October 15, 2021 11:53 am
After 3-1 start, Ravens won’t be on the road for a while

After 3-1 start, Ravens won’t be on the road for a while

OWINGS MILLS (Md. (AP) — After four weeks, the Baltimore Ravens still look contenders despite all their injuries and the fact they played three of their four first games on the road.

Now, the schedule changes in a dramatic way.

The Ravens won at Denver on Sunday for their third straight victory, and they don’t have another road game until Nov. 11. They’ll be playing four home games in succession, with an open date in between. Although Baltimore may not be able to take advantage of this opportunity, it is likely that this stretch will be quite comfortable from a logistical perspective.

Next up for the Ravens will be a game against Indianapolis on Monday evening.

” It will be great to see our home crowd again and feel some of their energy,” Devin Duvernay, a Ravens receiver, said Wednesday. “That’s felt like a while since we’ve been at home, so definitely excited.”

Since the 1970 merger — and not including the strike-shortened 1982 season — the longest a team has gone between road games was 45 days, according to Sportradar. That was in 2016, when Miami played at Cincinnati on Sept. 29, then had four home games and an open date — same as this year’s Ravens — before a road game against San Diego on Nov. 13.

The gap for Baltimore will be 39 days. The home games against the Colts (Chargers), Bengals, Bengals, and Vikings will be played. The Ravens have a chance to improve on their 3-1 record, but coach John Harbaugh isn’t keen to give up on the possibility of using this stretch to build momentum.

“Big picture you might,” he stated. I would trust you guys to write about this stuff. We just need to get to work the next day and continue our preparation for a very strong Colts team. … We have a lot to do Monday night. Last year, Pittsburgh enjoyed a similar stretch — four home games and an open date in the early part of the season. The Steelers won all four of those games on their way to an 11-0 start. When Miami had the four home games in 2016, it won three of them and ultimately made the playoffs at 10-6.

At the opposite end of the spectrum was the 2015 Tennessee Titans. They played four home games plus an open date over a five-week period, and went 0-4. They finished 3-13.

Taking advantage of this stretch could prove crucial for Baltimore. Monday’s game is the third night for the Ravens this season. The Ravens’ first home game, a victory over Kansas City Week 2, was played on Sunday night. Baltimore is 16-2 in home primetime games under Harbaugh.

” “It’s just for you to showcase what you have worked hard for,” Odafe Oweh, a rookie linebacker, said. “That’s what I love about it, sharing your life and who you are with others. This is not just training camp. It’s the culmination of all your hard work. So that’s just a stage to perform.”

The outlook for the Ravens has changed considerably in the past three weeks. The Ravens have had serious injury issues in Baltimore’s backfield, secondary, and offensive lines. They also lost their first game at Las Vegas. They rebounded with a win over Kansas City, but then they needed a 66-yard field goal by Justin Tucker to get past Detroit on the road.

Last weekend’s 23-7 win at Denver was a better all-around performance, and now the Ravens are starting to look a little healthier. After being out with groin issues, Rashod Bateman could be making his debut.

The Ravens aren’t content to be passive with so many home games ahead.

” I don’t believe anyone’s relaxed,” Patrick Mekari, an offensive lineman, said. “We are just focused on the next win. It’s unfortunate the amount of injuries we had, but we’re fighting for those guys.”

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