Leading the AFC North for the first time since Week 6, the Ravens (9-6) can claim the division Sunday for the first time since 2012 with a win at home Sunday in their regular-season finale over the Cleveland Browns (7-7-1) or a loss by the Steelers (8-6-1) to the visiting Cincinnati Bengals (6-9).
After a 22-10 win Saturday over the Los Angeles Chargers and the Pittsburgh Steelers’ loss Sunday to the New Orleans Saints, the Ravens (9-6) could win the AFC North and earn the No. 4 seed even without a win in Week 17 over the Cleveland Browns.
Making a change is never easy on the player. It’s even worse on the coach whose job it is to put the players on the field that gives his team the best chance of winning. It’s a difficult decision because of the relationships that we form with each player.
Maybe Jimmy Smith is being humble or would prefer that his play do his talking. Either way, the Ravens cornerback is trying to stay out of the limelight and avoid questions about his improved play in recent weeks.