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With a 20-3 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Saturday night, the Baltimore Ravens won their 19th straight preseason game and no one is going to convince John Harbaugh that the streak lacks meaning.
The Vince Lombardi-era Packers won 19 exhibition games in a row from 1959 to 1962, which ended just weeks before the Ravens coach was born, ESPN reports.
“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.”
The Ravens have not lost a preseason game since Sept. 3, 2015, and Baltimore’s preseason streak started in 2016 against the Panthers.
“There’s going to be people that are going to say this doesn’t mean anything,” Harbaugh said. “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 Ravens’ preseason streak is the longest in at least 26 years if you look to the Elias Sports Bureau, but ESPN reports that Elias’ preseason records don’t go beyond 1995. The article states that long-time NFL reporter Rick Gosselin reported the Packers won 19 consecutive exhibition games 59 years ago.
The Ravens didn’t match that streak because they repeatedly play their star players in the preseason.
Baltimore beat Carolina on Saturday despite not suiting up seven starters, including Pro Bowl players like quarterback Lamar Jackson, tight end Mark Andrews, offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley and cornerback Marlon Humphrey.
“It’s a good feeling to have because you can see the type of culture we have as a team and organization,” said Tyler Huntley, who started at quarterback in place of Jackson. “We strive to win every time we step on the field. It just shows you how much depth as a team that we have to keep rolling out wins in the preseason.”
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