Now 9-2, the Ravens are still in first place in the AFC North. Because the Steelers lost to the Browns, Baltimore has a three-game lead over Pittsburgh with five games to go. They beat their arch-rival in Week 11 and host them next week at M&T Bank Stadium.
Cincinnati won their third game in a row to move to 6-5 on the year, the same record as Pittsburgh. As is stands, with current injuries limiting the Steelers, it looks like they will more likely challenge for a wild card spot rather than the division title.
Ravens' playoff chances: 90 percent
Baltimore would basically have to lose every one of their remaining games to miss the playoffs.
Since their bye week (Week 8), the Ravens have sacked opposing quarterbacks 13 times and have caused seven more turnovers than their opponents. Most importantly, in those four games, Baltimore is 4-0 with three of their wins coming on the road.
Current playoff seed: No. 2
Through Week 12 of the NFL season, the Ravens are currently the No. 2 seed in the AFC. They are 4-0 in their division and have three of their next four games at home, where they've won 16 straight (playoffs included).
With fives games left, the Ravens are one game (and a head-to-head tiebreaker) up on the Patriots for a first-round bye. That's an automatic home game, and may be just the amount of time Ray Lewis needs to get back healthy.
Who knows what will happen? The Ravens showed on Sunday they're rushing the passer and converting on third downs (50 percent on Sunday; 34 percent through Week 11) much better than they have been. Those are two key stats that go hand-in-hand with playoff success.
While it doesn't look like it will happen, the Ravens have much more than a shot in the dark to win the No. 1 overall seed in the conference.
For now, holding onto the second seed while other contenders will have to play each other down the stretch is a good thing for Ravens fans, despite what they may say.
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