Ever since the Baltimore Ravens lost to the Denver Broncos in week 1, everyone has been trying to pin point which week the Ravens will have to turn things around before there is no chance for them to turn things around.
First it was:
"Ravens still have a chance to make the playoffs if they win in week 2."
"Ravens still have a chance to make the playoffs if they win in week 3."
"Ravens still have a chance to make the playoffs if they win in week 4."
"Ravens still have a chance to make the playoffs if they win in week 5."
Now it is week 6 and the Ravens are 1-4 for the first time in their franchise history. Injuries continue to mount for the Ravens on offense, defense and special teams. Despite all of that, they have to ignore the noise surrounding the team. The best way to cancel out the noise is for the Ravens to redeem their season in week 6 against the San Francisco 49ers.
The 49ers are 1-4 as well so on paper it isn't an impossible task for the Ravens to go on the road and win an important game. But the Ravens are in no position to chalk up wins against anybody. Especially after losing at home to the Cleveland Browns and allowing a journeyman quarterback rack up nearly 500 yards through the air.
But week 6 is the final straw. If the Ravens lose to go 1-5, their season is over. Players, coaches and the front office in that organization can't think that way, but the reality is they would be completely done. When you look at the Ravens, historically they are not a team that can sustain very very long winning streaks. Could the Ravens win their next 11 games and go 12-4? I guess it is possible. But nobody is going bet on that.
The last time the Ravens had a winning streak of at least six games, you would have to go back to the 2000 season when the Ravens won their last seven games of the regular season to go 12-4 and win the Super Bowl as a wild card team.. That winning streak extended into the 2001 season when the Ravens won 12 straight games.
The longest winning streak the Ravens have had since then is five which is a feat the Ravens accomplished on two occasions. The last time they won five games in a row was back in the 2010 season when they won every game from week 14 until they lost in the divisional round of the playoffs that season.
The other five game winning streak the Ravens have had since 2000-2001 was in 2006 when the Ravens went 13-3.
Week 6 is a playoff game for the Ravens and quite frankly the last few weeks have been unofficial playoff games for them. But this upcoming week could be the game that either turns the Ravens around for the better, or could sink them into a very disappointing 2015 season for good.