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Ravens have NFL's fourth-best fans, study says

If you're among those who helped keep M&T Bank Stadium full during the Ravens' 5-11 season in 2007 and again during the 11-5 turnaround in 2008, you're part of the reason the team has the fourth-best fans in the NFL.

That's according to a study released last week by Emory University, which ranks the league's best fans based on statistical models that take into account box office revenue, market size, median income, won-loss records and more over the past 15 seasons.

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The teams were then ranked depending on how much they over- or under-performed at the box office based on those models' predictions through the 2014-15 season.

The New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants ranked ahead of the Ravens. Only one other AFC North team (the Pittsburgh Steelers at No. 14) ranked in the top half of the league.

The Cleveland Browns, meanwhile, just barely avoided a last-place finish and the study suggests fans there "may have never recovered from the loss of the Ravens, and the recreation of the Browns."

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