The Ravens have won a Super Bowl, finished a season with a 2,000-yard rusher (Jamal Lewis in 2003), and boasted two players named as the NFL Defensive Player of the Year (inside linebacker Ray Lewis in 2000 and 2003 and free safety Ed Reed in 2004).
But the franchise has never gone a season undefeated at home – an omission that can change if the Ravens hold serve against the Cleveland Browns at M&T Bank Stadium on Christmas Eve.
The possibility of the club’s first 8-0 record at home appealed to outside linebacker Terrell Suggs.
“Even in our 13-3 year [in 2006], I didn’t go undefeated at home,” he said. “Even last year, I didn’t go undefeated at home. So it would be a great accomplishment. I get to feel something that I’ve never accomplished as a football player before. It’ll be good. Our home fans got to see us win every game. They came to see us play. It also gets us one step closer to where we want to go. I think it’ll be huge. It’ll be monumental. So we’ve definitely got to do it.”
Running back Ray Rice was in the same boat as Suggs, but he took the idea a step further.
“It’s going to be a great accomplishment if we get it done,” Rice said. “The fans get to say look, ‘The Ravens gave us a sight to see at home this year.’ But I’m sure they would even appreciate it more if the playoffs were here as well. We’re doing it for a lot of people – for ourselves, our pride, everything that goes along with being a Raven is on the line.”Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun