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0-3 start would be Ravens history

If the Ravens fall to the Bengals this Sunday, a new record will be set, and it's not a good one.

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0-3. It'd be the worst start to the season in Ravens history. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Baltimore is the only active NFL team never to have an 0-3 start. This stat is pretty impressive when you consider that the Ravens have been around for twenty seasons, which is eight more than the NFL's youngest franchise, the Houston Texans.

The land of 0-2 openers isn't uncharted land for the Ravens. In '99, '02, and '05, the Ravens started out by dropping their first two games, but rebounded and won their third. The team would go on to post records of 8-8, 7-9, and 6-10 in those years. Although none of those records were good enough for a playoff berth. It's worth noting that all of these records occurred under former coach Brian Billick. Under the reign of John Harbaugh, the Ravens have never dropped back-to-back wins to start the year.

Not only is a team record at stake this Sunday, but so are implications that will certainly shape the rest of the season. The Cincinnati Bengals are currently 2-0, and have the lead to themselves in the AFC North. A divisional loss would give the Ravens big leverage, as the odds for the competitive division sending multiple teams to the playoffs this year are slim since the division has a tough schedule.

If anyone knows how important this game is, it's Coach himself.

"We all understand the situation," Harbaugh said. "We've lost two games in a row before. We've lost three games in a row before, and we've overcome it. But we've never done it at the beginning of a season, so it feels a lot tougher. Until you win your first game, you always have in the back of your mind: 'Can we win a game?' Of course you can. But you got to win one."

Hopefully the Ravens don't drop their third in front of a sold-out Baltimore crowd.