The Baltimore Ravens clinched a playoff field with Sunday’s facet freeway victory over the Buffalo Payments, pushing their season list to 11-2. Ravens gamers weren’t principal in the mood for celebrating the accomplishment.
“I attempted to invent a gigantic deal about it in the locker room, and the guys extra or less gave me a smattering of applause,” coach John Harbaugh acknowledged. “They expected that; I ponder they’ve earned the acceptable to hunt files from that.”
The Ravens have believed for weeks they’d invent the playoffs, Sunday’s procure appropriate lined the math up with these expectations.
Baltimore can lock up the AFC North division title with a procure Thursday evening in opposition to the 5-8 Unusual York Jets. Taking down the division crown for the second straight season will doubtless be something extra rate celebrating.
“We have now no longer done something else yet,” linebacker Matthew Judon acknowledged. “Precise to bag in, it’s no longer truly adequate. We got in closing 300 and sixty five days and it wasn’t adequate. This sport repeatedly leaves you making an try extra. To possess to invent it to the next stage. That’s what we’re attempting to create.”
Spoken admire a factual old model.
Perhaps the scary procure in Buffalo performed a element in the tempered response to locking up a playoff field.
The Ravens generated their fewest entire yards (257) and fewest bustle yards (118) in a sport this season — fewest entire yards in a procure since Week 11, 2017 at Inexperienced Bay (219). And it took a broken-up scuttle by Marcus Peters on the closing defensive play for the D to cinch up the 24-17 victory.
“We know we’re combating for a bigger goal, man,” Peters acknowledged after the procure. “It ain’t about nobody else; it be about us. It’s gonna buy us to bag this goal done. So, we gotta appropriate protect harping in on, it be gonna buy us one day at a time, one play at a time, one week at a time, and we’re gonna bag our goal.”
The procure coupled with the Unusual England Patriots’ loss later in the day affords the Ravens a two-sport cushion in the speed for the head seed in the AFC.
The first step in the formula, getting to the playoffs, is entire. The following stages are principal greater for a franchise with gargantuan expectations: Get the division, bag a prime-spherical bye, build the head field in the convention, procure a playoff sport, invent Huge Bowl, then hoist the Lombardi Trophy.
In Baltimore the first step is no longer truly something to pop champagne over. That comes later.