In a bid to not go 0-3, the Ravens catch a rare break by coming home after a tough series of road losses. The Ravens have been one of the best teams in the league at home. Since 2012, the Ravens have won 6 of their 8 home games every season. Yet, not everyone is sold on homefield advantage being a real thing. Steve Smith put it best on Wednesday.
In the Ravens' case, it does seem to make a difference as the Ravens on the road have been historically a pretty bad team but can turn it on with the crowd on their side at home. We all know that M&T Bank Stadium can get loud, so loud in fact that announcers have had to apologize for it before.
So the crowd noise and hostility should certainly be a factor in Baltimore's edge. Add in the unforgiving cold later in the season and you have a good mix for typical Ravens football where they beat you up at the line of scrimmage all game long and wear you out by the end.
Hopefully for the Ravens and Steve Smith Sr., they find it beneficial to be at home.