OWINGS MILLS -- This is another season without a Monday night home game for the Ravens. Their 1-5 record may be shocking. But being away from home next Monday night against the Cardinals will be par for the course.
Since 2008, when John Harbaugh became head coach, the Ravens have played eight of their nine Monday night games on the road. The lone exception was 2012, when the Ravens opened the season at M&T Bank Stadium on Monday night, and thumped the Bengals, 44-13.
This season, the Ravens have TWO Monday night road games, visiting the Cardinals on Monday, and the Browns on Nov. 30. Considering how much the Ravens have been on the road, Harbaugh’s 6-3 record on Monday night is impressive.
Here’s a look back at the Ravens’ Monday night games since 2008, with the home team in caps:
STEELERS 23, Ravens 20 OT
Ravens 16, BROWNS 0
PACKERS 27, Ravens 14
Ravens 10, JETS 9
Ravens 34, TEXANS 28 OT
JAGUARS 12, Ravens 7
RAVENS 44, Bengals 13
Ravens 18, LIONS 16
Ravens 34, SAINTS 27
Maybe the Ravens should take being the road team on Monday night as a compliment. The theory is that the NFL generally wants to avoid scheduling bad teams on the road Monday night, hoping that will make the games more competitive.
However, at 1-5, the Ravens are not in their usual situation. Instead of being one of the AFC’s contenders, the Ravens are just trying to win a game to snap their downward spiral.
Monday night has often brought out the best in the Ravens. But this year, it’s hard to remember the Ravens needing a Monday night win more desperately, no matter where the game is played.
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