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A home-field disadvantage for Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens led the NFL in false starts with 28 this past season, but the bizarre part about this is most occurred in the friendly confines of M&T Bank Stadium.

Over half of the Ravens' false starts -- 16, to be exact -- came at home. Baltimore was flagged for a false start in seven of eight home games.

And this isn't just a one-year aberration. Since coach John Harbaugh took over as coach in 2008, the Ravens have led the NFL in false starts at home with 84. Only the Dallas Cowboys, who committed 82 false starts at home, had more than 80 over that same span.

It's a strange statistic because the Ravens have enjoyed so much success at home over the years. A big advantage for the Ravens is how loud M&T Bank Stadium can become when the visiting team is on offense. But the volume is decidedly lower when the Ravens have the ball, which makes you wonder why there are so many false starts. It's a statistic that is tough to explain.

Here are the Ravens' false starts by the numbers:

5 -- Times in the past six years that the Ravens have finished in the top five in the NFL in false starts

12 -- False starts on the road this past season (five teams had more than the Ravens)

14 -- Players who were flagged for false starts in 2013

16 -- False starts by offensive linemen this past season (Marshal Yanda had the most with five)

146 -- Total number of false starts under Harbaugh, fourth-most in the NFL since 2008