Seahawks, a defeat which came after three Ravens turnovers, a 29-of-52 passing line from Joe Flacco and 109 rushing yards by Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch.
John Harbaugh has some 'splainin' to do. Cam Cameron has some 'splainin' to do. Jerry Rosburg has some 'splainin' to do.
How do the Ravens give Ray Rice - a Pro Bowler in 2009 - just five carries all game? Why is Flacco throwing a record number of times while Rice goes almost unused?
How does David Reed lose two fumbles on kickoff returns and then get flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct after a third?
How can the defense allow 119 rushing yards to the third-worst rushing team in the NFL?
Why do the Ravens always seem to play down to the level of their competition?
So many questions. And with the Bengals and 49ers on deck the next two weeks, there's so little time to find out the answers.
The Ravens fall to 6-3 with the frustrating loss, and fail to capitalize on a chance to capture sole possession of first place in the AFC North.