Following bye week, Ravens get back to work

Following bye week, Ravens get back to work
October 28, 2013, 5:15 pm
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(Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

The Ravens returned to work on Monday after their bye week, and coach John Harbaugh liked what he saw when everyone got back together in Owings Mills. 

"Guys came back, everybody was here on time, ready to go, working hard," Harbaugh said at his Monday afternoon press conference. "[They] had a lot of enthusiasm, so that was fun and exciting, looking forward to the challenge in front of us. We're just getting ready to go play a football game on Sunday in Cleveland."

The Ravens, who came into the bye week having lost two in a row, head to Cleveland to take on the AFC North. Harbaugh's team has struggled in recent weeks, and the coach said the bye week probably came at a very good time for his group, which sits second in the division at 3-4.

"I thought we had a good couple of days off," Harbaugh said. "It was good to get them some time away with their families. The mid-season rest is always good. You get a chance to get your legs back. You get a chance to get your bodies healed a little bit. Those are positives of the bye week."

The coaches also are probably hoping the team can play better on both sides of the ball, as the team has had problems on offense and defense -- a big reason for the 3-4 start.

They're going to want to try and run the ball better on offense and come up with more stops on defense, especially late in the game. That's been a problem for the Ravens in recent weeks. 

It's also why getting some time off probably didn't hurt.

"I think it was a plus for us," Harbaugh said.