By Matt Vensel
1:54 PM EDT, October 3, 2012
The Ravens will hit the road again this weekend and travel outside the Eastern time zone for the first time this season.
Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City is considered by players and coaches to be one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL, though the Chiefs are 0-2 at home this year.
There have been as many questions about the venue as there have been about the opponents out at the Under Armour Performance Center this week.
Anyway, that got me thinking about how the Ravens have fared outside this time zone under John Harbaugh.
The results might not be what you think, actually. The Ravens are 17-16 on the road under Harbaugh, and some of the most memorable losses (for all the wrong reasons) have come out west, like the letdown in Seattle and the beatdown in San Diego last season. But surprisingly, the Ravens are 8-5 when they leave the time zone.
In Harbaugh’s first season, the Ravens went 3-0 in such games, including a big win over the Dallas Cowboys in the final game at their old stadium and a playoff win over the Tennessee Titans. The following season, they went 2-2, losing twice to NFC North teams. The Ravens went 2-0 against teams outside our time zone in 2011. But last season was not as successful, as the Ravens went 1-3 in such games, with losses to the Titans, Seahawks and Chargers.
Is this anything more than a fun factoid? Probably not. But it can’t hurt their confidence knowing that they have had success after long flights in the past, including their 30-7 playoff win over the Chiefs in 2010, a performance that left the Arrowhead crowd eerily silent.
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