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Ravens really think they can win out

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The talk around Baltimore has been whether the Ravens should just tank the remainder of the season and get a good draft pick. It has been so rare that the Ravens have been able to pick early in the first round, and with a majority of those picks turning into Hall of Fame caliber players, so the desire has it's merits. Yet, even at 2-6, the Ravens aren't buying into that at all, and it's not just a gimmick.

No team, no coach, no public relations staff would ever admit that they are purposefully losing games and not trying their hardest; it just wouldn't happen if anyone wanted to keep their jobs. Make no mistake though, it definitely happens in it's subtle ways. All of a sudden, coaches spend more time putting in young players to evaluate and try new schemes to see what works. Players give up as games wear on, and it becomes obvious that the team just isn't as into it as you would have thought.

But I honestly believe Harbaugh when he goes on about going "1-0" each week, and about how this team just won't quit. That isn't just coach speak, but serious talk. It might end up with the same record as the team that gives up, but these coaches, players, and the entire organization just doesn't have it in them to do it. Let's be real though, in order to get to the playoffs, this Ravens team will have to win the remainder of their games to go 10-6 and even then, they'll need some help from other teams to get a wild card playoff spot. To say that the odds are stacked against them is like saying that Breshad Perriman will play this season...

When asked if Harbaugh will be spending the last 8 games of the season to evaluate the young talent at wide receiver, his answer was a resounding and quick "NO!"

We're trying to win games this year. I don't think there is any doubt that it's part of it, it's always in the back of your mind, but we are bringing in guys to win.

Yet, when talking to running back Justin Forsett, he echoed the same mentality as Harbaugh.

The mindset is 1-0. Take care of what we have to take care of this week. Just do our part and control what we can control and hopefully in the end, we'll be where we wanna be.

When Forsett was asked about if he feels that this team can make it to the playoffs, he much like Harbaugh was direct to the point and unwavering.

Oh yeah, definitely. I don't think there is anyone else in this locker room that doubts that

For a team facing so many injuries at so many key positions and players, as well as having a lowly 2-6 record, there is no shortage of confidence. It is the mentality that you have to have if you want to run the table and get into the playoffs, and as we've seen it in the past, this can be a scary Ravens team once they get into January.

With the final set of games being mostly home games for the Ravens as well as the easier part of their schedule, it might actually happen.