All season long the Baltimore Ravens have seemingly teetered on the line between playoff contention and mediocrity, so it seems fitting they enter Week 17 in a do-or-die situation. Baltimore is the initial team out of the AFC playoffs, but a gain in Week 17 contrary to the Cleveland Browns and a San Diego Chargers loss to the Kansas City Chiefs would push the Ravens to the AFC’s second Wild Card spot.
With two AFC North teams already having clinched playoff spots (the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers), the Ravens could potentially be the 3rd team from the division to achieve this postseason. Baltimore coming into this game at 9-6 (2-3 in the division) and they’ll need certainly to skip over the 9-6 Chargers, who own the tiebreaker contrary to the Ravens after beating them back in Week 13.
Having lost two of the last 4 games, Ravens are somewhat lucky to still have an attempt at playoff contention. However, they face a winnable game contrary to the Browns and will hope that the Chiefs can play spoiler and push the Ravens to the postseason. Ravens took down Cleveland in Week 3 of the growing season, however, the Browns have already been arguably one of the NFL‘s more surprising teams this season. They’ll have to be able to end the growing season at 8-8 and ruin any chance Baltimore has at making the playoffs.
I do believe the Ravens could have an excellent chance to beat the Browns, but I’m not sure concerning the Chiefs being able to beat the Chargers, which can be essential if the Ravens want to help make the postseason. Kansas City will be without quarterback Alex Smith, as he’s out with a lacerated spleen. However, Kansas City will be at home where they’re 5-2 this year, that ought to give some Ravens fans hope.
Before the growing season started, I predicted the Ravens would secure a Wild Card spot, and I’m likely to stick with this and say that Week 17 should go their way and they’ll find a way to the playoffs.