With three games remaining in the regular season, the Ravens' performance and their goals are not on the same wavelength.
Since Week 13, Baltimore has lost two games in which they had a touchdown lead in the fourth quarter. They need to, as John Harbaugh said after the Redskins game, "find a way to finish the game better."
As of this moment, the Ravens are 9-4 and hold the fourth playoff seed in the AFC. If they beat Denver next week and New England loses either this week and/or next week, then Baltimore will be the No. 2 seed. In other words, as bad and as hopeless as things have seemed, the Ravens are still a big favorite to win their division, and have a very good shot at getting a first-round bye.
If Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs return next week, that would obviously be a huge lift to the team. But even despite those and other injuries, the Ravens were in very good position to win both of their last two games, and didn't.
They could be 11-2 (or even 12-1), but they are 9-4.
While the Ravens still have yet to technically clinch a playoff spot, it's just about a foregone conclusion that they will do just that for the fifth straight season.
Here are the Ravens' potential playoff match ups and how they might fare.