It’s all in front of the Ravens Sunday when they head to Paul Brown Stadium Sunday to take on the Cincinnati Bengals in the regular season finale. It goes without saying that the team can go from being one of the favs in the AFC to make the Super Bowl to almost a long shot based on their issues when it comes to playing on the road.
“What it would mean, obviously, is that we would be division champs,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday. “That’s the opportunity that we have. If you go undefeated at home and win all the games in your division, you’re probably going to be in pretty good shape at the end of the year no matter what else happens.”
The Ravens road woes are well documented. They have lost to a couple teams that there’s no doubt the Ravens are better than – the Titans, Seahawks and the worst one of all – the Jaguars.
Now it’s a trip to the Jungle (even though they are basically giving away seats), where the Ravens have lost two straight, and five of the last six. Plus, the Bengals (9-6) will earn a wild-card berth with a win.
“We’re on course to be as good as we can be,” Harbaugh said. “We have a game this week. We don’t have to play any games that are behind us, and we don’t have to play any games that are in the future. We have to play this one. Obviously, it’s got major ramifications for what’s in front of us, so that’s our focus.”
They had better have a huge dose of focus at 4:15pm Sunday – or the road to Indianapolis will be ton more difficult having to play three road games just to get to Super Bowl XLVI.