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A tough roadtrip stretch will test the Ravens early

Ravens will need to rejuvenate quickly

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It was reported the Ravens wanted their bye week later in the season, rather than immediately following their London travels. The request was granted with Baltimore’s bye week in November rather than the start of October.

Within two weeks, the Ravens travel to London, playing the Jacksonville Jaguars, fly home and face the Pittsburgh Steelers, then travel to the west coast and play in Oakland. These trips total 12,878 miles. It won’t be an easy task.

The Ravens recent struggles against the Bengals could place Baltimore behind the eight ball from the start. If they then go 2-0 against the Browns and Jaguars, it’s still 2-1. With a full flight home to play against the Pittsburgh Steelers and then flying to the west coast to take on the up-and-coming Raiders, Baltimore’s record after five weeks may be 2-3.

The request for a later bye is still a better decision. Down the stretch, Baltimore must face the Packers, Steelers again, Colts and Bengals. Teams with great track records and playoff capabilities. A rest before the final leg of the season can give this team a much needed boost.