EARLY BIRD: Ravens look forward to playing indoors

EARLY BIRD: Ravens look forward to playing indoors
December 10, 2013, 7:00 am

Harbaugh: "We have the best fans in NFL"

(Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports)

EARLY BIRD: Waking up with the Ravens on Tuesday, as they look ahead to Monday night football against the Lions.

Two-minute topic: At least the Ravens know weather won’t be an issue in their next game.

Leave the sideline parkas at home. When the Ravens (7-6) face the Lions (7-6) on Monday Night Football, it will be indoors at Ford Field. No wind. No rain. No snow. Bad weather has followed the Ravens this season, but on Monday crowd noise could be their biggest obstacle, playing their first game of the season indoors.

“It’s Monday Night Football, it’s going to be loud, it’s a hugely important game for both teams, it’s a great place to play, and it’s going to be a huge challenge for us,” said Ravens coach John Harbaugh. “It literally is going to be the Lions’ den, and they’re very good at home, so it’s going to be tough. We’ll have to play the best we’ve played all year.”

The Lions have lost three of their last five, and are in a dogfight with the Bears and Packers in the NFC North. While the Lions are 4-2 at home, the Ravens are just 1-5 on the road. Beating the Lions will be a major challenge for the Ravens. However, at least they will be warm and dry.

Morning thought: “Joe kept the same mannerisms the whole time. He did not panic. He did not say a word. That’s the kind of guy you want to be in battle with. In these types of situations, there is no teetering from Joe Flacco.” - Ravens running back Ray Rice, talking about Flacco’s demeanor during the last few minutes Sunday against the Vikings.

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