OWINGS MILLS, Md. — John Harbaugh wasn’t ready to talk about last night’s win.
Despite the 37-20 statement victory over the previously unbeaten Patriots, Harbaugh won’t let his team get complacent with maybe the worst team in the NFL on deck.
“It’s probably more than a good win, but it’s behind us now,” Harbaugh said.
The Ravens scored as many touchdowns (four) as the Patriots had allowed through their first eight games of the season.
In Cincinnati, the Ravens will face the worst defense in the NFL, a unit that is allowing 435.8 yards per game. That’s a significant step up from the Patriots, who now are second in the league.
The Bengals are 22nd in the NFL in pass defense and have the worst run defense in the league by 20 yards.
Harbaugh, whether it’s just coach-speak or otherwise, isn’t letting the Ravens look past the Bengals.
“We also understand that records don’t mean one thing,” Harbaugh said. “They don’t. It’s the National Football League. We’ll have to play our best and they’re going to be healthy coming off their bye with a great gameplan. We’re going to have to play our best game of the year.”
Cincinnati is set to start rookie quarterback Ryan Finlay on Sunday in what will be his NFL debut.
The biggest storyline, Harbaugh explained, is to not allow the win over the Patriots to consume them.
“We do what we always do,” Harbaugh said. “I don’t want to downplay it, but I’m not too concerned about our guys. If I see a problem, I’m going to be all over them, they know that. Our guys understand that if you want to make a big win matter, you’ve got to follow it up with a win. If you follow it up with a loss, you’re just negating the win. You might as well have not won the game.”
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