Long after the last player had filtered out of M&T Bank Stadium following a humbling 34-17 loss against the
"We've owned the last three losses. We also own the nine wins," Ravens coach
The Ravens' three-game losing streak is their longest since October 2009, Harbaugh's second year. They have lost back-to-back homegames for the first time in the Harbaugh era and on Sunday, they'll welcome the
While the secured playoff spot may take some pressure off the Ravens, they still need one win to clinch a second straight
"Our number one objective right now is to win the AFC North. That is a mighty accomplishment. With the adversity that we faced, we're going to be darn proud of that but we have to earn that," said Harbaugh whose team closes the season at Cincinnati. "That's a goal that's right in front of us. And then our dream is to win the ultimate prize. That's a possibility, too, that's an opportunity that we have. We need to get healthy and we need to get better. If we can do those two things, we give ourselves a chance."
Harbaugh declined to characterize the three-game losing streak, which included the blowout loss to Denver in which the home team was booed and two last-second losses to Pittsburgh and the
"This has been difficult. It's been challenging. But to me, any adversity and challenge represents an opportunity," Harbaugh said. "It's an opportunity for our guys, for all of us, to establish who we are, what we're about. It's a little easier when things are going well for people to be in a good place. It's a little tougher when things get tough. I'm looking forward to seeing how we respond to it."
Harbaugh summed up his message to the team Monday as "get healthy and get better," a phrase that he repeated a handful of times during his approximate 15-minute news conference. That first part got a little bit tougher Monday with the news that linebacker
In Sunday's matchup against the Broncos, the Ravens didn't have four of their top five tacklers in McClain,
On offense, tight end
"We always feel like the next man up is going to get the job done," said running back
While some of the defensive struggles can be partially explained by the rash of injuries the unit has endured, the offense doesn't have as convenient of an excuse. In the past three games, quarterback
His interception just before halftime Sunday as the Ravens appeared poised to cut into the Broncos' 10-0 lead was returned 98 yards for a touchdown by
Asked if his quarterback was pressing, Harbaugh said, "I hope everybody is pressing, I really do. I hope we're all pressing. I hope we're all doing everything that we can do to get a little bit better. Where the line is between that and overdoing it, I don't know. But we're all going to press. I'm for pressing."
Harbaugh did acknowledge that he reminded his players that late-season slides don't necessarily mean playoff failure. The Giants lost four straight games spanning November and December last year and they went on to win the Super Bowl. The year before, the
As the Ravens have been fond of saying lately, every one of their goals is still in front of them but they are going to have to play significantly better than they have over the next couple of weeks.
"It's really been the same issue all year and we understand that," Harbaugh said. "We're struggling with inconsistency and that's something we have to find between now and when the playoffs start. We're going to work hard to do that. I don't think we're that far away. I really believe we're close."