Ravens face challenge of short week
EARLY BIRD: Waking up with the Ravens, during their short week before Thursday night’s game against the Steelers.
Two-minute topic: Can John Harbaugh raise his regular-season record to .500 against Pittsburgh?
OWINGS MILLS - No question, the Steelers have been a challenging foe for Harbaugh. He is 5-6 against the Steelers during the regular season, and 0-2 against them during the playoffs.
The Ravens were back on the practice field Monday, getting ready. The atmosphere around the Ravens is intense during Steelers week, and this occasion is no different. Thursday night’s game has much at stake, with both teams at 5-6. Thursday night’s winner will be very much alive, both for the AFC North title, or for a wild card berth. The loser will be a long shot to make the playoffs.
Harbaugh loves the idea of playing in Baltimore on Thanksgiving. He is 1-0 on the holiday, beating the 49ers coached by his brother Jim Harbaugh, 16-6, on Thanksgiving in 2011 at M & T Bank Stadium.
“At any point in time, the NFL and Roger (Goodell) wants to make this a tradition, I think we’d all be for that,” Harbaugh said.
It might be a happy Thanksgiving for Harbaugh during the day. But Thursday night, he needs a victory over the Steelers to complete a happy holiday.
Morning thought: “We got to win as many as we can, and we’ll be hopeful that that’s enough to get us in. We haven’t given up on the division championship yet either.” Harbaugh, talking about the Ravens’ position.
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