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Jeff: Assuming the Ravens win their remaining games, and the Patriots and Texans win their remaining games, where would the Ravens be seeded? All three teams would have the same record against conference opponents at 10-2 each. Would the head-to-head tie breaker apply to the Ravens win against the Texans? I'm hearing that head-to-head doesn't matter when it's a three-way tie. Thanks Mike!
Mike Preston: Jeff, I just had this discussion with a fellow reporter Monday morning. We've seen and heard so many things. We went back and forth so many times that we started getting headaches. So, we both decided, or at least I did, that we'll worry about it at the end of the season because so many things can still happen. Instead of having your blood pressure rise over the situation, I suggest you sit back and enjoy the run. This is an exciting time and it's going to go down to the wire with Pittsburgh, the Ravens and Patriots.
After being on the road with the Ravens in the postseason during the last three years, it would be nice to have a bye or a playoff game(s) in Baltimore. In all honesty, I wouldn't want to play in New England. The Patriots don't lose a lot at home, and Patriots coach Bill Belichick gets more home cooking with the officials than any coach since Don Shula was in Miami.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The NFL's tiebreaking rules for seeding division champions with the same record goes as follows.
- Head-to-head sweep. (Applicable only if one club has defeated each of the others or if one club has lost to each of the others.)
- Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
- Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games, minimum of four.
- Strength of victory.
- Strength of schedule.
- Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
- Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
- Best net points in conference games.
- Best net points in all games.
- Best net touchdowns in all games.
- Coin toss
Bill S.: Is there any chance the Ravens will reconsider moving training camp to Owings Mills? This just seems like such a bad public relations decision. It's an intangible thing, but getting up close to the fans at Westminster has always seemed to be part of the Ravens' appeal, something that may not seem like a big deal in winning years, but something they may regret during down periods.
Mike Preston: No, right now Harbaugh is king of the castle. He wants to remain at Owings Mills, and the team will grant him his wishes. I agree with you that things work in cycles. But this is like the 99 percent versus the one percent. The fans want training camp to remain in Westminster, but the one percent, the corporate monster, doesn't care. They are going to do what is best for them, not the fans. It is what it is, but I couldn't see former owner Art Modell allowing this to happen.
Joe: With Indy coming to town this weekend, can we please be spared from the inevitable Sun article lamenting the Colts leaving town? You know ... the one where they find that one guy in a diner somewhere outside the city that still holds a grudge and won't watch football anymore. Can we please spare our beloved Ravens the mistaken impression that we want the old Colts back? Ravens Nation has moved on and is fully behind OUR team, The Baltimore RAVENS. Can we give our Ravens some love here? Pretty please?
Mike Preston: Joe, I understand, but can we please get rid of the Ravens Nation bit? It's corny. I'd prefer not to read any of those old Colts leaving town stories as well. All the media outlets in town have run those story lines into the ground. I heard a couple of the old broadcasters in Cleveland talking about the old Browns/Ravens situation over the weekend, and that plucked my nerves as well. It's over folks and time to move on. I'll forward your request to the powers that be at The Sun, but I'm just a mild mannered sports columnist who never has an opinion (wink, wink).