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Ravens-Colts: Baltimore's Play in Indy Loss Proves It Still Has a Chance

BALTIMORE - NOVEMBER 22:  Billy Cundiff #7 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates one of his five field goals against the Indianapolis Colts at M&T Bank Stadium on November 22, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Colts defeated the Ravens 17-15. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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Tyler SpringsCorrespondent IDecember 27, 2016

Colts 17, Ravens 15 is a long way from what I thought the score would be, and in that respect, I'm very pleased, but at the same time, I'm upset because they had a shot to win that game and they blew it.  Economists talk about absolute and relative gains; the former measures a gain compared to a previous level, and the latter measures a gain in comparison to the gains of other competitors. 

For the Ravens, this game showed huge improvement from the level at which they played last week, but relative to what it could have been, it was a disappointing defeat.


As playoff implications go, the Ravens will be looking to the San Diego Chargers to widen the gap in the West between themselves and the grossly overrated Denver Broncos.  They're on their way, having thumped Denver 32-3 at Mile High on Sunday.  The Broncos play three more division games (two against the Chiefs and at home against Oakland) as well as thee others against the Colts, New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles

The Chargers finish divisional play next week against Kansas City at home and then face the Browns, Cowboys, Bengals, Titans and Redskins to finish out the year.  It would help a lot if the Titans are able to beat the Texans tonight, but beyond that, the race is tough to call.    

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