The Ravens will quickly find out where they're heading when they come out of the bye week.
With an offense that produces just 15 points per game on the road where the Ravens are lucky to be 1-2, there's not any more time left to figure out things.
Three of their next four games are away from home.
They start with a Nov. 4 game at the Cleveland Browns, then road trips to the Pittsburgh Steelers and San Diego Chargers.
If they haven't come up with a plan to get quarterback Joe Flacco on track or how to stuff the run for this stretch, their season will be in peril.
"The games coming up, there are few of them that are must-wins. Every season you're going to have a couple games that are must-wins," linebacker Paul Kruger said. "We're at a point in the season where we're building our identity.
"This bye has come at a perfect time. We're going to get out bodies back, get our rest. It'll be easier to come back and get the excitement back."
The Browns have a rookie quarterback in Brandon Weeden, who threw for 320 yards in a 23-16 loss in Baltimore. It will be the Ravens' first road game in the AFC North.
"I don't know about the most difficult stretch but we take every game seriously," left guard Bobbie Williams said of a one-win Browns team that has lost several close games. "We're going to line them up and take them one at a time.
"We got Clevelend. In the division. On the road. That's crucial, period. If you want to get anywhere, it starts with the division. I would classify that as crucial."