Record: 6-6, second place in AFC North Remaining schedule: vs. Minnesota Vikings (Dec. 8), at Detroit Lions (Dec. 16), vs. New England Patriots (Dec. 22), at Cincinnati Bengals (Dec. 29) Skinny: The Ravens' chances of winning the AFC North aren't dead, as they trail Cincinnati Bengals by two games in the division with four to play. But if the Bengals don't stumble at least once in the next three weeks, then the Ravens' regular-season finale won't be relevant in terms of determining the division champion. The good news for the Ravens is they're currently in possession of the sixth and final AFC playoff berth and would face the up-and-down Indianapolis Colts in the opening round of the playoffs. Their prospects of claiming the sixth seed were boosted by losses from the San Diego Chargers, New York Jets and Tennessee Titans on Sunday. The Ravens own a tiebreaker advantage over the Miami Dolphins (6-6) by virtue of a head-to-head victory on the road the first week of October. Although the Ravens face the last-place Vikings (3-8-1) on Sunday at home, they have difficult games against the NFC North-leading Detroit Lions (7-5) and the AFC East-leading New England Patriots (9-3) before their regular-season finale in Cincinnati.
Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun