Things are looking up for the Baltimore Ravens. The playoffs are so close that John Harbaugh and company can probably taste it:
If the Baltimore Ravens beat the Indianapolis Colts, it’s bad news for the Buffalo Bills. The Ravens would then own the common opponent tie-breaker and Baltimore could not lose the sixth seed on a tie. Buffalo has to do battle with the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins. The Bills are likely going to lose to the Patriots and them beating the Dolphins again is far from a guarantee.
When the Kansas City Chiefs beat the San Diego Chargers on Saturday night, it made it impossible for an AFC West team to beat the Ravens in a tie-breaker for the sixth seed. To make matters better for the Ravens, the Tennessee Titans lost to the San Francisco 49ers yesterday. This cracks the door for the Ravens to sneak into the fifth seed in the AFC playoffs. Tennessee has to play the high flying LA Rams and the ever impressive Jacksonville Jaguars.
Nobody wants to see the Ravens in the playoffs:
Things are looking up for the Ravens as they get ready for two home games that will wrap up the regular season. The Ravens’ next opponent, the Colts, has three wins on the season. The Cincinnati Bengals are the Ravens’ last opponent. Cincinnati has lost three in a row and has a 5-9 record. There is no excuse for the 8-6 Ravens not to finish the season 10-6. If they do, the Ravens are potentially looking at the fifth seed. This is an exciting time.
Nobody wants to see John Harbaugh’s Ravens in the playoffs. The Ravens have a running game and a usually reliable defense. The Ravens lead the league in turnovers. This is a team that could do some damage in their first playoff appearance since 2014. The Ravens season will be a success if they compete in the NFL postseason.
The Ravens could do well in the playoffs. Baltimore has won the Super Bowl twice, and both times the team was an underdog. Nobody saw the Ravens getting past Peyton Manning’s Broncos and the New England Patriots to get to the Super Bowl in 2012. The Ravens are proof that if you just get into the postseason anything is possible.
To make things even better, the Ravens Flock got to see the Pittsburgh Steelers lose. Sure, rooting for the New England Patriots required a cleansing shower but for Ravens fans, seeing Pittsburgh’s luck run out was refreshing. Pittsburgh and New England are the powers in the AFC but both teams looked vulnerable. The Ravens low ranked offense put up 38 points against the Steelers and Tom Brady came up in the clutch against them as well. The Patriots won the game but they look less unbeatable than they usually do.
The bottom line:
I’m not saying that the Ravens will win the Super Bowl. Baltimore, that’s a long shot. What I’m saying is that the Ravens can win the Super Bowl and that is something to be excited about. The purple and black still have to punch their playoff ticket but it’s a sunny day in the heart of Ravens country.