The Baltimore Ravens have started out 3-0 this year with all of its wins by a combined total of 13 points. Dating back to the 2015 season, it safe to say that the Ravens like to play it close to the best. The Ravens have now played 17 games in the last two seasons decided by eight points or less. These close margins makes everyone wonder how long it has been since the Ravens won a game by double digits.
The last time the Ravens won a game by double digits you would have to go back to the 2014 AFC Wild Card game against the Pittsburgh Steelers where the Ravens won 30-17. The last time the Ravens won a regular season game by double digits was in week 14 of the 2014 season on the road against the Miami Dolphins 28-13.
To take it even a step further, the last time the Ravens won a home game by double digits was in week 10 of the 2014 season against the Tennessee Titans 21-7. It seems like playing close games is a bit of the norm for the Ravens to the extent where the team can’t really get nervous about it. It is a big reason why the team is 3-0 right now.
Some have an issue with the Ravens close wins this year particularly against the Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns and the Jacksonville Jaguars. All three teams are not considered to be any good which has raised questions as to how good the Ravens actually are.
The reality of the situation is, winning games in the NFL in general is hard. If you are a good team, you win the games you are supposed to win. This isn’t college football where style points come into play.
Teams like the Steelers and the Seattle Seahawks have struggled in recent years beating teams they are supposed to beat. The Seahawks have struggled against a below average Los Angeles Rams team for example. Winning against bad teams isn’t a given.
So regardless, a win is a win. And the Ravens look to improve to 4-0 for the second time in franchise history against the Oakland Raiders this Sunday whether it is a close win or a big win.