John Harbaugh made it clear to anyone who attended his regular Monday press conference that there is only one thing on his mind and that is the Ravens winning their next two home games against archrival Pittsburgh and Cleveland.
“We want to knock some of this disappointment off, Harbaugh said. ”We need to win these games. We need to win these at home. You just need to win, and that is really what it boils down to.”
Baltimore has another good reason to be laser focused coming off the bye week because they are expecting Ben Roethlisberger to be under center for the Steelers come game time on Sunday despite some recent injuries.
“I would anticipate that we’ll prepare as if he’s going to play, Harbaugh said. The offense doesn’t change that much if Landry Jones is in there. Obviously, they’re different players. Ben is Ben, and we respect him tremendously. We’ll operate under that assumption.”
Under John Harbaugh, the Baltimore Ravens are 6-2 following a bye week. It will be very important for the Ravens to keep those numbers going in the right direction. One way they can do that according to Harbaugh is to stick to the basics at this point in the season. “We’re applying what we need to apply, in terms of offense, defense, special teams. We need to be good at what we do, ”Harbaugh said.
The timing of the bye week could also play a key role in the Ravens chase for a division title. “Yes, I am excited about it, Harbaugh said. I am excited about playing two games in five days. I am looking forward to it. I think it is a good time for us to do it. I just want to go out there and play well. The goal is to win these games and have the kind of record that you think reflects how hard you have worked. We are very determined to do that right now.”
As for those who have given up on the Ravens having any chance to win the division Harbaugh has a special message.
“You take everything into account. We have nine games left, Harbaugh said We’re basically one game down in our division, playing the team that’s ahead of us right now. Our goal is certainly going to be to win the division. That’s in front of us. It’s up to us. We’re going to play those teams. No matter what our record would be in that range of what it could be right now, we have to beat the teams in our division to make anything of it anyway. That’s what we’re looking to do.”