Did Ravens benefit from bye week fiasco?
I'm sure you're scratching your head at that question, but I believe the loss of the midseason bye week has actually helped the Ravens exceed preseason expectations, and all but assures that there will be no letdown this weekend in Cincinnati.
The hurricane-related postponement of the Week 2 game against the Houston Texans doomed the Ravens to play 15 consecutive weekends, which a lot of people thought would have them sucking wind about now.
Instead, they went 4-2 during the grueling six-game stretch that included five road games and came home to trounce the Eagles on Sunday. It seems like the bigger the obstacle they face, the more focused they become. The loss of a full bye week may have cost them a chance to lick their many wounds at midseason, but it seemed to reinforce John Harbaugh's intense this-week-only approach to the game.