Ravens tie all-time record with 19 straight preseason wins

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The Ravens officially have matched the all-time record for success in meaningless games.

Saturday’s 20-3 win over the Panthers gives Baltimore 19 straight preseason wins, equally the achievements of Vince Lombardi’s Packers from 1959-62.

“There’s going to be people that are going to say this doesn’t mean anything,” coach John Harbaugh said after the game, via ESPN.com. “There’s going to be people that are going to look at it and say, ‘Wow, that’s something.’ I’m of the belief that everything has meaning in life.”

The winning streak for the Ravens dates back to 2015.

“All those guys who were a part of that over those years should be proud tonight of that because it’s something only one other team has ever done — the Vince Lombardi Green Bay Packers,” Harbaugh said. “I’d say that’s notable.”

Still, until any aspect of the preseason carries over to the regular season, it truly does mean nothing. Several years ago, I suggested that preseason records should supplant a coin toss as the final of a dozen or so tiebreakers for postseason positioning, and people lost their minds over that effort to infuse any/some meaning into the exhibition slate. Thus, preseason performance truly and actually means nothing.

The Ravens can tell themselves it has meaning, and if it has meaning for them so be it. As far as the broader NFL is concerned, it has no relevance whatsoever to the goal that every team has of qualifying for the postseason and eventually playing in the Super Bowl.

12 responses to “Ravens tie all-time record with 19 straight preseason wins

  1. That’s awesome. I remember back in the very early 80’s the Raiders went winless in the pre-season, but ended up winning the super bowl. Most teams aren’t trying to win pre-season games. If you’re a team trying to win, you should win 20 in a row.

  2. Pre-season wins mean absolutely nothing, remember the season the Browns went 0-16, well guess what their pre-season record was?

    4-0!

  3. I’ll say why its important. Because the team breeds winning – at everything and at anytime, pre-season, in-season, post-season, off-season. It means they draft well and get quality undrafted free agents, that are better than other teams scrubs. Mostly though it is that winning is a philosophy. As opposed to teams (in any sport) that tank. They say it is okay to lose, they try to lose. And that is why they are losers. I’ll take company with Vince anyday!

  4. Inconsequential records are still Official All-Time NFL records. Congratulations.

  5. jbarr1 says:
    August 22, 2021 at 7:40 am
    Lions did same same thing in thier quest for perfection the year they went winless
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    This one made me laugh out loud.

  6. we certainly don’t play our starters much and winning beats losing, but it also takes luck to win that many games – even if they don’t count.

  7. The guys saying that pre season wins mean nothing are the same guys whining about participation trophies in youth sports. Doesn’t matter what type of game it is. You’re playing the game to win. Always.

  8. As a Ravens fan I personally dislike the hype around this streak. But as long as they are working on what has prevented them from getting a Super Bowl, that’s all I care about. And to me that is the passing game with Lamar. He hasn’t stepped on the field in pre-season yet, so I don’t know how well that is going. I guess I’ll see in week 3 of the pre-season or week 1 vs. the Raiders.

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