Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Ravens can set record against Steelers
By Jamison Hensley
A Ravens' win on Sunday would wrap up a second straight season sweep of the Steelers and knock them from the AFC North race. But this victory would have significance that goes beyond their division rivals.
If Baltimore beats Pittsburgh, it will mark the Ravens' 13th straight win in the division, which would set the NFL record for the longest in the league since the 2002 division realignment. The Ravens are currently tied with the Colts, who won 12 consecutive games in the AFC South from 2004 to 2006.
The Ravens have the longest division winning streak. The Packers have won nine games in a row in the NFC North, and the Patriots have reeled off eight straight in the AFC East.
Here's 12 numbers that stand out during the Ravens' 12-game win streak in the AFC North:
0 -- Times the Ravens have trailed at halftime (average lead has been 7.6 points)
2 -- Fourth-quarter comebacks by quarterback Joe Flacco (at Pittsburgh in 2011 and at Cleveland in 2012)
3 -- Smallest margin of victory by the Ravens, who won by a field goal in Pittsburgh on Nov. 6, 2011, and Nov. 18, 2012
5 -- Interceptions thrown by Flacco, who has 15 touchdown passes during this streak
7 -- Starting different quarterbacks defeated (Colt McCoy, Carson Palmer, Ben Roethlisberger, Andy Dalton, Seneca Wallace, Brandon Weeden and Byron Leftwich)
8 -- Interceptions by safety Ed Reed
14 -- Offensive touchdowns scored against the Ravens
22.5 -- Sacks recorded by the Ravens
31 -- Largest margin of victory by the Ravens, who routed the Bengals, 44-13, in the 2012 season opener
33 -- Turnovers forced by the Ravens
96.6 -- Average rushing yards for running back Ray Rice
728 -- Days (on Sunday) since the last time the Ravens lost an AFC North game in the regular season. It was Dec. 5, 2010 against Pittsburgh