The Ravens (1-3) are already one-quarter through their season. So despite Thursday night’s dramatic victory in Pittsburgh, they need to make up ground in the second quarter of their schedule.
Let’s look ahead to the Ravens’ next four games:
Week 5 - Oct. 11 vs. Browns (1-2) at M&T Bank Stadium
Week 6 - Oct. 18 at 49ers (1-2)
Week 7 - Oct. 26 (Monday night) at Cardinals (3-0)
Week 8 - Nov. 1 vs. Chargers (1-2) at M&T
The Ravens can’t afford to lose both games out West, as they did last month at Denver and at Oakland. This time, they have decided to return home between games, but that means logging plenty of miles over those two weeks.
The Ravens would have loved to escape the first four games no worse than 2-2. Realistically, they knew playing five of their first seven on the road would make it very difficult to start fast. But they never envisioned losing their first three. They didn’t anticipate losing linebacker Terrell Suggs for the season in Game 1. And after Breshad Perriman looked so impressive minicamps, they didn’t expect Perriman’s knee injury on the first day of training camp to keep him out so long.
That’s why every player in the locker room Thursday night was elated to get victory No. 1. It has already been a long season for the Ravens, just four games in.
“There’s really not that much in the world, at least in my life, that compares to winning a game in the National Football League,” said quarterback Joe Flacco.
Now comes the challenge of winning some more. But Thursday night, the Ravens showed they still have the will to win, despite not having the record they want.
“This team has a lot of fight,” said wide receiver Kamar Aiken. “We won’t give up. That’s one thing that Ravens don’t do. We’re going to grind it out, all the way to the end.”