With only three games left in the regular season, the Baltimore Ravens have their sights set on the playoffs.
But their postseason hopes can be stripped away just as quickly as they can be obtained.
In the last few weeks of the season, anything can happen when it comes to which teams make the playoffs and which teams fail to make the cut. But it doesn’t just depend on what one team does. While it it beneficial for the Ravens to win the remainder of there games this season, the team can profit from other teams winning and losing.
The Ravens have the Monday Night Football game for Week 15 and got to sit back and watch the the Sunday matchups.
One game that had an impact on the Ravens was the matchup between the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins. To benefit the Ravens, a Patriots win would have been ideal, but the Dolphins came out on top with a 24-20 victory. The Pats would have clinched the AFC East with a win in Miami and that would have sent the Dolphins to 7-7. Instead, the Dolphins improved to 8-6, putting them in front to the Ravens and the giving them the sixth and final playoff position for the time being. If the Ravens win in Week 15, they will regain the last wild card position, since they hold the tiebreaker over the Dolphins after defeating them in Week 5.
However, the Ravens were a little more fortunate when it came to an AFC North matchup in primetime on Sunday. The division leading Cincinnati Bengals faced the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the Bengals lost 30-20 on the road. With a Bengals loss, the Ravens have a chance to catch the division leader. If the Ravens win against the Lions, their record will improve to 8-6, putting them one win behind the 9-5 Bengals. The two teams will meet in the final game of the regular season and the division title could come down to that final game.