Baltimore Ravens’ 5 Potential Playoff Opponents
5 Potential Playoff Opponents for the Baltimore Ravens
Despite a rocky start and mountains of adversity, the ever-resilient Baltimore Ravens have managed to push on through the injuries, horrible run game, lack of tight-end production and all of the Off-season departures and are now sitting in a Wildcard spot. The Ravens are hoping to stay the course this Sunday with a win and maintain their grip on the final AFC Wildcard spot. With that said, what will they do with the Wildcard spot? Will they go “one and done” or will they pull a Cinderella story like the New York Giants have done in the past and go all the way to the dance? This will all again rest on the mind of John Harbaugh.
Head Coach John Harbaugh has done nothing but win since 2008 when he was hired. He has brought this team out of the depths of despair and put them back in contention for the playoffs. At one point the Ravens even declared a state of emergency in the locker-room. Thankfully relief has come in the form of Dennis Pitta and the resurgence of Jacoby Jones' gameplay. However, will this be enough to take us to the post-season?
Can the Ravens hold off the Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers, New York Jets, and Tennessee Titans? All signs point to yes if they can stay the course. With that said, our players are getting back healthy in time for a playoff push but once there, the opposition is stacked and has been for a great deal of the season. Let’s take a brief look at each opponent and how they might measure up.
The Cincinnati Bengals are no longer your fathers' Bungles; they have managed to put together a monster offense with A.J. Green and “Big Red” Andy Dalton leading the charge. Combine that with a formidable Defense led by Defensive MVP hopeful Vontaze Burfict and you can see they are no longer a stepping stone to the Divisional round. Baltimore has topped them once this season and will need to do it again and maybe a third time to knock them out of the picture.
Kansas City Chiefs
The new and improved Kansas City Chiefs have grown tired of being the first round Jabroni as well; they have been pushed out by the Indianapolis Colts in 2006 and by the Ravens in 2010 in their most recent visits to the playoffs. With Andy Reid at the helm you know they aspire to go to the dance, but don’t we all? If Baltimore can withstand the terrorizing Defense of the Chiefs and somehow turn this game into a shootout, I am sure the Chiefs won’t be able to keep up.
I feel that I should mention the Indianapolis Colts because while they are in arguably the crappiest division in the AFC they still have a shot at a home game against the Ravens because they will win their division by default. I am not forgetting about the fact that they beat Peyton Manning and his beastly Denver Broncos, but I am also not going to forget the St Louis Rams trounced them mid-season. This team plays down to the level of competition and if they do that against the Ravens they will be on the couch in February.
New England Patriots
In addition to the aforementioned, one can never count out the "Brady Bunch". Bill Belicheck has his New England Patriots Your text to link...rolling at just the right time. They really were never stagnant, they just lacked hands in the receiver department while Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola got healthy. The Ravens will have their hand full trying to top Brady in what will be an epic battle that is really becoming a rivalry for the ages.
Last, but certainly not least, the Denver Broncos headed by the masterful mind of Peyton Manning. Some say he chokes in the playoffs, but I believe the opposition just gets lucky. Of course, being eliminated 11 times from the playoffs could be considered more than bad luck. I will not bring up Week 1 due to it being too painful. Let’s just look at it as he got the best of us when we were trying to figure out who we were and we’re a different team now. The Ravens must out think Manning and mask their blitz packages to avoid a repeat of the mile-high nightmare.