Sep 22, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis acknowledges the crowd during halftime of the game against the Houston Texans at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
1. 2008 schedule
In 2008, Harbaugh had quite the debut for a first-time head coach in the NFL. The team went 11-5 that year, including their playoff record, and finished second in their division. Baltimore had one of the toughest schedules in the league that year and they were also coming off of a down season the year prior.
The Ravens along with the Minnesota Vikings had the fourth toughest schedule in the league that season, according to nfl.com, which had a lot to do with their opponents’ win to loss ratio from the season prior. Their opponents won 55.1% of their scheduled games in 2007 per nfl.com.
Still, the Ravens were able to pull off an impressive record and finished the season defeating the Miami Dolphins in the Wild Card round of the playoffs as well as the Tennessee Titans in the divisional round before losing to their rival, the Pittsburgh Steelers, in the AFC championship game. The Steelers went on to hoist the Lombardi Trophy that season.
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