The Ravens have dealt with an unusual schedule this season. They began 2012 with three of the first four games at home before going on the road for five of the next seven -- including a West Coast trip last weekend.
And even though the Ravens really don't have any easy games in the season's final five weeks, here's the good news: they're home for three of them and only need to get on a plane once more. That's a big break.
The Ravens went just 4-4 on the road last year, struggling on several occasions against teams they were expected to handle. They've still had problems at times on the road this year still found a way to remain unbeaten at home against while grinding out a 4-2 road record at this point.
"We’ve got the third-best road record in the National Football League – so that’s pretty good," coach John Harbaugh said when talking at Monday's press conference. "But then again, our guys take the right approach. We’re certainly not patting ourselves on the back."
The Ravens are undefeated once more at home and trying to have a perfect record there for the second straight season, not an easy task. That's why three of the final five games at home should help the team in some form.
They host Pittsburgh this Sunday before going on the road to Washington after that, certainly not a long trip. The Ravens then play Denver and the Giants at home, certainly not easy games, but they're in Baltimore. After that, the Ravens end the year on the road in Cincinnati.
At this point, the schedule does favor the Ravens because it's harder for a team to come in to Baltimore and win. That hasn't happened since 2010, and while the Ravens can't win every home game in history, they do get an edge playing at home and not having any long road trips any more.