EARLY BIRD: Can the Ravens carry their momentum on the road?

EARLY BIRD: Can the Ravens carry their momentum on the road?
December 9, 2013, 7:00 am
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EARLY BIRD: Waking up with the Ravens after their memorable victory on Sunday over the Vikings.

Two-minute topic: Now that the Ravens (7-6) are above .500, can they stay there?

OWINGS MILLS – The Ravens have been very good at home (6-1), but have struggled mightily (1-5) on the road. Two of the Ravens’ last three games are on the road – at Detroit next Monday, and the season finale at Cincinnati. Sandwiched between those games is a home contest against the Patriots.

That's a challenging schedule. And unless the Ravens win at least one more road game, they can’t finish better than 8-8. That might not be good enough to make the playoffs. So that begs the question. Can the Ravens win on the road in December and finish 9-7, or even 10-6?

“Listen, we have to do what we have to do,” said running back Ray Rice. “Nothing is going to come easy for us, but we control our own destiny.”

The Bengals (9-4) still lead the AFC North by two games, after Sunday’s victory over the Colts. However, the Ravens are guaranteed at least a wild card spot if they win out, and that is the mindset they are taking.

“We’re the best 7-6 team in the league,” said safety Matt Elam. “I just feel like the way we stick together and the way we have faith in each other will serve us great down the road.” Winning on the road in December would also serve the Ravens well.

Morning thought: “That was like playing Madden. Seriously, I’ve never seen anything like that.” Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith, on the final few minutes of Sunday’s game.

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