Ravens are hot at home when it's cold


OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he enjoys playing in inclement weather games, so he must be happy to know that a wintry mix is in the forecast for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings at M&T Bank Stadium.

The National Weather Service in Baltimore has issued a winter storm watch, which is in effect from Sunday morning through Monday morning. Snow and sleet will change over to freezing rain by Sunday afternoon. There's a chance of one to two inches of snow and sleet, and a quarter inch or more of ice accumulation is possible.

To me, [the weather] adds to the drama, and we feel like we're built for that sort of thing," Harbaugh said.

While every NFL team believes it's built for rough weather, the Ravens have the numbers to back it up. The Ravens are 14-2 in home games when the temperature was below 40 degrees. The Ravens have won 14 of the past 15 such contests, posting a 2-0 mark this season.

The high temperature for Sunday is expected to be 36 degrees.

Do the Ravens feel they play better when the weather is worse?

"You like to think so," Harbaugh said. "We want to take that kind of mindset. I think most teams probably do, unless you play in a dome or something."

A dome team like the Vikings, perhaps? Historically, teams that play home games indoors don't fare too well in less-than-ideal conditions. Since 1996, dome teams are 3-9 when playing games in Baltimore in December and January.