But in a letter sent to season ticket holders, suite holders and sponsors this week, team president Dick Cass said the team's protests might have something to do with their fans not showing up.
The Ravens played in London on September 24, the same day widespread protests took place in the NFL in the aftermath of President Trump's comments and tweets that players should be "fired" for taking a knee during the national anthem. Returning home the next Sunday, the Ravens knelt for a prayer before standing for the anthem. Others bluntly told us to keep statements and protests out of the game.
"In light of recent events, we are also reminded that winning alone is not always enough to make the Ravens the unifying force we want to be", Cass wrote. There are some of you who have stayed away from our games. But this year has been different.
The Baltimore Ravens have placed receiver Jeremy Maclin on the inactive list for their game against the Indianapolis Colts. "There are a number of reasons for the no-shows, but surely the onetime protest in London has been a factor". And as they sit at 8-6, the Ravens are in the mix for a wild card spot, which certainly would indicate the attendance issue stems from matters not pertaining to team performance.
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The Baltimore Ravens are trying to earn their first playoff berth since 2014.
Case wrote in the letter that the team, and himself personally, have reached out to fans who raised concerns about the protest.
M&T Bank Stadium seats about 71,000 fans and the team announces a sellout every game, but there have been swaths of empty seats this season, especially in the upper levels.