LONDON -- Thanks to the Chicago Bears, the Baltimore Ravens' 37-point loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday is essentially an unsightly mulligan.
The Ravens (2-1) remained in a first-place tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1) in the AFC North just hours after they tied the franchise's largest margin of defeat. It was made possible by the previously winless Bears, who upset the Steelers despite being eight-point underdogs at home.
This sets up a battle for the top spot in the division on Sunday, when Baltimore plays host to Pittsburgh in a matchup of teams trying to shake off disappointing defeats.
"It's the Steelers. It's going be a division game. Everything's on the line," safety Eric Weddle said. "This [loss to Jacksonville] is already behind us. We're going to look at the mistakes, correct the mistakes and already start game planning for Pittsburgh. Because the more we lament, the more we worry about this game and the more we're 'woe is me,' we'll get our butts kicked next week."
The Ravens asked the NFL not to schedule them a bye in Week 4. Baltimore would prefer to play six days after returning from an overseas flight if it meant an off week in the middle of the season.
What the Ravens probably didn't expect was a game against their biggest division rival in what usually is among the most physical matchups of the year.
How do the Ravens plan to rebound after a 44-7 loss to the Jaguars?
"From one of our great presidents: Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan," linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "The fortunate thing about failure is you learn more from failure than you ever will from succeeding. We’re going to learn from this. We’re going to learn from this. But one thing we are, we are a united front. We still are the Baltimore Ravens. We’re just 2-1."