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Ravens news, notes and opinions on playoff scenarios, Jeremy Maclin and pass coverage

Ravens news, notes and opinions on playoff scenarios, Jeremy Maclin and pass coverage

There have been a lot of questions about why the Buffalo Bills (7-6) currently occupy the sixth and final AFC playoff spot when, in fact, the currently seventh-seeded Ravens (7-6) would get that spot if both teams win the rest of their regular-season games and finish 10-6. Here’s the answer:

The first tiebreaking criterion for deciding a two-way tie for the final wild-card spot is head-to-head play. The Ravens and Bills don’t play this year, so we move on to the second one, which is winning percentage in conference games. If both the Ravens and Bills win out, they’d finish with identical 8-4 conference records, so that’s a wash as well.

The third tiebreaker is record against...

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