EARLY BIRD: Ravens with precarious playoff hopes

EARLY BIRD: Ravens with precarious playoff hopes
December 23, 2013, 6:00 am
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(Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports)

EARLY BIRD: Waking up with the Ravens on Monday, as they try to recover from a loss that could ruin their season.

Morning buzz: The Ravens (8-7) are in the uncomfortable position of needing some help to make the playoffs, even if they beat the Bengals in the regular-season finale.

After Sunday’s humbling 41-7 loss to the Patriots, the Ravens did not even want to review all the possible playoff scenarios that next weekend could bring. But the Ravens did not like the feeling of no longer controlling their own destiny.

“I don’t think we’ve ever needed some help and a win,” said quarterback Joe Flacco, who never missed the playoffs in his first five seasons with the Ravens. “We’ve always kind of controlled our own destiny. We’ve had to win on the last game of the season against the Bengals a few times to get ourselves into the playoffs. We’ve had to win to win the division, I think, once. But we’ve never had to rely on anything else. I don’t know what those scenarios are. I’m not going to worry myself now. We’re just going to worry about go getting a win.”

It is one thing to talk about shaking off disappointment. It is another thing to do it. Sunday was the most lopsided home loss during Harbaugh’s six years as head coach. The Ravens’ resiliency will be tested, during a week that also includes the Christmas holiday. The Ravens, usually off on Tuesday, planned to practice this Tuesday, but would take Christmas Day (Wednesday) off.

The Ravens are not starting this week in a holiday mood. The defending Super Bowl champs are in danger of going on early vacation, instead of getting ready for the playoffs.

Morning thought: Asked what happened Sunday, Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs said, “I don’t know, you will have to look at the tape. Actually, you could burn the tape. It’s not even worth looking at.”

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