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Playoff Chances: 70 percent
For the fifth consecutive game, the Baltimore Ravens were far from impressive. They let a subpar Cleveland Browns team stick around for over three quarters yesterday, struggling to get a whole lot going on the offensive side of the ball during that span.
While the Ravens defense was much more impressive against the pass, they just seem to be struggling to play up to the level that their talent suggests.
Trent Richardson had over 100 yards on the ground, while both Greg Little and Josh Gordon were mighty good on the outside against lackluster Baltimore cornerbacks. In fact, the two young receivers compiled seven catches for 90 yards on just 10 targets.
Joe Flacco didn't make any glaring mistakes but also struggled with accuracy to the outside. The good news is that offensive coordinator Cam Cameron finally made the decision to focus more on the running game and Ray Rice. The running back carried the ball 25 times for nearly 100 yards and a touchdown.
The Ravens, who hold a one-game advantage in the AFC North, have two more games remaining against their closest competitors in the form of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
They also have a total of four games remaining against teams that are currently over .500. If the Ravens cannot break away against the likes of the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs, it is hard to imagine them actually being able to have consistent success against better teams.
In short, Flacco and company need to improve over the coming weeks if they want to be considered serious conference championship contenders.