The major drawback to playing a Thursday night game is, of course, the physical demands of taking the field twice in five days. On the flip side, when you get through it, you have that extra rest for the following week. That’s where John Harbaugh’s Ravens find themselves as they get into the meat of their schedule.
“Players will be back tomorrow after playing two very physical games in five days,” said Harbaugh on Monday. “They should be refreshed and ready to go in a lot of ways.”
Baltimore may lead the Steelers by a game for first place in the AFC North, but the final seven weeks of the season is the real test. It includes three games against division rivals (Bengals twice, at Pittsburgh) and the remaining opponents boasting a combined record of 25-11.
“The last win doesn’t mean much if you don’t win the next one. You gotta stack wins to be successful and that’s what we’re aiming to accomplish,” said Harbaugh.
After beating the worst team in the NFL last Thursday (Cleveland), the Ravens travel to face the best team in the league Sunday, 8-1 Dallas. It’ll be the Cowboys’ top-five offense taking on Baltimore’s number one-ranked defense.
“This is another one, going down there, taking on the team with the best record in football, with the best offense in football,” said Harbaugh. “Sure, we’re looking forward to that.”
Harbaugh confirmed that offensive lineman Alex Lewis suffered a high-ankle sprain against the Browns. He’s expected to miss about six weeks. The head coach is hopeful to get Lewis back before the end of the season.