Harbaugh focused on Bengals, not you-know-who four days afterward

Coach also says first home game in three weeks is not exactly a comfort

November 16, 2011|By Edward Lee

The Ravens have a pretty significant matchup this Sunday when the 6-3 Cincinnati Bengals visit the 6-3 Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Four days after that contest, the 8-1 San Francisco 49ers will arrive for a Thanksgiving night showdown.

The Thanksgiving clash pits John Harbaugh against his brother Jim, but John Harbaugh said he’s not contemplating the challenge of playing two games within a five-day span.

“No. This week is Cincinnati,” Harbaugh said during his weekly briefing Monday. “Next week will be whoever we play next week, whenever we play them. But this week is Cincinnati. Absolutely.”

The Ravens will play at home for the first time since Oct. 30, when they edged the Arizona Cardinals, 30-27. But returning to the friendly confines of M&T Bank Stadium after two consecutive road contests is not exactly a comfort, according to Harbaugh.

“There is nothing comfortable about what we are up against,” he said. “It’s going to be a fight. It’s a team that we know, a team that we understand, and it’s going to be a tough ballgame.”

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