JEFF BARTL STATS Writer Since dominating their season opener, the Baltimore Ravens haven't made anything seem easy.
Despite possessing the AFC's second-best record, Baltimore heads into the season's second half stressing improvement prior to Sunday's home matchup with the Oakland Raiders, who may be without their top two running backs.
The Ravens (6-2) cruised to a 44-13 victory over Cincinnati in Week 1, but the only blowout they've since experienced was a 43-13 defeat at Houston on Oct. 21.
Baltimore suffered a one-point loss to Philadelphia on Sept. 16 before victories by margins of one, seven, three and two points, respectively. The Ravens then followed the Texans loss with a bye week and returned last Sunday to win 25-15 at Cleveland, but they trailed the last-place Browns deep into the fourth quarter.
"We need to be better," coach John Harbaugh said. "We need to be better on third down. We need to run the ball more consistently. We need to protect our quarterback more cons...