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Ravens Win the Easy Ones!

In a discussion about predictions for the upcoming season, I stumbled upon something that I had thought was true, but now is validated: under John Harbaugh, we do not lose easy games.  As Ravens fans, it used to drive us crazy when under previous head coach, Brian Billick, we lost to teams which we were supposed to beat.  Under current head coach John Harbaugh over the past 2 years, we have only lost to playoff teams or teams fighting for spots.  The only team over the past 2 years we lost to which did not make the playoffs was the Steelers last year, and they  were fighting for a playoff spot.  I think this is a very telling stat.  We also generally put away the bad teams early in the game so that if something goes wrong late in the game, it will be too late to blow the game.  We beat bottom-dwellers like Cle x2, Det, Chi, KC, Den last year by a combined score of 197-44, unlike Pittsburgh, who lost to many of those bottom dwellers such as KC, Chi, Cle and Oak, all who should have been blown out.

For the record:

2009 Losses- .500 and under: None

Over .500: NE, Ind (x2), Min, Cin (x2), Pit, GB (All playoff teams except Pit)

(For more comparisons in prior seasons, click on the 'Jump.') 

2008 Losses-.500 and under: None

Over .500: Pit (x3), NYG, Ten, Ind (All playoff teams)

 

2007 Losses- .500 and under: Cin (x2), Buf, Mia 

Over .500: Cle (x2), NE, Ind, SD

 

2006 Losses- .500 and under: Car(8-8), Cin (8-8) 

Over .500: Den (9-7), Ind (only playoff team)

 

2005 Losses- .500 and under: Det, Ten, Cle

Over .500: Ind, Chi, Cin (x2), Pit, Den, Jax

 

2004 Losses- .500 and under: Cle, KC, Cin

 Over .500: Phi, NE, Ind, Pit

 

2003 Losses- Under .500: Pit, Oak Cin

 Over .500: KC, Stl, Mia, Ten

 

2002 Losses- .500 and under: Car (off year, but many of the losses were to 9-7 non-playoff teams)

 Over .500: TB, Ind, Pit, Atl, Mia, NO, Cle, Pit 

 

2001 Losses- .500 and under: Cle (x2), Cin

 Over .500: TB, GB, Pit (x2)

 

2000 Losses- .500 and under: Was (Super bowl season)

 Over .500: Mia, Ten, Pit

 

1999 Losses- .500 and under: Pit, NE

 Over .500: Stl, Ten, KC, Buf, Jax(x2)

The opinions posted here are those of the administrator of this blog and his loyal readers. They are in no way official comments from the team, and should not be misconstued as such, even though he thinks he could do just as well or even a better job!

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