The Baltimore Ravens are 2-4 on the road this season with the only wins occurring at the Cleveland Browns and the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Ravens nearly lost both of those games. The Browns and Jaguars have a combined record of 2-26. The Ravens end the regular season on the road in tough environments at the Pittsburgh Steelers this week and at the Cincinnati Bengals in week 17. In order for the Ravens to clinch not only a playoff spot, but the AFC North title, winning next two games is the only way that can happen without any additional help from other teams.
How confident are we supposed to be that the Ravens can handle its business on the road? The Ravens are 4-10 during the regular season on the road since the start of the 2015 season. Take it even further and the Ravens are 10-20 on the road during the regular season since the start of the 2013 season.
I don’t know why the Ravens perform the way they do on the road but I think it is time that the team addresses their preparation when traveling out of Baltimore during the regular season. You would think that a team that has the most road playoff wins in the last nine seasons with seven would know how to crank things up on the road during the regular season.
Look at how the Ravens defense has performed for example as of late. This isn’t a winning formula.
Look at how the Ravens have played on the road as of late pic.twitter.com/CTf7fIwKAN— Wola (@WolaWriteMore) December 21, 2016
The Ravens defense is just not the same on the road and for this team to have any shot of winning the next two games, this unit has to be well prepared especially given the inconsistencies the Ravens have on offense. The good news for the Ravens is that the team is 4-2 in in its last six meetings at Pittsburgh. The bad news is that the Ravens are 2-9 in its last 11 meetings at Cincinnati. The two wins at Cincinnati occurred in 2008 and in 2011.
On the road this season, Ravens QB Joe Flacco has five touchdowns and seven interceptions to go along with a 75.7 passer rating. Not to mention he is averaging only 6.3 yards per pass play in these situations. If this team is really serious about playoff run, the time is now with little room for error.