Time Magazine via Reddit – Teams are ranked by the difference between their home and away winning percentages over 10 years. The Top-ranked Ravens won 78% of home games and 43% of road games for a difference of 35 points.
The Ravens play far better when in Baltimore. They lost every 2005 road game but were undefeated at home in 2011.
(Note: Full article is behind a paywall and I sure as shit ain’t payin for Time Magazine. It just presents an opportunity to discuss a topic of importance going into this season)
Usually on Barstool, you’d see a blogger get up on their soapbox and wax poetic about being given a title such as this one. While that’s fun and has its time and place, I won’t be doing that today. The fact that the Ravens are so dominant at home is far from news to me, and shouldn’t be news to anyone else either. M&T Bank Stadium is a hellhole to go into and play in if you’re the opposition, and that’s far from a secret. But I’d like to take this opportunity to shed some light on what this Time article is screaming at me…
The Ravens stink on the road in the regular season.
There. I said it. A 35% win differential (which I think is what the ranking was solely based upon) between your home and away record says as much about you sucking on the road as it does your dominance in your own barn. Now don’t get me wrong. With an 8-5 record, Flacco and Harbaugh have rightfully earned their reputation as playoff road warriors. It’s been a ton of fun to watch, and I like their chances anywhere in January. But let’s hunker down here and talk about the fact that those road wins just cloud our perception in Baltimore of a bigger issue that may have already cost this team a Super Bowl or two. The fact that it’s completely silly that Flacco has played 13 (THIRTEEN!) of his 15 career playoff games away from one of the best home crowds in sports.
If you’re looking for someone to point the finger at as to why that stat exists, look no further than Joe himself. Basically, he is not very good on the road in the regular season. And that’s really the point I want to drive home today. He’s played 112 regular season football games in his NFL career, so 56 at home and 56 on the road. Here’s how he looks in each setting:
Home: 45-11, 78 TDs, 35 INTs, 91.5 Passer Rating
Away: 27-29, 70 TDs, 55 INTs, 78.8 Passer Rating
First off, 45-11 at home is a damn impressive record. That’s the kind of record you’d like to take advantage of come January. The problem is his performance on the road makes that virtually impossible. When you lose 4 or 5 games on the road every year, you make winning the AFC North and grabbing a bye nearly impossible. For all the great football teams we’ve had in Baltimore the past 7 years, they’ve only earned the bye once because of poor play on the road*.
And therein lies the key to the Ravens 2015 season. Joe Flacco has to take care of business on the road. I’m not a sports psychologist. I can’t tell you why he’s able to turn that switch on in the playoffs but not the regular season. But it’s time to figure it out. They may not be the favorites in the AFC, but they’ve got a damn good shot at grabbing the #1 seed. This year’s road slate presents some solid opponents, but nobody that intimidates me. They’re all winnable games. It’s time to take that next step. The Ravens have played the Pats and the Steelers 4 times a piece in their playoff history, and ALL EIGHT GAMES have been on the road. That’s ridiculous. Let’s change that. Let’s make those losers come here. So my challenge to Joe and the Ravens is to win 6+ road games this year, and the rest will fall in place. Enjoy.
*To be fair, the 2010 Ravens lost a tiebreaker for a bye (and the division) to the Steelers. But that was nobody’s fault but God’s according to that fuckboy Stevie Johnson.
Remember when the pats came into that shit hole in December of '13 and blew out those criminals? I do.
Actually if you read the article it's pretty clear the Ravens don't have such a great home field advantage, they just really suck on the road.
Remember when the pats came into that shit hole in December of ’13 and blew out those criminals? I do.
well they kind of did the same thing to us, so…
Edelman to Amendola, then Brady to LaFell for the win…fuck you Banks
You still blog for bs?
fuck off cake eater, no one cares.
Actually if you read the article it’s pretty clear the Ravens don’t have such a great home field advantage, they just really suck on the road.
Umm all the article really says is that the Ravens are a shitty road team?
Edelman to Amendola
Seattle Seahawks would like to say…NAAAAHHHHH
Go away, Ravens suck
I can guarantee you any coach in the league would rather play the ravens on the road than play the patriots on the road in the playoffs…
Last time I checked, the Patriots have something rediculous like 4 regular season losses at Gillette since ’10…. Makes sense, Banks.
You just wrote an article shitting on your own team and didn’t even know it. Classic
What does Times know about sports?
Just wanted to swing by and tell you to eat dicks, Banks.
They just have the greatest disparity and home vs away winning percentage. I don’t know the Pats home winning percentage over that time period off hand but I’m willing to be its around 90%.
The Ravens in no way have the best home field advantage in the NFL. The Pats have lost only 13 games at home in the past 10 seasons. The Ravens have lost 18 home games in that time. The stat was about the difference between home vs away records.
Guess they didn’t include Alabama in that discussion.
Or it means you guys suck balls on the road.
REMEMBER WHEN THE CHARGERS WON IN BALTIMORE
Yea for getting shot outside the stadium
brett favre won 25 stragiht games at lambeau thats impressive as fuck
So losses to Ariz, Sf, Pitt, Den, Mia, and Cinci on the road? Good luck w/o Ngata
I challenge you to make one blog with out taking a shot at the pats
Tell that to AJ Green and the bengals. 80 yard bombs FTW
Over the last ten seasons the Patriots have won 84% of their home games and 69% (gronk would love this) of their away games. So clearly the Patriots have a better home field advantage. They just don’t suck on the road. Keep using time for sports references
More of the jump balls to get PI penalties that the ravens have perfected are needed. It makes for great games to watch too.
The surefire quickest way to recognize a fake Patriots fan is when they refer to other teams as “criminals”
Oh and dilbur, brady won 21 consecutive games overall.. and just had a 35 game home win streak against the AFC snapped in a useless week 17 loss to the bills last season
@junyah but did he win 25 straight games at a stadium? nope world doesnt revovle around that game manager. go gargle his nuts a little more
Ya well what do you expect from a city that basically burned itself down not too long ago…bunch of fuckin lunatics
What does the difference in road vs. home winning percentage have to do with anything?
The Patriots are 70-10 at home over the last 10 years (.875) and just because they don’t suck on the road like the Ravens, their home field advantage isn’t as good?
@dilburham haha yes he did
Check out the Pats home record then come talk to me
Also I’m a Patriots fan but there’s no home field advantage like the Packers have at Lambeau
Does everyone in Baltimore ride the short bus to school like you Banks?
@dilburham lol game managers don’t have 50 Td seasons and top 5 rankings in every passing category. What the fuck are you talking about
Hey Banks! I can’t wait for football this year to hear your go Ravens bullshit . Let me get an early start on something I’ll be typing a lot of come fall- GO FUCK YOURSELF BANKS
You really are a pussy
See you in foxboro you delusional cunt
Christ man, really? If you worked for a real company, you wouldn’t have made it past the first week. Let that sink in
Edelman to amendola
How has someone not found you and beat the absolute piss out of you yet Banks? Absolutely amazing but hopefully bound to happen soon
You’re such a fucking loser it makes my blood boil. Saying this has cost them multiple Super Bowls is hilarious. They’re Denver knowing how to play prevent defense away from 0.
Wtf did I just read? Lol, make those losers come here. Jackass, if your team is on the road, they are the losers.
Edelman to Amendola.
Good to get some Banks back in the mix. Pats fans are the worst.
@fakejew is right, America’s Team at Lambeau….unequaled.
@birdlaw so, ifs and buts is your game. Then, the Ravens go back to back—if Lee Evans doesn’t celebrate early. Nice try.
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