Ravens hope break helps them down stretch

Ravens hope break helps them down stretch
December 3, 2013, 7:00 am

Harbaugh: "Be at your best when it means the most."

(Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports)

EARLY BIRD: Waking up with the Ravens, as they look forward to the last month of the regular season.

Two-minute topic: Will 10 days between games help the Ravens?

OWINGS MILLS - Playing on Thanksgiving gave the Ravens a 10-day window until their next game, Sunday against the Vikings. Sometimes a long layoff can hurt a team with momentum. However, coach John Harbaugh believes the break will help the Ravens (6-6), who have won two straight.

“A chance to heal at this time of year going into December is a big plus for us,” Harbaugh said. “It’s the most important time of the year. It’s what we build our program around. It’s where we try to be at our best.”

The Ravens have no choice but to play well in December if they are going to make the playoffs. They would be the No. 6 seed in the AFC if the playoffs began today. However, many teams are still in contention, and the Ravens may need to win at least three of their last four to clinch a spot. Instead of figuring out possible postseason scenarios, Harbaugh wants the Ravens to focus on themselves.

“We just have to win,” Harbaugh said. “If we win games, things are going to work out for us. If we don’t, things are going to be tough.”

The break may help the Ravens. But winning will help them more.

Morning thought: “We are in position to control our own destiny. Now it’s up to us to make the most of it.” – Harbaugh, talking about the AFC playoff race.

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