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After practice run for West Coast trips, Ravens realize they'll have to do better

Ravens coach John Harbaugh had said he hoped that last week, which included three consecutive days of joint practices with the Eagles followed by last night's game, would be good preparation for the Ravens' two extended West Coast trips this season.

After opening the regular season in Denver, the Ravens will fly to San Jose, Calif., and prepare there for a Week 2 matchup against the Oakland Raiders. Then, following their Week 6 road game against the San Francisco 49ers, the team will fly to Phoenix for a week of practice before the Oct. 26 game against the Arizona Cardinals.

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"I prefer to come in the day before a game, prepare, play and then go home. It's tough, especially for a person like me, being away from the family for a couple of days," Ravens safety Will Hill said after Saturday night's loss. "Hopefully, this prepared us for the upcoming experiences of being on the West Coast. We put ourselves in this environment and we showed a lot of discipline [during the week]. It's good that we got this out in the preseason so we'll be ready to attack this head on in the regular season. We know what to expect and as professionals we should have learned."

Second-year linebacker C.J. Mosley acknowledged that the Ravens will have to figure out a way to handle the circumstances better.

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"I assume most of us have dealt with this situation before, but that was in college in preparation for bowl games where you are away for a week," Mosley said. "For the most part, we were comfortable here and I think we practiced well. But we're going to have to look at our focus mentally, and find out how to remain sharp."

Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston contributed to this article.

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