It was a strange Sunday in Week 15 of the NFL season as far as rooting interests go for the Baltimore Ravens and their fans. When it comes to getting into the postseason, it is okay for Ravens fans to root for two hated rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots.
The bad news is that the Patriots lost to the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins remain the biggest threat to the Ravens as far as the last wild card spot is concerned. The Dolphins are currently in that no. 6 spot right now, but will be bumped from that spot if the Ravens can beat the Detroit Lions on Monday.
Should the Ravens lose, then the Dolphins will control their destiny for the last spot with their last two games being against Buffalo Bills on the road and at home against the New York Jets. Basically, the Ravens would have to beat the Patriots at home and then beat the Cincinnati Bengals on the road in Week 17, and have the Dolphins lose one of their final two games.
The good news from Sunday’s action was that the Bengals lost to the Steelers on Sunday night. This means that the Ravens can now win the AFC North if they run the table for their final three games. It’s not an easy task considering the remaining opponents, but the carrot is dangling out there now. Should the Ravens lose tonight to the Lions, they could still win the North with a win against the Patriots and a Bengals loss to the Minnesota Vikings next week at home.
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that a win against the Lions tonight will put the Ravens in a very desirable position as far as making the postseason. A loss wouldn’t be the end of the world, but it would certainly make things more difficult. In a weak AFC where home-field advantage really doesn’t matter, the thought of a repeat Super Bowl run by the Ravens isn’t out of the question. Opportunity is knocking.
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