Ravens trail Titans, Steelers in AFC wild-card standings

The Baltimore Sun

The Ravens remain relevant in the AFC playoff race following their 19-3 victory Sunday over the New York Jets.

While the defending Super Bowl champions don't have a winning record, they're among six teams sitting at 5-6 and in competition for the final wild-card berth.

That list includes the Tennessee Titans, Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers and Jets.

The Ravens wouldn't qualify for the playoffs if the season was over today, as they trail the Titans and Steelers heading into Thursday night's rematch against Pittsburgh.

Under the NFL playoff tiebreaker procedures, the Titans rank ahead of the Steelers, Jets and Chargers due to head-to-head victories over each team.

The Steelers have already earned one victory over the Ravens. They haven't swept the Ravens in the annual season series since the 2008 season.

The Ravens are 4-1 at home this season heading into a Thanksgiving game that shapes up as the latest crucial game between the traditional rivals.

The Ravens hold tiebreaker edges over the Dolphins and the Jets due to head-to-head wins. And their 5-4 conference record is superior to the Chargers (3-5) and Jets (2-6).

The Ravens know they have to stack some wins in order to qualify for the playoffs for the sixth consecutive year under coach John Harbaugh.

"We’ve dropped some tough ones, and because of those losses, we’re in a place now where every game counts even more," wide receiver Torrey Smith said. "We gave ourselves a chance to live another day, and now we have to go out and win on Thanksgiving.”


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