By the time John Harbaugh spoke with the media on Monday, the Ravens already had started looking forward to the Browns, who they meet in Baltimore Thursday night.
These guys, they certainly dont need a pep talk, Harbaugh said. Everybody in football works hard, and our guys do a great job.
Harbaugh faced a bit of a challenge because beating the Patriots at home on Sunday night thanks to Justin Tuckers last-second kick is the kind of win that means a lot to the Ravens for many reasons.
Its a bit of revenge for last seasons AFC title game loss in New England.
But when the game was done, it was done. The Ravens then started looking towards the Browns. A win against Cleveland would be a big plus for the Ravens and give them a 3-1 record and let them have a few days off with a solid start.
Our advance coaches did a great job of preparing all of us for the Browns, so when we rolled in here early this morning or late last night, whatever you want to call it, that stuff was laid out, Harbaugh said. We were ready to go to work.
The Patriots game was one of those match-ups that proved big in a number of ways. It took place at home finally and on national TV on Sunday night.
But the Ravens need to beat the Browns since thats an AFC North division battle, a win Baltimore will certainly like. The Ravens would improve to 2-0 in the division if they can beat Cleveland, who comes into the game with an 0-3 record overall.
So, its probably a fair bet that the Ravens were still smiling from time to time about finally beating the Patriots. But they also knew it was time to focus on the Browns.