The Ravens' unofficial first half started with three wins and ended with four losses. An uplifting September morphed into a dreadful October that summoned flashbacks to last year's 5-11 debacle.
Injuries hit again. Mistakes multiplied. Frustration peaked.
Yet as the Ravens enter their bye week, optimism also remained. They've been in every game until the end. Most of their injured starters are expected to return in time to face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 6. At 3-4, the Ravens are just one game behind the first-place Steelers (4-3) in the AFC North.
Preparation for the first of two Steelers' matchups will begin in earnest when players return to the team facility...