* The Detroit News' Josh Katzenstein believes the Ravens are the perfect opponent for the struggling Lions on Monday Night Football.
Timing is everything in the NFL, and the Lions couldn't have picked a better time for the Ravens to come to Detroit for "Monday Night Football." It’s a stage that gives the Lions an opportunity to impress a national audience against a Baltimore team that hardly resembles last year's Super Bowl champion.
It was less than five months ago when Pitta dislocated his hip on the first contact practice of training camp. Ravens coach John Harbaugh originally declared Pitta out for the season, and Pitta actually feared the worst.
This is why Sunday's 29-26 win against the Minnesota Vikings was the perfect time for Pitta's first game back. It was an unbelievable game for an unbelievable return.
Looking to add to Monday's atmosphere, the Lions are promoting a "Blue Out." Fans attending the game are encouraged to wear blue apparel.* On the Shutdown Corner blog, Yahoo Sports' Eric Edholm talks about the Ravens' win over Minnesota and its effect on the AFC playoff picture.
The defending-champion Ravens currently sit in the sixth spot at 7-6. Anyone want to face Joe Flacco and the suddenly hot Ravens in the playoffs?
* CBSSports.com's Will Brinson shares his thoughts on why the Ravens-Patriots game in Week 16 was flexed from Sunday night to its current 4:25 p.m. start.
Rookie head coaches Chip Kelly and Marc Trestman have the Eagles and Bears on the brink of making the postseason. And they'll have a critical matchup in prime-time in Week 16 as the NFL flexed that game into Sunday night. ... The flex decision is a little surprising from a star power standpoint, but Bears-Eagles should provide plenty of offensive fireworks for folks watching at home.
NFL power rankings roundup
* CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco puts the Ravens at No. 13, up one spot from last week.
The schedule is brutal in the final three weeks, starting this week in Detroit. They will earn it if they get into the playoffs.
* The Ravens stay at No. 14 this week on ESPN.com.
Baltimore has a tough schedule to finish the year, with road games in Detroit and Cincinnati around hosting the Patriots. The last AFC wild-card spot is no given.
* Hensley explains the Ravens' spot on ESPN.com.
The Baltimore Ravens (7-6) didn't move up despite winning their third straight game, marking their longest winning streak of the season. The Ravens had climbed six spots after beating the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers. While their finish against the Minnesota Vikings was historic, it wasn't good enough to budge the Ravens from the No. 14 spot.
* ProFootballTalk lists the Ravens at No. 11, three spots higher than last week.