The 2007 season was not a good one for the Ravens, to say the least.
Their record was 5-11, and at the end of the year, Steve Bisciotti fired Brian Billick. Baltimore endured a nine-game losing streak, which included overtime losses at home to Cleveland and at Miami against the then 0-13 Dolphins. That loss to Miami would be the Dolphins’ only win of the season.
In four of their 16 games that year, the Ravens offense scored in the single digits. However, one of those four games was a win, and a particularly interesting win, at that.
Nine years ago today, the Ravens beat the 49ers in San Francisco, 9-7. Baltimore didn’t allow a single sack, didn’t commit a single turnover, and possessed the ball for 38 minutes. The total yards were 315-163 in favor of the Ravens.
Even with all of those key stats overwhelmingly in Baltimore’s favor, the Ravens could only muster three Matt Stover field goals. The good news is that Baltimore won the game, and set a franchise record that still stands to this day.
According to ESPN.com, the Ravens’ 9-7 victory that day was the lowest-scoring win in franchise history. While that may not be very impressive on the surface, consider how the Ravens were coming off a road loss to the Browns the week prior, which brought their road record to 0-2 to start the season.
The Ravens were desperate for a (road) win, and got one in San Francisco. They would go on to lose their next seven road games. Even though it was an ugly game against a team that would end up 5-11, it was a road win in the NFL. Those are extremely tough to get.
Since October 7, 2007, the Ravens have pulled off the feat again, and remarkably they did so five years later to the day.
On October 7, 2012, the Ravens went on the road to Kansas City and won, 9-6. Baltimore repeated its record-setting performance, as they won a road game while scoring nine points. Unlike in 2007, that win would help the team get into the postseason–a postseason which ended with a triumphant celebration in New Orleans.
Who knows? Maybe the Ravens will score nine points in a road win the next time an NFL game will be held on October 7 (Week 5 of the 2018 season).
One thing I do know: the Ravens will always keep things interesting and will never quit.
We’ve seen the graphic on our TVs during just about every game this season – you know the one. It says that the Ravens have played the most close games in the NFL over the last season-plus. As fans, we’ve been treated to very few Ravens blowouts that we can just sit back and enjoy lately. That’s just not this team’s style.
For the first three weeks of this season, the Ravens managed to come out on top in a one-score game. Last week, the tables turned. If you play with fire enough, you’re bound to get burned.
The 2016 Ravens, with all the weapons at their disposal (and in today’s offense-happy NFL), shouldn’t be in much danger of repeating the feat of winning while scoring in the single digits. But they certainly enjoy winning BY single digits so far.
Regardless of how these games look from an entertainment perspective, remember, the goal is to win. No extra credit is given for style points.
Which isn’t to say that our collective blood pressure couldn’t use a stylish win here soon!