Friday, November 16, 2012
Ravens' division dominance nearing record
By Jamison Hensley
The Baltimore Ravens' dominance in the AFC North is nearing a record level.
If Baltimore beats Pittsburgh, the Ravens will extend their division win streak to 12 games, which would tie the Colts for the longest in the league since the division realignment in 2002, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The Colts won 12 consecutive games in the AFC South from 2004 to 2006. Only two other teams (the Seahawks and Eagles) have had double-digit win streaks within their divisions in the past decade.
The last time the Ravens lost in the AFC North was Dec. 5, 2010, when they fell to the Steelers 13-10 at M&T Bank Stadium. That's also the last time the Ravens have lost at home.
The Ravens also own the longest current division win streak in the NFL. The Packers have won eight straight in the NFC North, and the Patriots have won seven consecutive in the AFC East.
Since John Harbaugh started coaching the Ravens in 2008, Baltimore has produced a 20-7 record in AFC North play. That ranks as the NFL’s third-best mark by a team against its division over the past four-plus seasons.