Coming of Sunday’s wild-card win, the Ravens not only are confronted with having to travel to play the Denver Broncos on a short week but doing so with a defense that was on the field for 87 plays.
That can be a good thing, making the Ravens sharper and more ready to play Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET. Or it can be a bad thing, even though coach John Harbaugh declared that his roster is realtively healthy Monday.
“It’s a big challenge because you just have one less day to get ready. They’ve been preparing for us for a week. I’m sure they prepared for us or the Colts last week so that’s an edge,” Harbaugh said.
In Sunday's 24-9 win vs. the Indianapolis Colts, linebackers Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs playd together for the first time this season. Lewis wore a brace on his torn right triceps that he tore Oct. 14 and kept him out 12 weeks. Suggs battled through a torn biceps and a sore Achilles that required offseason surgery.
When the Ravens lost to Denver 34-17 in Week 15, they were unable to get Peyton Manning off the field. They didn't have Lewis and Suggs played a season-low 42 defensive snaps.
Manning had the ball for 77 plays and dominated time of possession 39 to 21 minutes in that game.
The Ravens, however, will have another dynamic to deal with in the rematch: Altitude.
"There are some concerns about it. We have done our homework on that," Harbaugh said. "We have a plan for that. We are going out there the night before. We feel like that's the best way to do it to try to stay within a 24-hour window in the altitude. We have some other advice for our guys in order to take care of their bodies out there and be ready to go. Other than that, there's not much more you can do. ... I think we're going to be physically able to handle it."