One thing that the Ravens have done since John Harbaugh took over four years ago is play well coming down the stretch. It's been a big reason they've been able to get to the post-season each year since 2008.
The Ravens went 12-4 last year but won six of their final seven games, including four that they played without Ray Lewis. Playing well in the final part of the season is something that Harbaugh was talking about with the media on a conference call earlier this week.
Harbaugh said the coaching staff reviewed what's been going on with the team so far in 2012, and they had plenty to go over after the 43-13 loss to Houston two weeks ago.
"There are things that we need to do a lot better, not just from the [Houston game], but through the whole seven-game period that we felt like we needed to take a hard look at," Harbaugh said. "We did, and I did feel good about it. We had some great discussions."
Harbaugh said the coaches are pointing at getting the Ravens ready to roll in the second half of the year, and he's optimistic it can and will happen despite the problems they've had in the first half.
"We had some great study watching the tape," he said. "In the end, what you try to do is make good counsel then make wise solid judgments about what makes us our best as we move forward. I am really excited about that-- I really am. We have gotten better every single year in the second half of the season since we’ve been here. That’s been something that has been a strength for the Ravens. I expect it to be a strength for us going forward.”