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Are the Ravens the best of the worst?

It might be a small consolation, but...

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The Ravens have been pretty bad this season, currently sitting as 1 of only 3 teams with no more than 1 win. The Ravens, despite all their flaws are likely not as bad as their record makes it seems, as they have had a chance to win every game. But each time, their rally fell through, or their defense could not keep the opponent from scoring, or both.

The Ravens are alone in history as the only team to lose all of their games by less than 5 points through 6 weeks. In addition, they have the smallest point differential among 1 win teams.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Among 1-win teams, Ravens have smallest pt differential. Does their record reflect team? <a href="https://t.co/C8fxaRmh7D">https://t.co/C8fxaRmh7D</a> <a href="https://t.co/Lkd3f0XA9p">pic.twitter.com/Lkd3f0XA9p</a></p>&mdash; ESPN Stats &amp; Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) <a href="https://twitter.com/ESPNStatsInfo/status/658685291595591680">October 26, 2015</a></blockquote>

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It is not really a consolation, but it does reflect what most around Ravens nation thinks: we are not as bad as our record. While this team as currently constructed is not winning any lombardi trophy's this year even if Ray Lewis and Ed Reed came back and suited up, they are not as bad as the other teams who are currently residing in the 1 and 2 win neighborhood. Every single one of those teams has a higher point differential, with all but the Titans being over 30 points differential, and some as high as 50 or 60 points. Many of the 3 win teams also have bigger negative differentials than the Ravens do.

So this team is not as bad as their record reflects. But at the same time, this team does not deserve a playoff spot. So what to root for? Individual success for the players is what the rest of the season is about for me...