At M&T Bank Stadium, the Ravens have proven almost impossible to beat.
They went 8-0 at home last season and have won 18 of their last 19 games there. About to enter his fifth season, coach John Harbaugh is undefeated in openers.
While the Ravens are trying to forget about all of that going into Monday night's opener vs. the Cincinnati Bengals, its hard to overlook even if cornerback Lardarius Webb wants to declare their dominance irrelevant.
"This is a whole new year. A whole new start. A whole new team. We really don't worry about any of those streaks that we had last year. We're trying to start of a streak this year and it starts off by going 1-0," Webb said.
But why is it so difficult for road teams to win in Baltimore? The last home loss was 13-10 to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Dec. 5, 2010.
"We have great fans here, and I think when our defense gets out there and is playing with that much noise, it causes the other offense to really think about some of the things that they are doing just because of the noise they have to deal with," Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said. "It can get us going a little bit. ... We definitely feel the energy of the crowd. We feel comfortable there.
Center Matt Birk sometimes faces similar challenges on the road.
"It's the crowds noise. Where you can really gain an advantage is on defense. That crowd is loud. Makes it very difficult to communicate offensively," he said. "You have to combat that. There are certain things you cant do. You cant do everything you want on offense if youre playing in a loud, loud place. Theres a clock, youre under pressure and this and that. You can use that to your advantage. I think our defense does that."
Knowing how difficult it can be to face the Ravens' defense in practice, receiver Tandon Doss agrees.
"Our fans are great. Our defense is unbelievable. Going against them each and every day you've got to bring your A game," Doss said. "If not you're going to get locked down. It's tough."