Ravens have strong history of rebounding

December, 28, 2013
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OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens suffered the second-worst loss in team history when they got routed by the New England Patriots last Sunday, 41-7. Based on their history, that is actually a good thing for the Ravens heading into Sunday's critical game at the Cincinnati Bengals.

In six seasons under coach John Harbaugh, the Ravens are 9-0 after losing a game by double digits. Their track record is they rebound strong, with the Ravens winning those games by an average margin of 19.6 points.

Linebacker Terrell Suggs joked that the Ravens burned the tape from the crushing loss to the Patriots, and the sense in the Ravens' locker room is everyone has put all of their focus on the Bengals.

"You're not going to see anybody smiling, happy or anything right now because of the situation we're in. It's strictly business," running back Ray Rice said. "We're going out there for nothing else, just going out there to win the game.”

The Ravens' trend of shaking off bad losses dates to 2008, when the team lost by 28 points at Indianapolis. The Ravens then won at the Miami Dolphins the next week, 27-13.

It was the same way this season when the Ravens were beaten 49-27 in the opener in Denver. The next week, the Ravens topped the Cleveland Browns, 14-6.

The Ravens need that same type of performance if they want to reach the playoffs for a sixth consecutive season.

"I take a lot of pride being in the playoffs every year," Rice said. "Quite frankly, I'm not looking forward for it to change."

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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