Now that the Ravens' season is over following a 34-17 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, their next competitive act will be conducting a coin flip against the Dallas Cowboys at the annual NFL scouting combine.
For the first time since 2007, the Ravens will be at home when the postseason begins, their season ending with a 34-17 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. With their elimination, the Ravens become the fourth reigning Super Bowl champion in the past eight years to not make the playoffs the following season.
The Ravens (8-7) need a victory over the AFC North champion Cincinnati Bengals and a loss by either the Miami Dolphins to the New York Jets or the San Diego Chargers to the Kansas City Chiefs to make the postseason for a sixth straight year.
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Following an ugly loss to the New England Patriots, cornerback Jimmy Smith says the Ravens' focus immediately shifted toward a pivotal regular-season finale against the AFC North division champion Cincinnati Bengals. The Ravens were embarrassed, 41-7, by the Patriots on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium in the most lopsided loss in the John Harbaugh era. "We've already forgot about it," Smith said. "That's the NFL. Things like that happen. We've moved on to the Bengals."
Five days out from a game the Ravens must win to make the playoffs and salvage a frustrating season, quarterback Joe Flacco said his sprained knee is sore after Sunday's loss but that it is in much better shape than it was a week ago.
Some of the Ravens either didn't know or didn't care about all that needed to happen — at least not at that moment — for them to make the playoffs. A 34-point loss to one of your biggest rivals has a way of making everything else seem insignificant.
The Ravens' pivotal regular-season road finale against the Cincinnati Bengals remains at 1 p.m., according to the NFL. The Ravens' kickoff time was unchanged as well as the Miami Dolphins' 1 p.m. game against the New York Jets. The San Diego Chargers play the Kansas City Chiefs at 4:25 p.m. Under the NFL's flex scheduling for the final weekend of the regular season, the Dallas Cowboys-Philadelphia Eagles game will be played at 8:30 p.m. on NBC.
A 41-7 loss to the Patriots in front of an announced 71,433 at M&T Bank Stadium leaves the Ravens needing help as they head to the final week of the regular season looking to make the playoffs for a sixth straight time.
The NFL's recent spike in ACL injuries is frustrating for fans that defend football against those who claim that the sport is too dangerous. Nobody wants to see his or her favorite player — or any player, for that matter — hurt, and fans especially do not want to learn that players will be out with a preventable injury for an extended amount of time. But, are ACL injuries really preventable?
One of the most anticipated matchups in the AFC championship game in January got shelved when New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib left the game with an injured hamstring minutes into the first quarter. That prevented the Patriots from having him shadow Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith all over the field.
Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta became a relative afterthought in the passing game Monday night, an unintentional situation triggered by the Detroit Lions devoting resources to contain him. Pitta was only targeted four times and caught two passes for 24 yards during an 18-16 win over the Lions where he wasn¿t utilized in the red zone. It was one week after he caught a key touchdown pass against the Minnesota Vikings in his first game back after being activated from the injured reserve-designated to return list.
The Ravens have placed former University of Maryland tight end Matt Furstenburg on the practice squad injured reserve list, signing tight end Nathan Overbay to the practice squad to replace him. The nature of his injury wasn't immediately known.
The Ravens' road toward a potential sixth consecutive trip to the postseason just became a lot more difficult following the Miami Dolphins' upset victory today over the New England Patriots. The Ravens (7-6) now have to win Monday night's game over the Detroit Lions to maintain their tiebreaker edge over the Dolphins (8-6) for the sixth and last playoff berth in the AFC.
Though it was pretty obvious a week ago that the Ravens' visit to Detroit for a Monday Night Football matchup against the Lions presented another in a long series of "must-win" situations, the game has gotten progressively more significant as Week 15 has gone along.
Eugene Monroe is assigned the critical job each week of protecting quarterback Joe Flacco's blindside. He's graded out the highest of any Ravens offensive lineman this season and has allowed four sacks and 10 quarterback hurries in eight starts, according to Pro Football Focus.