A season once with so much promise appears to be teetering on the brink.
But the head coach says the sky isn’t completely falling in on the Ravens.
“You study the tape. There’s lots of things to get better at. But, it’s not as bad as it felt after the game,” said John Harbaugh on Monday.
Sunday’s game felt like, and was, a beatdown.
A 36-21 loss at the hands of the Panthers.
“The guys played super hard. They played very hard,” said Harbaugh. “We just didn’t play well all the time and the Panthers made a lot of really good plays.”
Little went right in Charlotte.
Baltimore was outmatched in every way imaginable. They committed three more turnovers (a fumble and two interceptions). That’s a stat for the season Harbaugh said needs to change if the Ravens want to turn things around.
“We’re minus-4. You can put it right on that if you want. If we’re not minus-4, what’s our record? If we’re even, if we’re plus-4 what’s our record? It’s probably completely flipped. So, It’s a big part of it,” he said.
Now comes an absolutely critical juncture in the Ravens season.
Over the next three weeks they’ll face both division rivals ahead of them in the AFC North.
Both at home.
Next week the Ravens host the Steelers, then they get a bye week before hosting Cincinnati.
“Huge game coming up at our stadium. We’re looking forward to it. It means a lot,” said Harbaugh. “We’re 4-4 in a .500 league. We’re a game out of first place and we’ve got our season in front of us. We’d all love to have a better record than we do right now. We probably should have a better record. But the record is what it is.”
With the Ravens toughest tests ahead of them.