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Hey football world, Ravens say they're not experiencing 'zombie apocalypse'

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- One major storyline for Monday Night Football is how a popular Super Bowl pick plummeted to having the worst record in the NFL just six weeks into the season.

The Baltimore Ravens are determined to show that rumors of their demise have been exaggerated.

"The way we go about our business around here -- from [coach John] Harbaugh down -- no one is freaking out,' tight end Crockett Gillmore said. "We're not walking around in a zombie apocalypse."

In football terms, the Ravens have watched their world get turned upside down this year.

It was only nine months ago that the Ravens led the eventual Super Bowl champion New England Patriots by two touchdowns in an AFC divisional playoff game. Now, Baltimore is one of three teams with just one victory.

A perennial playoff team, the Ravens will have to make history to get back to the postseason. No 1-5 team has ever reached the playoffs.

But what continues to give the Ravens hope is that they're the kings of close losses. Baltimore is the first team since the 1995 Indianapolis Colts to have each of their first six games decided by six points or fewer, according to Elias Sports Bureau. That's record dates back to before the Ravens even existed as a franchise.

And for the record, no team has ever had its first seven games decided by six points or fewer.

"I think we take consolation that we feel like we're still doing a lot of positive things out there," fullback Kyle Juszczyk said. "We know we're right there and just have to push it over the hump."

The Ravens understand that no one wants to hear how they're a handful of plays away from being 5-1. The best way to convince a national audience that Baltimore hasn't completely folded is to beat the first-place Arizona Cardinals on Monday Night Football.

"A perfect stage to show them, 'Hey we are not what the record says,'" nose tackle Brandon Williams said. "It gives us a great chance to play Ravens football and show everyone that we're the Ravens."