OWINGS MILLS – Despite the improbable odds of them making the playoffs, the Ravens are not ready to concede.
Former Colts coach Jim Mora had his famous rant about the Colts’ playoff chances in 2001.
However, when asked Monday if he thought the Ravens could still make the playoffs at 2-6, coach John Harbaugh had a much different reaction than Mora.
“Of course we can,” Harbaugh said. “We’re planning on it. We’re very optimistic about what’s in front of us, our future.”(We) love our players, love the way they work, love the enthusiasm they had today coming back and getting ready for Jacksonville. We’ll take it one day at a time, one game at a time.”
Here’s one reason why the Ravens could have a better second half. None of their next six opponents is currently above .500: These next six games will determine the significance, if any, of Weeks 16 (vs. Steelers) and Week 17 (at Bengals) for the Ravens:
Week 10 – Jaguars (2-6)
Week 11 – Rams (4-4)
Week 12 - at Browns (2-7)
Week 13 - at Dolphins (3-5)
Week 14 – Seahawks (4-4)
Week 15 – Chiefs (3-5)
Of course, if someone had told you on Labor Day that the Ravens would be 2-6 after eight games, and would not have either Steve Smith or Terrell Suggs the rest of the season, how would you have assessed their playoffs chances?
That’s the reality for the Ravens. But if they pull off the improbable, they will certainly have plenty to talk about.
“That’s why it’s going to feel so much greater when we finally make it, coming back from this record and the first eight games of this season,” said cornerback Jimmy Smith. “Let’s make some history.”