On Paper, Numbers In Ravens' Favor


The numbers are working in Baltimore's favor.

The Ravens have won eight straight games against AFC North opponents, 10 straight at M&T Bank Stadium, and 18 of 19 games at home.

Also, Head Coach John Harbaugh has won every Week 1 game in his four years in Baltimore and the Ravens are currently riding a three-game winning streak against the Cincinnati Bengals.

On paper, that bodes well for the Ravens heading into Monday night's regular-season opener against the Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium.

Despite the streaks, the Ravens aren't dwelling on the success of previous seasons.

"Man the streaks were last year," cornerback Lardarius Webb said. "It's a whole new year, a whole new start, a whole new team. We really aren't going to worry about any of those streaks that we had last year. We're trying to start a streak this year, and it starts by going 1-0."

Linebacker Ray Lewis echoed that sentiment.

"Everything of 2011 is done," Lewis said. "It's done. That chapter is closed. Now we have a whole new chapter ahead of us. We would really enjoy coming out of the gate 1-0 at home and definitely in the division. It would be huge for us."

For the Bengals, they're trying to break a trend from last year. Cincinnati made the playoffs last season with a 9-7 record but went winless (0-7) against playoff teams. 

The Bengals are now out to shake the reputations that they can't beat good teams.

"You have to win, you have to win against good teams, and until you do everybody can say and do what they want," Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis said.

The Ravens want to keep that from happening, but they emphasized that the recent winning streaks are the furthest things from their mind.

"We swept the division last year, yes we did. We won all our home games last year, yes we did," Webb said. "But that was last year. Please forget it. We just want to go 1-0 against Cincinnati."

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