3 reasons why Baltimore Ravens must leave foot on gas pedal

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Baltimore Ravens
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The Baltimore Ravens have a six game win streak brewing. They need to keep their foot on the gas pedal. Here are three reasons why:

1. Nothing is official yet:

The Baltimore Ravens basically have the AFC North wrapped up like a Christmas present to themselves. The problem is that nothing is official yet. The Ravens haven’t earned the division title they have just put themselves in position to do so. If they keep on winning the AFC North is theirs. If the Ravens falter, they can learn the lesson that the Pittsburgh Steelers learned last year. The Steelers had to collapse for the Ravens to have a shot at the division title in 2018. The Ravens can’t commit the cardinal sin of their divisional foe.

The Steelers are 5-5 and the Cleveland Browns are 4-6. The Ravens losing the lead in the AFC North is unrealistic based on the information we currently have. The Ravens have to make sure that narrative doesn’t change. If the Ravens went on a two game skid against the 49ers, the Steelers would be in striking distance if they can take advantage of their easy schedule. The Ravens will want to have the division clinched before they take the best shot Pittsburgh and Cleveland can take at them.

The Ravens haven’t even locked up one of the top two seeds. The Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans are 7-4. The Oakland Raiders are 6-4 and are hot at the moment. The battle for a playoff bye cannot become muddled. The Ravens still have work to do. They have given themselves a little margin of error, though they haven’t clinched anything.