The Baltimore Ravens‘ overtime win over the Cincinnati Bengals has them right back in the playoff mix. The win puts the Ravens 1.5 games back of the Bengals in the AFC North. A lot of people were saying that the Ravens would probably need to go 10-6 to win the division, but with a win over the Bengals the Ravens now have a little more rope. It’s very possible that going into the last game of the season against the Bengals again, that the Ravens could be 8-7 and the Bengals 9-6 with the winner taking all. This would be assuming that the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers were out of it by then.
Of course the No. 6 seed is always an option as well. Currently the New York Jets hold that spot at 5-4 (in Week 12 they play at Baltimore). The Tennessee Titans and San Diego Chargers both lost, dropping them to 4-5. The Browns are also at 4-5 as they were on bye this past week. The Miami Dolphins are 4-4 and will play the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday Night football. I would find it hard for the Dolphins to make anything out of this season after the Richie Incognito/Jonathan Martin fiasco.
If the Ravens can steal a road win against the Chicago Bears (with no Jay Cutler) next week, then they’ll be 5-5 with three in a row at home (Jets, Steelers, Minnesota Vikings). These are all very winnable games. It’s still a little early yet with seven games left to play, but there’s no denying that the 2013 Ravens are still very much alive in the AFC playoff picture.
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