The NFL is going into final week of the season having almost all the playoff teams needing a win or another team to lose for one reason or another. Whether it's to make the playoffs, to get home field advantage or to earn a bye week, all but the Philadelphia Eagles have a reason to play all of their starters in the final game. To prevent that from changing when early games wrap up, the NFL has moved five games from a 1 p.m. EST start time to 4:25 p.m. EST. Included in those five is the Baltimore Ravens hosting the Cincinnati Bengals and the Ravens Head Coach, Jim Harbaugh, is not happy about that at all because of how it might affect the crowd size for the game.
I don't think the NFL did us any favors by moving it back. But they don't care about us. So, we just have to care about ourselves. We have to take care of our own business. That goes for our team, for our fans and for our city. Let's go win the football game.
I don't know what their considerations are at the league office, and why they do what they do. I really don't care, other than the fact that I hope our fans are OK with it. I hope they're into it. I hope people get there. The people who have plans, I hope they give their tickets to someone else so they get there. I want the place to be packed and loud.
It's going to take a 100 percent effort [and] everything we have to win this football game. That's what we plan on getting ready to do. We'd sure like to have our fans out there helping us.
The Ravens (9-6) can lock in a playoff berth by beating the Bengals (6-9). They can also reach the postseason if it loses and either the Bills (8-7) or Titans (8-7) lose as well. The NFL has flexed times often in the past, this only seems to be an issue because the games are taking place on New Years Eve and Harbaugh fears that attendance will drop because of people already having plans for the holiday.