The Baltimore Ravens have not hosted a home playoff game since the 2006 season. Over the course of the next five weeks, they’ll set out to end the long overdue drought.
At 8-3, including two big wins over division rival Pittsburgh, the Ravens have set themselves up nicely for their fourth postseason appearance in as many years. Now, the team will turn their attention to an AFC North division title that has alluded them the past three seasons.
Baltimore is a perfect 6-0 at home this season and have won a mind bottling 16 of their last 17 games at the friendly confines of M&T Bank Stadium.
However, the dominant play at home has been all for not during playoff time. Over the past three seasons, all four postseason victories the Ravens have earned have been on the road.
When it comes to locking up a division title and at least one home playoff game, the hard part will be over with.
Now comes what should be the gravy part of the schedule – beating teams with sub-.500 records. Of Baltimore’s five remaining games, only one teams has a winning record, the Cincinnati Bengals. That being said, the teams that have given the Ravens the most trouble this season have been the so-called “inferior” opponents, the teams the Ravens should have handled with ease.
To earn a division title, it’s simple- the Ravens must beat the teams they’re supposed to beat- and do it away from home. It starts this Sunday, when John Harbaugh’s squad travels to Cleveland to face the 4-7 last place Browns.