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The Ravens’ Golden Opportunity

Street Talk The Ravens’ Golden Opportunity

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Here is one reason for Ravens fans to be optimistic. The Ravens’ upcoming schedule looks favorable.

Four of their next six games are at home, including a three-game home stand against the Jets (Nov. 24), Steelers (Nov. 28), and Vikings (Dec. 8). Most NFL teams don’t get three-game home stands. The Ravens haven’t played three straight at home since 2003.

What the Ravens do with the next six games will go a long way toward deciding their fate. Here’s a mini breakdown of the Ravens’ next six-pack:

1. Nov. 3 at Cleveland – The Ravens have won 11 straight against the Browns, who are now hoping Jason Campbell can solve their seemingly endless quarterback issues. If the Ravens (3-4) lose this game, their season could get really ugly. But a victory would get the Ravens back to .500, with four of the next five at home.

2. Nov. 10 vs. Cincinnati – This looks like a must win for the Ravens, who already trail the Bengals (5-2) by two games in the AFC North. Winning the division is critical this season, because second place might not be good enough for a wild card spot. The Ravens play the Bengals again in the regular season finale at Cincinnati (Dec. 29), a game that could have huge playoff implications. But before the Ravens think that far ahead, they need to win this game – badly.

3. Nov. 17 at Chicago – So much will depend on whether Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (groin tear) is back by then. The Bears have said Cutler will miss a minimum of four weeks. Cutler hopes to return sooner. How much does it matter? The Bears are 2-6 without Cutler since he joined them in 2009.

4. Nov. 24 vs. Jets – Although they have been a pleasant surprise, the Jets (4-3) start a rookie quarterback in Geno Smith. The Ravens have already lost to one rookie quarterback this season, Buffalo’s E. J. Manuel. If you lose to two rookie quarterbacks in the same season, it probably means you are not a playoff team.

5. Nov. 28 vs. Steelers – Beating their rivals on Thanksgiving night would send the Ravens into December with momentum, and 10 days before their next game. Losing twice to the Steelers this season would be potentially devastating.

6. Dec. 8 vs. Vikings – If you saw the Vikings (1-5) on Monday night, you know their offense looked terrible. Expect the Ravens to key on Vikings running back Adrian Peterson as soon as he steps off the bus. This is a game the Ravens should be heavily favored in.

There you have it. The next six games represent a critical stretch for the Ravens. But it’s also a golden opportunity.

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11 comments
Fran the Fan
Fran the Fan

Clifton makes the correct argument. It's all right in front of them. I know Harbs and the staff will drill this into them before the Browns game. That said, what Joshua said........

jim from dundalk
jim from dundalk

People please,,,,,,did you forget who the head coach is , this fraud slipped on a ring because he was loaded with veteran talent . Now he has to 'coachem' up' and simply doesn't have the capacity to do so,,,,,,,,,,,,,,this season is over and another super bowl will come around with another head coach,,,,,,,,,,,,,the fraud will now be exposed to all,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Joshua
Joshua

One game at a time!!

Alex Vahsen
Alex Vahsen

I think we can go 5-1 or 6-0. We are away at 2 places where they are using a back up QB, and we don't get blown out at home. I know you guys won't believe this, but our offensive line was a lot better versus Pittsburgh. The bye will rest our dinged up guys and I think they will be hungry to run the table.

HollywoodHeiz
HollywoodHeiz

Keep in mind that Bungles host the Jets this week then travel to Miami on Thursday ( Halloween). Anything can happen. If we take care of our business in Cleveland we could be hosting Cincy tied with them.

james burke
james burke

I like the high draft picks than a number 6 playoff spot. Tgis team isn't good enough at the hf way point, so no thinking that the second half will be any different.

CrabbyPatty
CrabbyPatty

I believe they can beat Cleveland, Chicago (if Cutler is out), NY Jets, Steelers at home and Minnesota. But perhaps I have a little more faith in the Ravens than you lol. The really tough games the Ravens have left are against Cincinnati and the Ravens could have success against Dalton if they apply plenty of pressure. I'm not throwing in the towel until it's officially time and well, it ain't time yet.

Joshua
Joshua

Why does TL let you comment?

Tony Lombardi
Tony Lombardi

Well there's Jim, Jimmy, Spy and Mystery Man. Kind of hard to ban all 4! ;-)

Joshua
Joshua

They're all pricks, TL.

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