Is the AFC North race over after Week 12?

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In the last game of Sunday's slate, the Ravens defeated the Chargers 20-10 inside Sofi Stadium solidifying their standing at the top of the AFC North (1.5-game lead) and the AFC (half game) as a whole.

Despite not reaching their peak levels of play, mostly due to a mediocre offensive outing in Los Angeles, the Ravens' defense stepped up and saved the day for the Flock entering their bye week as they sport a cool 9–3 record for the season with just six weeks remaining.

Baltimore's defense played a pivotal role, racking up a season-high four takeaways and three sacks on Sunday on their way to lifting the Ravens past LA.

With this win, the Ravens extended their ongoing run of great results as they moved to the aforementioned 9-3 record having won six of their last seven games. The victory elevated them to the No. 1 seed in the AFC after they lost it for a minute due to games played in the early Sunday slate.

At 9–3, Baltimore is in possession of the No. 1 seed in the conference by a half-game distance from other 8-win teams, namely the Chiefs, Dolphins, and Jaguars.

According to ESPN Analytics, the Ravens currently have a 26% chance of ending up with the top seed in the AFC. The Chiefs remain at the top of those projections with a 36% probability of snatching the No. 1 seed.

As for the AFC North division, the Ravens put a 1.5-game distance between them and the second-best Pittsburgh Steelers following Sunday's results. The Steelers defeated the lowly Bengals while Cleveland lost to the Browns easily.

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Baltimore holds a 9-3 record while both the Browns and the Steelers are tied at 7-4 each with Cincinnati sporting a losing 5-6 record throught Week 12. Consider the AFC North sealed and delivered, destination Maryland.

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