The Ravens have a defense that ranks among the league's worst, an offense that's sputtered on the road and they're coming off the most lopsided defeat of John Harbaugh's five-year tenure as coach. They're also coping with injuries to two of their most important defensive players.
Yet, Baltimore is 5-2, has a two-game lead in the AFC North and its next two opponents - the Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders - are a combined 3-10.
Here are some key numbers from the Ravens' first seven games:
Running backs Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce are averaging a combined five yards per carry, although they have carried the ball on just 30 percent of Baltimore's offensive plays.
The Ravens have yielded 13 sacks during their last four games. They limited the Dallas Cowboys to only one sack in Week 6, but have allowed four sacks in each of the other three games during that span.
Tight end Dennis Pitta had an average of just 22 receiving yards in Baltimore's last four games. He got off to a hot start - hauling in 18 catches for 188 yards and two scores in the first three games - but has only 12 grabs for 88 yards with no touchdowns in the the last four.
The Ravens are converting just 27.5 of their third downs on the road. In contrast, they're 42.8 percent on third downs at home. Baltimore is averaging 32 points per game at home compared to just 15 points per game on the road.
Joe Flacco has completed an NFL-best 29 passing plays of 20 yards or more. He's struggled in the Ravens' three road games, but had 299 yards or more in three of Baltimore's first three home games. He threw for a season-high 382 yards and three touchdowns in the Ravens' 31-30 win against the New England Patriots in Week 3.
Fullback Vonta Leach, a Pro Bowler each of the last two years, has been in on just 37 percent of Baltimore's offensive snaps, although head coach John Harbaugh said he expects Leach's role to increase during the second half of the season.
Just more than five months removed from surgery to repair a partial tear of his right Achilles tendon, outside linebacker Terrell Suggs was in for 44 snaps of the Ravens' loss to the Houston Texans last weekend. He had four tackles, a sack and two pass deflections. Without Suggs in the lineup, Baltimore had only 10 sacks in its first six games with just two of those coming from outside linebackers.
Flacco's 53.9 QBR, as recorded by ESPN, is just 17th-best among starting quarterbacks. ESPN's QBR rates quarterbacks on a scale from 0-100. Flacco had a 95.1 QBR in Week 1 and a 93.2 rating in Week 3, but had a total QBR of of 34.0 or less in each of the Ravens' three road games. His 0.3 QBR amid the loss to the Texans was the lowest mark of Flacco's five-year career.
Baltimore has been flagged for an NFL-high 57 penalties. Cornerback Jimmy Smith has been called for a team-high five penalties. Safety Bernard Pollard, offensive guard Marshal Yanda and offensive tackle Kelechi Osemele have each been penalized four times.
Prior to the last three games, the Ravens allowed 320 passing yards or more to three straight opposing quarterbacks. Baltimore is ranked 23rd in the NFL in pass defense and will be without top cornerback Lardarius Webb for the rest of the season.
Veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin leads the Ravens with 453 receiving yards on a team-high 31 catches. Boldin was limited to three catches for 24 yards against Houston last week, but had 18 catches for 311 yards in Baltimore's previous three games.
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The Ravens have surrendered 622 rushing yards in their last three games, including a franchise-record 227 yards to the Cowboys in Week 6. Baltimore's run defense is ranked fourth-worst in the NFL.