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Ravens' meaningless 4-0 preseason record could bode well down the road

Ravens' meaningless 4-0 preseason record could bode well down the road

As an accomplished mathematician who took classes at Massachusetts Institute of Technology to pursue a doctorate in that field, John Urschel has a fondness for numbers. But the projected starting left guard boiled down the Ravens’ 4-0 record in the preseason to a simple approach to the regular season.

“I think if you go undefeated, it definitely matters,” he said after Saturday’s practice. “If you go winless, it doesn’t matter at all.”

Certainly how a team fares in the preseason does not ensure a similar path in the regular season. But history shows that teams that go undefeated in exhibition games might find more...

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