Baltimore Sun sports writer Jon Meoli talks about what the Ravens need to do during the bye week to help the team get ready for a playoff push. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)
Despite not playing a football game, it was a productive Sunday for the Ravens.
Coming out of their bye, the Ravens (6-4) are now tied with the Cleveland Browns (6-4) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4) for second place in the AFC North.
The Cincinnati Bengals (6-3-1) are a half-game ahead in the ultra-tight division race following their 27-10 road victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
Cleveland dropped its game Sunday, 23-7, to the Houston Texans.
The Steelers play the Tennessee Titans (2-7) tonight and would move into second place by themselves with a win. The Ravens -- who return to action Nov. 24 at the New Orleans Saints -- have already been swept by the Bengals in the annual season series. They have split with the Steelers and have a win over the Browns, whom they conclude the regular season against at home.
If the season ended today, the Ravens would miss the playoffs. They're currently ranked behind the Miami Dolphins (6-4), who would be the No. 6 seed, in the wild-card race due to conference record. The Ravens have a 3-4 mark against AFC teams with six games to go in the regular season. The Dolphins are 5-2 against AFC opponents.