Return Home Comes At Perfect Time


What's the perfect remedy after dropping a pair of division road games in back-to-back weeks?

Returning to M&T Bank Stadium.

The Ravens have concluded a stretch of playing four of their last five games on the road, and now they have a matchup in Baltimore against the Tennessee Titans (2-6).

Coming home could be just what the doctor ordered as the Ravens try to climb out of the cellar in the AFC North.

"Take care of your home games," outside linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "You have to win your home games and do what you can on the road, and we should end up fine."

The Ravens have been one of the NFL's best teams playing in front of their home crowd. They have a record of 42-10 in Baltimore since Head Coach John Harbaugh arrived in 2008, which is second only to the New England Patriots during that stretch.

The Ravens have won 33 of their last 39 games at M&T Bank Stadium, and have a 3-1 mark this year.

"We love our crowd," Harbaugh said. "It's a tough place for opponents to play. All these stadiums are. It's tough for us to go into other stadiums, and it's tough for people to come into our place. We're going to need our fans behind us."

The flip side to playing at home is that the Ravens have to play the Titans coming off a bye week. Going up against an opponent after a bye week is often a challenge because they have two weeks to prepare for the matchup.

"The facts are when a team is coming off a bye and you're going into a bye, that's a tough one," Harbaugh said. "If you look at the metrics, the Vegas people are going to be betting against us on that one. That's a proven loser in Vegas. So, we're going to have to make sure we overcome that."

After dealing with life on the road for the last month, the Ravens will finish the season with four of their final seven games in Baltimore.

The Ravens have struggled away from M&T Bank Stadium the last two seasons. They won just two road games last year, and have a 2-3 mark this year. Overall, the Ravens are 25-28 on the road during Harbaugh's tenure.

The Ravens have dropped road games this year to the Steelers, Bengals and Colts.

"Three of the last [five games] have been tough environments on the road and we have not managed to find a way to win there, and that's something that we're going to have to find a way to do as the season goes on," Harbaugh said. "That's going to be important for us. We're capable of doing it, and we have to become good enough to do that."

The Ravens have road games remaining against New Orleans (4-4), Miami (5-3) and Houston (4-5).

But before the Ravens worry about packing up again, all the focus is on this week's critical game against the Titans.

"We're going to need our fans there and excited," Harbaugh said. "And we need to play our best."

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