Originally posted on Ravens Football Machine  |  Last updated 11/12/12
And the "hard part" of the Ravens' schedule is the next 3 weeks: at Pittsburgh, at San Diego, and then Pittsburgh at home... But at least the Ravens (7-2) control their own destiny, despite the madness of the schedule-makers... Wide receiver Torrey Smith was asked if the Baltimore Ravens' 55-20 dismantling of the Oakland Raiders was a statement game. "Nah," Smith said. "It was just another game." The only statement made by the Ravens was the importance of this team to get home-field advantage in the playoffs. The Ravens look like Super Bowl contenders when they play in front of sellout crowds at M&T Bank Stadium. When they go on the road, they look like a team searching for confidence and an identity. There's no question that the Ravens' focus has to be on the resurgent Steelers and winning the AFC North. But, based on how the season has unfolded, it also has become a necessity for Baltimore to beat out Houston for home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs....
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