Ravens won’t shy away from scoreboard watching

A few years ago, with the Ravens closing in on a playoff spot, their head coach at the time, Brian Billick, blocked certain scores from being shown throughout the stadium during a home game.

Billick’s thought was that he didn’t want his team distracted by watching how various games crucial to the Ravens’ postseason hopes would turn out.

Current head coach John Harbaugh said he has no plans to follow that strategy and block the Steelers-Browns score from being shown during the Ravens game against the Bengals on Sunday.

“I didn’t know I had that kind of power. That’s good to know,” Harbaugh joked. “No, you know what? I could see why you might do that, but we’ll let them be up there. Our guys, I’m not worried about our players one bit. I know our guys will be focused, and they’re going to play the game.”

While scoreboard watching is normally frowned upon in the NFL, the Ravens seem to be embracing the concept going into Sunday.

With a Ravens win over Cincinnati and a Steelers loss, Baltimore would leapfrog Pittsburgh and earn the AFC North title and a first-round bye. Without the Steelers loss, the Ravens would be the No. 5 seed in the AFC and would have to head on the road throughout the playoffs.

That’s why the players admit that they’ll be keeping one eye on the field and one eye on the scoreboard for parts of Sunday afternoon.

Don’t take that to mean that they won’t be focused on Bengals, however.

“It’s kind of hard not to watch [the scoreboard], but we understand we have to take care of our business,” linebacker Ray Lewis said. “If we don’t take care of our business, none of that matters, no matter what happens. That’s kind of what we’re focusing on, and whatever happens with Pittsburgh-Cleveland, happens.”

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