Thanks to the Jets' 10-6 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday, the Ravens can take control of the fifth seed in the AFC with a win over the Texans on Monday night. The Ravens own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Jets by virtue of their Week 1 win.
Don't think getting the No. 5 seed instead of the No. 6 is a big deal? It has been a wacky year in the NFL, so that No. 5 seed could wind up with home-field advantage in the AFC title game if some upsets go down. Stranger things have happened.
However thinks shake down, I think the Ravens would prefer a trip to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs, who got trucked by the Chargers on Sunday, than playing the winner of the AFC South in the wild card round. The Jaguars, who have won five of six, are in the driver's seat in that division, but the Colts can take it if they win out. We all know the Ravens' track record against the Colts.
Of course, it would have been even better had the Bengals knocked off the Steelers, but Pittsburgh took over Sunday's game with Troy Polamalu's third career pick-six. The Ravens need a win over the Texans to stay a game behind the Steelers in the AFC North. I think they'll get it.