It's understandable that the Ravens might still be smarting from their last-second loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday, but they have shown over and over again the ability to bounce back. The Ravens have won 15 straight games immediately after a loss, the longest such streak in the NFL.
The Ravens haven't suffered two straight losses since 2009.
The key to that has been quarterback Joe Flacco, who has historically rebounded very well after a loss.
Seemingly after every loss, Flacco -- along with offensive coordinator Cam Cameron -- is in the crosshairs of fans on talk radio. And yet he has answered his critics impressively nearly every time.
Since 2009, in games immediately after a loss Flacco has completed 64 percent of his passes, with 26 touchdowns and six interceptions.
One key to his success might be the fact that many times after a road loss, the Ravens return home, where they have been nearly unbeatable over the past few years. But now, Flacco and the Ravens hit the road after a rare home loss.
Before this past week, the Ravens' last home loss came on Dec. 5, 2010, also to the Steelers. The next week, Flacco went 22-for-33 for 235 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Ravens' 34-28 overtime win at Houston.
Now he has a similar task against the Redskins, whose offense is led by electrifying Robert Griffin III but whose defense ranks 31st in the league against the pass.
"There’s always a little bit of extra urgency after a loss, for whatever reason," Flacco said at his weekly news conference on Wednesday. "I don’t know if it’s a bad thing or a good thing. But we are [calm]. We are always calm, cool and collected and confident around here. It’s just because of the types of players we have and the types of coaches we have. We understand that we have to move on and get ready for this week.”