The Baltimore Ravens survived a wild game against the Minnesota Vikings in which five touchdowns were scored in the final 125 seconds. In pulling off the stunning win, the Ravens held on to the No. 6 seed in the AFC with a 7-6 record while still keeping slim hopes of possibly winning the AFC North.
Although they aren’t mathematically eliminated, it’s probably safe to write off the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans who both lost to fall to 5-8. The San Diego Chargers and New York Jets kept themselves alive with wins, moving both teams to 6-7. The Ravens hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Jets and have a much better conference record than the Chargers as of now (Ravens 6-4, Chargers 3-6). Next week the Jets travel to play the 9-4 Carolina Panthers while the Chargers travel to play the 11-2 Denver Broncos on Thursday night. We can probably say bye-bye to both teams after Week 15.
This leaves the 7-6 Miami Dolphins as the only real competition for the Ravens. The Ravens hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Dolphins but have a tough road ahead. The Ravens’ final three games are at Detroit Lions, vs. New England Patriots, at Cincinnati Bengals. Not an easy stretch to say the least. The Dolphins don’t have the easiest of roads either with three straight division games vs. Patriots, at Buffalo Bills, vs. Jets.
If I had to ballpark it, I’d say the Ravens would probably need to win at least two if their final three to be alright. With that being said, they should just win the final three and make things easy. Of course nothing has been easy for the 2013 Ravens.
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