1) The Ravens have set themselves up as favorites to claim a wild-card spot.
This was a deceptively essential game. The Ravens could not go to 0-2 against the Lions and the Pittsburgh Steelers and expect to claim a wild-card spot. And on paper, beating the Lions at home seemed more likely than winning in Pittsburgh next weekend.
Yet the Lions presented a dangerous challenge, coming to town with big-armed quarterback Matthew Stafford and plenty to play for themselves.
No matter what misgivings you might feel about the Ravens’ big-picture direction, give them credit for responding with perhaps their best all-around effort of the season.