The last time the Ravens won a road game, the weather was warm, the month was September, and the opponent was the Jaguars.
That doesn’t bode well for the Ravens’ playoff chances. They can only guarantee themselves a playoff spot by winning their last two games – at Pittsburgh on Sunday, and at Cincinnati on Jan. 1. For the Ravens to pull that off, they will have to snap a four-game road losing streak.
Back in September, the Ravens won road games against the Browns and Jaguars, two of the NFL’s worst teams. Since then, the road has been rough on the Ravens. Here’s a quick synopsis of the Ravens’ last four road games:
Oct: 16 – Giants 27, Ravens 23
The Ravens jumped to a 13-0 lead and things looked good for them. Then cornerback Jimmy Smith suffered a concussion and missed the second half. Then Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. went wild, finishing with 222 yards receiving and two touchdowns, including a 66-yard go-ahead TD with less than two minutes remaining. Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs also suffered a torn biceps that he has been playing with ever since.
Oct: 23 – Jets 24, Ravens 16
Maybe the Ravens’ most disappointing loss of the season, considering they led 10-0 against the woeful Jets (4-10). But the momentum changed after Jets quarterback Geno Smith suffered a season-ending knee injury and Ryan Fitzpatrick entered the game at quarterback. Meanwhile, the Ravens were shutout in the second half.
Nov. 20 – Cowboys 27, Ravens 17
Dak Prescott threw for 301 yards and three touchdowns, as the Cowboys took control in the second half. With Smith injured again, another big-time receiver, Dez Bryant, caught two touchdown passes for the Cowboys.
Dec. 12 – Patriots 30, Ravens 23
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (406 yards passing, three touchdowns) was superb, even for him. Three Patriots turnovers helped the Ravens cut a 23-3 deficit to 23-20. But the Ravens’ secondary made a crushing coverage mistake, leaving Patriots receiver Chris Hogan wide open for a 79-yard TD pass that basically iced the game.
Considering that recent history, can the Ravens win back-to-back road games and win the AFC North? It’s a tall order, one that might require their two best games of the season.
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