The best possible news for our Baltimore Ravens (10-3) was confirmed on Saturday with the NFL scheduling three early games to kick the weekend off and all matchups ending in positive results for the Flock, which might be about to clinch a postseason berth on Sunday.
Currently leading the AFC with a 10-3 record and being the only team with 10 wins in the conference entering Week 15, the Ravens were already in a prime position to once and for all make their presence in the playoffs official. Following the wins by the Cincinnati Bengals and the Indianapolis Colts (over the Pittsburgh Steelers), Baltimore is facing a win-and-in scenario today.
The Ravens can clinch a playoff berth this weekend, and all they need to do now is to defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars on the road. With Cincy and Detroit's wins and Pittsburgh's loss, the Ravens would be a playoff team with a victory tonight no matter the result of any/all other games played this weekend or going forward.
That doesn't mean the Ravens season will be over after today, mind you. Even if Baltimore gets the win, you can be sure the Flock will try to keep winning games on their way to finishing atop the conference, thus earning the only bye week among AFC postseason teams come mid-January.
The Bengals beat the Minnesota Vikings 27-24 in overtime on Saturday and they have now won three consecutive games even with Joe Borrow out for the season and backup QB Jake Browning leading the team from the pocket.
The Colts fell down 13-0 at the start of the second quarter against the Steelers yesterday but they went on to score 30 consecutive points to send Pittsburgh packing, dropping the AFC North squad to a mediocre 7-7 record. The Lions also beat the Broncos, putting the Ravens in the position they find themselves in before their SNF matchup at Jacksonville.
The Ravens have not hosted a playoff game since 2019, although it didn't matter as they were upset by the Tennessee Titans in the first postseason match played by Baltimore that season. Last January, the Ravens (without Lamar Jackson, who was injured) lost to Cincinnati in their first and only postseason game, and in 2020, they played two away games, defeating the Titans but losing to the Bills in the divisional round.