Baltimore Ravens move to top spot in AFC after Patriots loss
The Baltimore Ravens are 10-2 and are suddenly the top seed in the AFC playoff picture:
The Baltimore Ravens have moved into the number one spot in the AFC playoffs. The Houston Texans were able to take down the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football. Because the Ravens hold the head to head advantage against the Patriots, they get the tiebreaker.
The Patriots and the Ravens have been moving in opposite directions. The Ravens dominated the Patriots on Sunday Night Football. Since that game the Patriots have shown their vulnerabilities. Tom Brady and company won a tight one against the Philadelphia Eagles and scraped by the Cowboys last week.
The Ravens dismantled the Houston Texans and the Los Angeles Rams like it was easy. Week 13 gave the Ravens a dramatic victory over the 49ers, a team that looks just as good as they do. Baltimore is the Super Bowl favorite in the AFC. They have won eight straight games and they have the leader in the MVP race, Lamar Jackson. John Harbaugh’s team is on fire.
The Ravens got past the toughest team left on their schedule. 14-2 has now become a realistic possibility. The Ravens have battles against the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers. Those are games Baltimore should be expected to win. The Patriots have lost the top playoff spot and the Ravens may not give it back.
New England has a good defense but is lacking an explosive offense. They have come back down to earth since their eight game winning streak to start the season. Now the Patriots have a tough game against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs are riding a two game winning streak and Patrick Mahomes just dropped 40 points on the Oakland Raiders.
If the Patriots lose to the Chiefs, Baltimore is in a dream scenario. That would open up the possibility of their week 17 game not to even mean anything. The Ravens playing the Steelers in week 17 would usually be a tense idea, yet it may end up being drama free.
The Ravens now have the ability to completely control their destiny. The Ravens are looking almost unstoppable. They’ve beaten the top teams in the AFC and NFC. They know they can win the Super Bowl this season and so does the entire football world. This is big news for Baltimore.