Ravens players all know that if they are going to accomplish what they want -- and that's to be the final AFC team left standing -- they're probably going to have to beat the New England Patriots at some point to do it.
Immediately after their 20-10 victory, the Ravens started focusing on their next challenge -- trying to mount a successful playoff run. Preparations for the 2015 season can wait, even though their opponents for next year are now all set.
The Ravens can clinch a playoff berth with a win over the Browns plus a Bengals loss, or a Ravens win plus the San Diego Chargers losing or tying the Kansas City Chiefs or a Ravens tie plus a Chargers loss.
As he walked out of the visiting locker room late Sunday afternoon following one of the finest days of his career, Ravens outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil was serenaded by a chant that is usually heard only at his home stadium.
Every week, reporter Jon Meoli will serve up five stats you should know heading into that week's Ravens game. This week's stats, prepared ahead of Sunday's playoff-type showdown with the Miami Dolphins, touch on some rate stats at which the Ravens excel, and how they might impact one of the biggest games of the season.
Now that former Ravens running back Ray Rice has been reinstated by the NFL, sources with knowledge of the situation said that nothing concrete has developed quickly in terms of teams pursuing the three-time Pro Bowl runner.
Though Ray Rice is now cleared to return to the NFL, there remains lingering doubt about whether any team will be interested in a 27-year-old running back who hasn't played in a game of any significance since last December.
The Ravens traded up to select linebacker Arthur Brown in the second round of the 2013 NFL draft, but the 2012 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year's highlight reel has effectively been put on pause at the professional level.