Once again in 2013 fans are wondering what could have been for the Baltimore Ravens. This time it’s after a crushing 23-20 overtime loss to the Chicago Bears, a game which the Ravens had plenty of opportunities to win. No need to cry over spilled milk, though, because even at a meager 4-6 the Ravens are still very much alive for the last wild card spot in the weak AFC.
The last wild card spot is currently being held by the New York Jets (5-5), who were obliterated 37-14 at the hands of the Buffalo Bills. That same Jets team travels to Baltimore next week. A victory over the Jets would be huge as the Ravens would have the head to head tiebreaker advantage over them, and they also have the tiebreaker over the Miami Dolphins who are also 5-5. A lot of the other teams in the wild card race crapped the bed this weekend. The San Diego Chargers, Cleveland Browns, and Tennessee Titans all lost and fell to 4-6. Because of the mediocrity in the AFC teams once thought out of it, like the Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders, are now bunched in with the rest of the 4-6 crowd.
Even though it appears unlikely at this point, the Ravens are also still alive for the AFC North crown. Winning the AFC North would probably require the Ravens to run the table at 6-0 or at least 5-1. If the Ravens can somehow get to 8-7 and the Cincinnati Bengals go 2-2 in their next four, the 8-7 Ravens would have at shot in Week 17 at Cincinnati. It’s a pipe dream at this point, but anything is possible in the wacky world of the NFL. If the Ravens were to ever go on a run then now is the time. They’re quickly running out of extra lives.
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