Many people never thought the Baltimore Ravens could stand alone atop the AFC North this season. However, at the end of week 10, that’s where the team stands.
The Ravens topped their arch rival the Pittsburgh Steelers 21-14 on November 6 after holding off a fourth quarter run by the Steelers.
When the game concluded, the Ravens found themselves holding the top spot in the division. Next up was a Thursday night game on November 10 against the Cleveland Browns, another conference foe.
Many predicted the Ravens would come out victorious due to the fact the Browns were coming to Charm City bolstering a 0-9 record.
When the final whistle blew, the Ravens had coasted to a 28-7 victory. Led by a strong defensive effort, the Ravens held the Browns scoreless in the second half.
After competing on Thursday night, Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun reported that the Ravens got the weekend off and would return to practice on Tuesday, November 15.
Having already completed their week 10 contest, Ravens’ players and coaches alike were able to sit back and watch some football. What the Ravens saw surely brought a smile to their faces. The Ravens were able to relax and watch the Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals each fall in week 10.
Not only are the Ravens the lone wolf at the top of the AFC North with the only record above .500, but the Ravens also have one of “the best defenses in the league,” CBS Baltimore reported.
The Ravens, who started the year 3-0, fell to 3-4 heading into their bye week. Since then, the Ravens have regrouped and have won two big conference games back-to-back earning a 3-0 record in conference play.
Ravens’ head coach John Harbaugh was asked what it means to be in charge at the top of the conference.
“‘That’s something that’s really important to us…Whether it’s in a game or in a season, you want to get the lead. When you get the lead, you want to keep the lead. When you keep the lead, you want to expand the lead. That’s what we aim to do in every game, not always successfully, but that’s our goal. Certainly, that’s going to be our objective during the course of the season,'” Harbaugh told Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun.
The Ravens’ winning record is on the line this weekend. The team travels to Texas to take on the Dallas Cowboys, a team that has one of the best offenses in the league. This will be one of the hardest tests the Ravens have faced so far this season as one of the best defenses goes head-to-head against one of the best offenses.
Tune into CBS on November 20, at 1:00 p.m. to watch the Ravens take on the Cowboys.
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