Ravens look to continue AFC North success

Ravens look to continue AFC North success

flaccobrowns

November 3, 2012, 6:45 pm
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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) takes a snap from center during the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Browns Stadium.

(Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE)

The Ravens will hope to continue their AFC North Division winning streak on Sunday in Cleveland. 

Baltimore last lost a division game on Dec. 5, 2010, when the Steelers pulled out a 13-10 victory. The Ravens won the final two that season, all six last year and two more this season. They beat Cleveland already and topped the Bengals in the season opener. The Ravens still haven't played the Steelers yet, but that's coming.

Having a good division record is important when it comes to tie-breakers and that stuff, but it's also big because those are the only teams a club plays twice a season. Translation-- those are the teams you see the most, so you've got to play the best then. 

The Ravens, in fact, haven't lost to the Browns in their last nine meetings. They'll try to stretch that winning streak to 10 on Sunday, sweeping them for a fifth straight season. They've never lost to Cleveland in the John Harbaugh era. 

That would leave the Ravens with one game against the Bengals (on the road) and both Pittsburgh games. In fact, they got bad luck on this schedule and have to take on the Steelers twice in just three weeks (Nov. 18 and Dec. 2). The final Bengals' match-up comes in Cincinnati on the last week -- after they opened the season with them in Baltimore. 

The Ravens will hope that their success in the division and versus the Browns helps their inconsistent play on the road in the last two years. No matter who they've played, the Ravens just can't seem to put it all together on the road. 

But they've yet to play an AFC North team away from home this year. They've won four straight division games on the road since the 2010 loss to the Steelers -- which came at home. A road win against a division rival will help an injury-depleted Ravens' defense at this time.