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Harvard analysis gives Ravens 9 percent chance of making playoffs

Harvard analysis gives Ravens 9 percent chance of making playoffs

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti and general manager Ozzie Newsome have employed scores of smart people in their organization for years, and have even had a Harvard graduate — center Matt Birk or fullback Kyle Juszczyk — on the field for many of those years. Second-year guard John Urschel is an unabashed smart person. So what happens when a Harvard analysis of each NFL team’s “core roster” gives the Ravens just a 9 percent chance to make the playoffs, ahead of only bottom feeders such as the Jacksonville Jaguars (3 percent), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3 percent), Tennessee Titans (2 percent), and Oakland Raiders (1 percent)? It appears Harvard, at the very least,...

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