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Ravens hit pause button as bye week arrives

Baltimore earns narrow win over Eagles, gets two weeks to prepare for Steelers
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Posted at 4:53 PM, Oct 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-19 17:57:45-04

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — It's time for the Ravens to hit the pause button after a close call in Philly.

"We’re happy because we got the win at the end of the day. But, I think as an overall team, the feeling and the morale from that game was we should have won it in a way different way in which we did," said Ravens safety Chuck Clark.

The Ravens embark on their bye week with a 5-1 record and plenty to work on following that narrow 30-28 win over the Eagles.

"We can’t look at one little detail about what we need to fix," said Ravens rookie linebacker Patrick Queen. "Everybody’s got stuff that they need to work on."

"It's not too often that we've been 5-1 so I never want to discount that. I never want to discount that with the players. I think they deserve credit for winning the games because that's the goal and that's what you're judged by," said Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh. "But, we have a lot of work to do and our guys like working."

In previous years players may have opted for a quick get-away or mini vacation during their bye. Not this season. Not in the middle of a pandemic. This year they’ll be sticking around the facility.

"Honestly for us, since we still have to be here and we still have to get tested, stay healthy and keep the game safe, a lot of us are still going to have that time to come up here, take that extra tending and caring to our bodies," said Clark. "So, we’ll definitely have a little more time to get healthy and attack the rest of this season."

They’ll also have a little more time to prepare for their biggest rival. When they start attacking the rest of the season they get the Pittsburgh Steelers at home on November 1.

"They’re a great team and I’m ready to go get after them," said Queen. "I know about the rivalry. So, it’s going to be a fun game. I can’t wait."

From an injury standpoint Harbaugh said running back Mark Ingram has an ankle sprain and 'probably will be back' for the Steelers game. He added that guard Tyre Phillips' hand injury is not serious. However cornerback Anthony Averett will miss 5-6 weeks with a slight fracture in his shoulder.

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