The Ravens have seen this scenario play out before.
After a resounding 28-point beatdown of the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 11 that seemingly lifted the city of Baltimore, the Ravens dropped a 26-13 decision to the Tennessee Titans the following Sunday. After another convincing victory over the Houston Texans on Oct. 16, the Ravens displayed some of their worst football in recent memory, falling to a one-win Jacksonville Jaguars team, 12-7.
That’s why the team is intent on avoiding a similar outcome when it takes on a 2-6 Seattle Seahawks squad Sunday that has lost three straight.
“It resonates with us a lot because you’d give one back,” coach John Harbaugh said of losing to the Seahawks after completing a stunning comeback win against the Steelers on Sunday night. “It would still be a division win, it would still be a conference win, but we don’t want to win one, then give one back. And that’s going to be true for the rest of the season. Every game we play is going to be the most important game. This is the most important game of the season that we are going to play.”
Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs argued that the losses to the Titans and Jaguars had little to do with coming off the significant wins against the Steelers and Texans, respectively. But he did acknowledge the pattern.
“We’re well aware of that now,” Suggs said. “… So we don’t want to start a little trend there, absolutely not. But we’re well aware of it, and we know this is going to be a tough one to get, and we’re just going to prepare all week for it.”