USA About: Ravens Publish: 12/21/2021 Edit: 12/21/2021 Author: Gardener
To get an idea of how quickly playoff fortunes can change in the AFC, consider the Ravens' last three weeks. If the regular season had ended after week 12, the Ravens would have been the top seeds of the conference. Now, after three straight losses, most recently a 31-30 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, they wouldn't even make it into the NFL's expanded seven-team playoff field when the season ends on Tuesday. And yet, according to the predictions of FiveThirtyEight, they remain favored not only to reach the playoffs, but also to win the AFC North. A lot can and will change in the last three weeks of the regular season. This Ravens season was nothing but unpredictable. With a crucial and possibly departmental matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, take a closer look at where the Ravens are in the AFC playoff picture. Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley keeps the ball to late in 4th Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley keeps the ball to late in 4th Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley is congratulated by Mark Andrews after scoring a goal in the final minutes of the game to get the score within 1 of the Green Bay Packers. A subsequent two-point conversion attempt failed and the Packers won 31-30. Steelers, Bengals, Broncos The Chiefs, winners seven times in a row, are AFC favorites again. After a dramatic win on Thursday evening, they also have two games ahead of the Los Angeles Chargers. A favorable end-of-season schedule gives Kansas City a good chance of scooping a round one bye and home advantage in the postseason. Baltimore Ravens manager John Harbaugh watches his offense come off the field after a failed fourth quarter two-point conversion that could have won the game. The Ravens lost to the Packers 31-30. The ball, destined for Ravens tight end Mark Andrews, hits the turf as the Ravens beat the Green Bay Packers at the end of 4. The Patriots' seven-game winning streak ended Saturday night with a loss to the Indianapolis Colts, but thanks to one Winning their match in week 12, they stay ahead of the Tennessee Titans. Sunday's rematch against the Buffalo Bills is vital as both teams head into Week 16 3-1 in the AFC East game, a potentially crucial tiebreaker. Mark Andrews, center, of Ravens, reacts dejected after failing to hold onto a pass to fail a two-point conversion against the Packers in the fourth quarter. The Packers defeated the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium by 31-30. Tyus Bowser and Justin Houston (# 50) from Ravens sacked Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the second quarter. The Titans could have claimed the No. 1 Seed for themselves with a win against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday - they have the head-to-head tiebreaker against the Chiefs - but an ugly loss left them within reach of the up-and-coming Colts the AFC South. Tyler Huntley of Ravens, right, runs away from Krys Barnes of Packers in the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Ravens 'Tyler Huntley is fired from Packers' De'Vondre Campbell in the first quarter. If they win in Week 7 in Baltimore, Cincinnati will be at the helm of AFC North and the Ravens will look inside out. If the Bengals end their win of the season at home on Sunday, they would be heavy favorites for AFC North. Raven's tight end Mark Andrews is being bailed out after missing the reception on a two-point conversion attempt against the Green Bay Packers in the late 4th quarter. The Packers won 31-30. Remaining Schedule: At Cardinals vs. Since their breakdown in Week 5 in Baltimore, the Colts have won seven out of nine games and positioned themselves well for a top five seed. If Indianapolis can get past a struggling Arizona Cardinals team, it should start the postseason with a five-game winning streak. Could that be enough to skip the Titans in AFC South? Remaining schedule: at Texans vs. The Chargers, a win on Thursday against the Chiefs they defeated in their first matchup could have taken control of AFC West. Now they may have to hold their own in a crowded wildcard field where a previous loss to the Ravens and a win over the Bengals could be decisive. The chargers' schedule is manageable, but this week's coronavirus outbreak isn't going to help. Remaining schedule: Patriots vs. The Bills stuck in seventh place thanks to a 5-5 conference record, half a game worse than the Chargers' 5-4 mark. Buffalo should be preferred to make the playoffs despite yet another loss to New England, but a win would put them in control of the AFC East. The Baltimore Ravens quarterback is defeated by De'Vondre Campbell of Green Bay Packers in the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. The Baltimore Ravens quarterback is defeated by De'Vondre Campbell of Green Bay Packers in the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. The Baltimore Ravens quarterback is defeated by De'Vondre Campbell of Green Bay Packers in the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Green Bay Packers' Davante Adams scores a touchdown against the Ravens in the third quarter. Remaining schedule: Bengals vs. The two remaining league games will be crucial. With victories over the Bengals and Steelers, they would be virtual playoff castles. Baltimore Ravens' Latavius Murray, 28, looks for space at M&T Bank Stadium in Q4 to face the Green Bay Packers. Remaining schedule: in Chiefs vs. Browns at Ravens Justin Madubuike, center, dismisses Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers as he battles Royce Newman, left, in the fourth quarter. Somehow the Steelers are still hanging around looking for a way into the playoffs. Next up: the top team at the AFC, a Cleveland offensive that can span Pittsburgh's seedy run defense, and a potentially equally desperate Ravens team playing in Baltimore. Justin Madubuike (92) of the Baltimore Ravens faces Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the 4th quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley eludes access by Rashan Gary from Green Bay Packers in a drive on the 4th Restplan: vs. Restplan: vs. Restplan: vs. Restplan: vs. Restplan: vs. But you will need a lot of help, to sneak into the playoffs as a wildcard team. Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley, right, runs for a 3-yard touchdown in front of Krys Barnes of Packers, left, in the fourth quarter. Remaining schedule: Saints, Titans vs. The Dolphins have won six games in a row since the start of the 1-7 season. But a title in the AFC East Division is unlikely and the playoff odds are not great for a 7-7 team. Remaining schedule: at Packers, at Steelers, vs. If the regular season had ended after week 12, Baltimore would have been the top seed of the AFC. This is followed by wide receiver Marquise Brown (right) and the Ravens Eli Apple (left) and the Bengals in the AFC North. The Browns would have finished first in the AFC North with a win over Las Vegas. Remaining schedule: Raiders, Chargers vs. The Broncos have the worst playoff odds of any AFC team that haven't been eliminated.
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