This is the same Ravens team that knocked the Colts out of the playoffs last year. It could be the same team the Colts play in the first round of the playoffs this year. It’s also the same team that has a fanbase which hates Indianapolis and the Colts. In fact, hatred isn’t even a strong enough word for what Baltimore fans feel towards the Colts.
But yes, this is the same team that Colts fans need to be diehards for over the next two weeks. Why, you may ask?
If Indianapolis beats the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, then Baltimore controls the destiny for the Colts to earn a first-round bye in the playoffs. How big would it be for the Colts to avoid the wild card round of the playoffs and get a home game in the divisional round? From there, if the top seed gets upset, then Indianapolis would host the AFC Championship Game. That’s a much better route to the Super Bowl than playing on the road in the final two rounds of the AFC playoffs.
Baltimore hosts the New England Patriots on Sunday and plays at the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 17. The Ravens beat the Patriots last year during the regular season and again in the AFC Championship Game, landing them in the Super Bowl. New England has always struggled with Baltimore and are struggling entering that game.
They barely beat the Cleveland Browns at home two weeks ago and lost last week to the Miami Dolphins. They are injured and don’t match up well with the Ravens. A Colts win and Patriots loss puts the Colts up to the no. 3 seed.
From there the Colts host the Jacksonville Jaguars in the final game of the season. Indianapolis beat them badly earlier in the year and should have no problem with them at home. The Ravens will play at the Bengals. In that game, the Ravens will have a lot to play for as they will likely need to win to make the playoffs.
The Bengals also don’t match up well with Baltimore at this point of the season, and a Ravens win gives Cincinnati six losses, which drops them to the no. 3 seed and moves the Colts up to no. 2 and a first-round bye. That’s why Colts fans need to be huge Baltimore fans over the next two weeks. Two Colts wins and two Ravens wins lands Indianapolis a first-round bye.