Don’t count the Baltimore Ravens out


After the Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football, the Ravens playoff chances are starting to look even slimmer. If Cincy would have lost the game, then Baltimore could have relied on a couple of scenarios in order for them to make the playoffs. With the win, the Baltimore Ravens only have one route: Win at home against Cleveland and hope that the 8-7 Kansas City Chiefs can knock off the 9-6 San Diego Chargers in Arrowhead.

Though many people will say that this could be a pretty easy game for San Diego due to the fact that the Chiefs are already eliminated from playoff contention and have nothing to play for, that is the furthest thing from the truth.

First off, we all know that division games are never easy. We have seen that with the Ravens when they have played the Cleveland Browns in their bad days. Though the Ravens won all their matchups, almost all of those games came down to the wire.

Another example of this comes between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets. Although the Patriots are always the vastly superior team, the Jets always find a way to make it tough on them. These are just a couple of the many examples.

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  • Not only are the Chiefs a divisional opponent, but they are also a tough team to beat. They were in playoff contention just a week ago, so it’s not like this team is a slouch. And finally, the Chargers will have to travel to Kansas City and play in their house.

    Their home record this year is 5-2, and those fans have proven in the past that Arrowhead is one of he toughest venues for opposing teams to play in. Don’t overlook the Chiefs, or you will suffer the consequences.

    I am not suggesting that San Diego is going to lose this game, but the way people are talking about it, the Ravens have no shot at making the playoffs. Considering that the Ravens will be going up against an undrafted third-string rookie quarterback in Connor Shaw at M&T Bank Stadium (unlike last week), they should be able to pull out the win against the Browns.

    However, you never want to rely on other teams to do some dirty work for you. Everyone likes to control their own destiny, and unfortunately the Ravens do not at this point. I guess the Ravens are just going to have to do it the hard way as always.

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