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Preston: Coming close Sunday just put the Ravens further from their postseason aspirations

Preston: Coming close Sunday just put the Ravens further from their postseason aspirations

There are moral victories in the NFL, just not in December.

A young team losing a close playoff game or falling to a high-quality opponent would be a confidence-builder. And the Ravens’ loss to the New Orleans Saints in October was a tone-setter.

But the Ravens’ loss Sunday was nothing of the sort. Had they beaten the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, they would have almost guaranteed themselves a spot in the playoffs for the first time since 2014. Instead, they’re stuck in Mudville.

At least few of the players were talking about Sunday being a moral victory. Sure, some of the usual locker room cheerleaders said the team’s play against a top opponent gave them confidence,...

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