Ravens have cashed in at 'The Bank'

Ravens have cashed in at 'The Bank'
September 11, 2013, 10:15 am
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Harbaugh: 'We need to play better'

Still smarting from their 49-27 season-opening loss at Denver on Thursday, the Ravens now can look forward to the comforts of home.

The Ravens play their home opener against Cleveland on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, where they have been dominant throughout the John Harbaugh era. The Ravens were 6-2 at home in the regular-season last  year, and are 21-3 at home in the past three seasons. That run includes a 15-game home winning streak, which was snapped by the Charlie Batch-led Steelers last December.

Overall in Harbaugh's tenure the Ravens are 33-7 in front of the purple-clad faithful at M&T Bank Stadium (not counting playoffs). That is tied for the second-best home record over that period, and a John Harbaugh-led Ravens team has never lost at home (or away, for that matter) to the Browns.

Sunday's game, scheduled for 1 p.m., figures to have some added juice; In addition to being the regular-season home opener, it is also the Ravens first regular-season home game since winning the Super Bowl in New Orleans in February.

Before player introductions on Sunday, the Ravens will show a brief video about the Super Bowl title run and will unveil permanent championship banners at the stadium. Remember that the NFL's new "all-clear" bag policy will be in effect.

"There’s nothing like playing at M&T Bank Stadium. Any player or coach that plays here for the Ravens definitely feels that way," Harbaugh said on Monday. "We’re really excited to be coming back home to our fans. We just feel a need to play the way they expect us to play. That’s our challenge, and we need to do that.”

FORMER RAVENS NOTES: Former Ravens practice squad offensive lineman Jack Cornell, among the Ravens final cuts, has been signed to the Oakland Raiders practice squad ... Former Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski, who was released by the Bears in the preseason, faces a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. ... Pro Football Focus number-crunchers grade every player at every position every week, and for Week 1, the top-rated cornerback in the league was Cary Williams. He had a sack, a diving interception and allowed only one reception in coverage for the Eagles in their season-opening win over Washington.