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Ravens Will Soon Find Out If They Belong With Top Teams

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October 16, 2019 - 2:47 pm
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By Tim Barbalace

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The Ravens are in a strong position in the AFC North through the season's first six weeks. Baltimore sits at 4-2 with a two-game lead over the Browns and Steelers, but fans are still skeptical about how good this Ravens team is.

Their four wins have come against the Dolphins, Cardinals, Steelers, and Bengals. Those teams combined for a 4-18-1 record. It's also worth noting that outside of the Miami game, Baltimore combined to beat the other three teams by 15 points.

The Ravens don't have to apologize to anyone for the schedule that they have played. There are also no bonus points awarded to teams that win by way of blowouts, but it is fair to say that they need to perform better.

"For sure, we're going to have to watch this film and get better at the little things," Mark Andrews said. "My fumble, penalties, little stuff like that is going to happen, but we have to keep it to a minimum and be more efficient. We're going to face some good teams coming up, and we can't do these things."  

Sunday marks the beginning of a daunting stretch for the Ravens. Over the next seven games, they face only one team with a losing record (at Cincinnati). The combined record of their next seven opponents is 27-13 (.675 winning percentage).

The Ravens will also face much stiffer competition for their offense over that span as four of those seven opponents boast a top 12 defense (Patriots 1st, 49ers 2nd, Bills 3rd and Rams 12th). Comparatively, Baltimore has faced five of the nine worst defenses thus far, including the bottom three (Cardinals 30th, Bengals 31st, and Dolphins 32nd).

Baltimore's much-maligned defense will face tough challenges as well. They will go against six of the top 12 offenses (49ers 4th, Seahawks 5th, Texans 6th, Patriots 8th, Bills 10th, and Rams 12th).  

The Browns still appear to be the Ravens' top competition for the division, and their soft end to the schedule will only help that claim. Following three tough games against the Patriots, Broncos, and Bills, Cleveland faces one team with a winning record in their final seven weeks (vs. Ravens). The combined record of those seven teams is 10-30-1 (.250 winning percentage).

Fans deserve to have room for pause in determining if the Ravens are as good as their 4-2 record indicates.  But if Baltimore can survive the upcoming gauntlet and become AFC North Champions again, they will have earned it.