Five Things We Learned from the Ravens' 19-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers
Baltimore Sun reporter Childs Walker analyzes the Ravens after their Week 6 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
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5. The mediocrity of the AFC North might prove the Ravens' greatest ally( Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun / October 13, 2013 )
Hey, no matter how much the Ravens have driven you crazy, they're only a game out in the AFC North as the season begins to take shape.
Cincinnati, the consensus preseason pick, squeaked out an overtime win in Buffalo on Sunday. But at 4-2, the Bengals have hardly overwhelmed anyone. Like the Ravens, they have an inconsistent offense to go with one of the better defenses in the league.
The Cleveland Browns put together a nice three-game winning streak, but they¿ve been outscored on the season and are playing without Brian Hoyer, the quarterback who briefly gave them hope.
The Pittsburgh Steelers look the weakest they have in decades.
The Ravens of two or three years ago would have run away from this group. But as this year's team sorts through various troubles, there is no vintage rival to run away from it. If the Ravens manage road wins against the Steelers and Browns before coming home to face the Bengals on November 10, they'll be in fine shape headed for the stretch run.
If they can't win at least two of their next three against a diminished division, they don't deserve to go to the playoffs anyway.