On a current four-year streak of winning seasons, the Baltimore Ravens haven’t had to climb themselves out of a big hole in recent history. But that doesn’t mean they haven’t experienced year-over-year turnarounds or down years.
Let’s take a look at some of the worst seasons and greatest comeback seasons in Ravens history.
What was the worst season in Ravens history?
During their relatively short history since being considered an expansion team in 1996, the Ravens haven’t had any truly disastrous win-loss records. Their worst record came that first year at 4-12, but they were only the fourth-worst team in the league (the Jets went 1-15, while the Falcons and Saints finished 3-13).
The Ravens followed that up with a 6-9-1 record in 1997. Ray Lewis broke out in his second season with 184 tackles (which wound up being his career high) and the first of his 13 Pro Bowl nods.
What was the Ravens’ best one-year turnaround in history?
The Ravens’ best one-season turnaround was seven wins between 2005 (6-10) and 2006 (13-3). The 2006 team was led by quarterback Steve McNair, acquired during the offseason in a trade from the Tennessee Titans. McNair put up more than 3,000 passing yards, and Baltimore won the AFC North after going 6-10 in 2005.