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Back during the 2000 season, the Baltimore Ravens headed into Week 7 with a (5-1) record and already had 3 shutouts to their credit. That record-setting defense masked the inefficiencies of an offense that would soon struggle to get out of their own way. Over the course of the next three games the Ravens would average just 5 points per game.

When Obafemi Ayanbadejo scored on a 1-yard run with 6:39 left in the fourth quarter of Game 4 when they pummeled the Cincinnati Bengals by the score of 37-0, it would be the last touchdown they would score for 21 quarters and in the process they fell to (5-4).

But the team rallied together and they never lost again on their way to a Super Bowl 35 title.

Fast forward to 2012. The Ravens started that season (5-1) until they went into Houston and got pasted by the Texans 41-13. The Ravens had a bye week following the blowout and there was talk of John Harbaugh forcing a full-contact practice during the players’ down time. The idea triggered what has been described by some as a near mutiny until cooler heads prevailed. The Ravens would right the ship and advance to (9-2) before stumbling to (9-5). The struggles cost offensive coordinator Cam Cameron his job and it included another shellacking courtesy of the Denver Broncos.

The playoff berth was in danger.

Eventually the Ravens took care of business, made some strategic changes across the offensive front and got it in gear on their way to a SB 47 win.

Now it’s 2020 and once again, the Ravens started (5-1) only to struggle and fall to the Pittsburgh Steelers to drop to (5-2). Adversity has once again reared its ugly head. The Ravens lost their All Pro left tackle Ronnie Stanley for the season and an already thin secondary will be without Marlon Humphrey this week when they travel to Indianapolis to take on the Colts.

Each season comes with its own challenges. It’s up to the players, coaches and front office to work to recapture their winning ways. To embrace the grind, together. A season is a journey. It’s a marathon. We’ve seen it before. We’ve watched the Ravens overcome greater obstacles in the past. They CAN do it again, one setback, one practice, one game at time.

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