AFC playoff picture: Ravens hold on to the sixth playoff spot

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The Ravens’ Monday night win over the Texans allowed Baltimore to hold onto the sixth and final playoff spot in the AFC.

If the playoffs started today, Baltimore would visit Tennessee in a wild-card game, while Jacksonville would visit Kansas City. Pittsburgh and New England would get the two byes.

Here’s how the playoff race looks through Week 12:

LEADERS
1. Steelers (9-2): Pittsburgh has the tiebreaker over New England based on a better conference record.

2. Patriots (9-2): New England’s December 17 game at Pittsburgh is shaping up to be the game of the year.

3. Titans (7-4): The Week 17 date with the Jaguars could decide the AFC South. Could a Jaguars-Titans game really get flexed into prime time?

4. Chiefs (6-5): Kansas City has stumbled mightily after a hot start, and the Chargers are hot on the Chiefs’ tails.

5. Jaguars (7-4): Is America ready for the Jaguars in the playoffs? Because they’re a near-lock to make it.

6. Ravens (6-5): Joe Flacco isn’t playing well, but Baltimore’s defense is, and that may be enough.

OUTSIDE LOOKING IN
7. Bills (6-5): Can the Bills make the playoffs for the first time this century?

8. Bengals (5-6): Cincinnati is moving up in the AFC standings after a slow start.

9. Chargers (5-6): Los Angeles may get a home playoff game in its tiny stadium.

10. Raiders (5-6): Only a game behind the Chiefs despite a very disappointing start.

11. Jets (4-7): After a surprisingly strong start, the Jets are turning into the team everyone thought they were.

12. Dolphins (4-7): Dueling with the Jets for last place.

13. Texans (4-7): They’d be the best team in the AFC South if Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt were healthy.

14. Colts (3-8): If only Andrew Luck had been healthy.

15. Broncos (3-8): Denver may be the biggest disappointment in the league.

16. Browns (0-11): The only AFC team to be mathematically eliminated.

53 responses to “AFC playoff picture: Ravens hold on to the sixth playoff spot

  1. exinsidetrader says:
    November 28, 2017 at 6:43 am

    AFC is garbage save for the Patriots and Steelers at home.
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    Yet somehow they AFC owns the NFC in the last 3 SB’s. I know not from where this myth about the NFC being the stronger conference emanates. Aside form Philly, which will eventually be exposed, who are these mighty teams we should fear? Carolina beat NE on the merits of consecutive sketchy flags and even with that much help, just barely won.

  2. razzlejag says:
    November 28, 2017 at 6:21 am
    If only Andrew Luck was healthy? You mean if only Chuck Pagano was gone and Andrew Luck was healthy.

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    And there was a line protecting Luck so he doesnt get killed again.

  3. The Broncos certainly are the biggest disappointment in the league. Champions a little more then a year and a half ago, it’s almost like they fell off a cliff. Losing Manning to retirement was a factor, but losing their swagger was the biggest factor.

  4. AFC is weak. There’s about 5 teams in the NFL that I think can give the Pats a fair matchup in the post season….. 4 of which are in the NFC.

    Please for the love of sports don’t let Brady get to his 8th super bowl

  5. Tired of the hype around the Steelers. We understand that there are more analysts than hours in the day conversing the NFL and hyping everything. It’s a nice thought that week 15 holds implications.
    But there is no real threat a team who snuck by an injured packers team is going to BEAT New England. Much less again in January.
    They have not jmproved greatly since getting blown out last January.

    If New England wins this year, can we stop calling it a rivalry?

  6. If you’re not a fan of a team rated 3-6, then there would be no reason to watch the opening weekend of AFC playoffs. It’s hard for me to remember a year when one conference was so much deeper than the other.

  7. The 9-7 Giants won the Super Bowl in 2011… With all the parity in today’s NFL, I don’t know why everyone is making such a big deal out of a 9-7 team getting into the playoffs. They can win it all too.

  8. Hey in today’s National Mediocrity League, everyone needs to feel like they have a chance (unless you’re the Browns). So all this talk about who’s good and who’s not doesn’t matter. You don’t have to be good to win. Otherwise teams like the Ravens and Giants, that Steelers team in 05, etc. wouldn’t have won super bowls. In the AFC you just have to hope other teams suck a little less and eventually you’re fortunate enough to catch the Patriots on a bad day or get very lucky in the playoffs.

  9. Besides the return of Jesus, and swarms of locusts wiping out 31 other teams, is there anything that Adam Gase can whisper to his quarterbacks to help the Dolphins make the playoffs?
    He is a genius, after all.
    Just ask Chippy, and the other 8 Dolphin fans.

  10. wib22 says:
    November 28, 2017 at 8:51 am
    Ravens are the only team that go into foxborough and win this year.

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    Delusional. Do you even watch Baltimore play? They struggled with TOm Savage and a dismantled Texans team at home.

  11. eroschmidt says:
    November 28, 2017 at 8:52 am
    9-7 will grab the last playoff spot – maybe even 8-8.

    4 0 Rate This

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    Yep. And, in the divisional rd, that kind of a team will be blown off the field for even worse ratings the NFL has never seen in its history.

  12. flakeybiscuits says:
    November 28, 2017 at 9:13 am
    AFC is weak. There’s about 5 teams in the NFL that I think can give the Pats a fair matchup in the post season….. 4 of which are in the NFC.

    Please for the love of sports don’t let Brady get to his 8th super bowl

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    LOL

    See, this is it right here……6 jealous owners on the front lines of Goodell’s office at 345 Park Ave, is exactly why they create faux scandals to cheat the Pats, not even caring if they’re caught lying about it.

    You are their target audience. You and other creepy Millennials or angry middle aged people who don’t put the responsibility of your crappy or mediocre owner, GM and/or Coach in their respective laps. Instead, you lash out and try to hop on the hate bandwagon, using ulterior motives to try to cheat my team off the field.

    They’re probably having a conference call right now about the next way they can create a faux scandal or some kind of a distraction to hope to cheat the Pats, to satisfy fans like you.

    It’s a form of mental illness. You people are sort of like the terrorists. Don’t take any responsibility, use an old excuse as to why you’re a victim, and then go behind the scenes trying make people miserable. lol

    Been going on for a decade, but the truth is, if you can’t beat them legitimately on the field, that’s YOUR problem.

  13. LEADERS
    1. Steelers (9-2): Pittsburgh has the tiebreaker over New England based on a better conference record.
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    Both have one loss in the Conference. The tie-breaker will come down to when these teams play in three weeks.

  14. Yep. And, in the divisional rd, that kind of a team will be blown off the field for even worse ratings the NFL has never seen in its history.

    2 1 Rate This

    ****

    Worse than tebow vs new england?

  15. wib22 says:
    November 28, 2017 at 11:14 am
    Yep. And, in the divisional rd, that kind of a team will be blown off the field for even worse ratings the NFL has never seen in its history.

    2 1 Rate This

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    Worse than tebow vs new england?

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    Not sure about worse, but something in that ballpark, yes.

    Wild card weekend will showcase very crappy games and whoever wins that rd, will get smoked by the very few good teams in each conference.

    The fact I know this and a good gambler would know this, is bad news for Goodell.

    Anyone notice something fishy this past Sunday? They moved certain games last minute AND the Saints and Rams played their game on CBS, not Fox.

    Hmmm.

    A little bit of desperation and experimentation by Goodell, is it?

    Ratings simply tumbling due to Goodell’s obvious cheating behind the scenes. Everyone with half a brain, knows it.

    An epic failure.

    Fact: The NFL, in its entire history has never seen plummetting ratings. They went flat a handful of times, but never a dip like this.

  16. wib22 says:
    November 28, 2017 at 8:51 am
    Ravens are the only team that go into foxborough and win this year.

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    The Ravens are 2-2 in the playoffs against the Patriots in the Bill Belichick and Tom Brady era. All of the games were in Foxborough and very close.

  17. “Colts (3-8): If only Andrew Luck had been healthy.”

    If only Luck had been healthy they would still be a marshmelloy soft team and might have been 4-7 instead of 3-8

  18. I am glad the playoffs don’t start today. Jags, Chiefs, Ravens? Yuck. Maybe someone can pass one or more of those floundering teams, so we might have more interesting first round games to decide who gets to lose to N.E. and Pitt.

  19. Luck was never going to play this year. All the talk about him only being out for the first couple weeks was a ploy by Irsay to avoid losing money in ticket sales. Maybe a class action lawsuit would finally put that dufus in his place.

  20. 3. Titans (7-4): The Week 17 date with the Jaguars could decide the AFC South. Could a Jaguars-Titans game really get flexed into prime time?

    I asked this before. Is there a prime time game in week 17? The schedule doesn’t show one. It is NYE. Is there an open slot for a Sunday night kickoff? It would seem there would be a game on the schedule. There isn’t.

  21. jason9696 says:
    November 28, 2017 at 11:44 am
    wib22 says:
    November 28, 2017 at 8:51 am
    Ravens are the only team that go into foxborough and win this year.

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    The Ravens are 2-2 in the playoffs against the Patriots in the Bill Belichick and Tom Brady era. All of the games were in Foxborough and very close.

    3 1 Rate This

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    Laughable.

    That was when Baltimore was at their peak and NE was rebuilding on the fly.

    Are you serious here? Since Flacco had leverage on Newsome and buried that franchise, with Reed and Lewis gone, they’ve been in a very long and drawn out cap hell and fade since that time.

    They’re built poorly, out of date, have no WRs anyone cares about, a thin RB group, an old QB who can’t move, and and weak OL.

    The Pats would drop 30 on them as easy as they would on Pitt.

  22. Lemmy Aksyadis says:
    November 28, 2017 at 8:15 am
    exinsidetrader says:
    November 28, 2017 at 6:43 am

    AFC is garbage save for the Patriots and Steelers at home.
    =
    Yet somehow they AFC owns the NFC in the last 3 SB’s. I know not from where this myth about the NFC being the stronger conference emanates. Aside form Philly, which will eventually be exposed, who are these mighty teams we should fear? Carolina beat NE on the merits of consecutive sketchy flags and even with that much help, just barely won.
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    Reading comprehension isn’t your strong suit, is it? Just because the AFC won the Super Bowl three years in a row doesn’t make the AFC a stronger conference overall. You know that you can have the best team in the NFL in one conference with a bunch of other crappy teams?

  23. gmen05 says:
    November 28, 2017 at 12:54 pm
    Lemmy Aksyadis says:
    November 28, 2017 at 8:15 am
    exinsidetrader says:
    November 28, 2017 at 6:43 am

    AFC is garbage save for the Patriots and Steelers at home.
    =
    Yet somehow they AFC owns the NFC in the last 3 SB’s. I know not from where this myth about the NFC being the stronger conference emanates. Aside form Philly, which will eventually be exposed, who are these mighty teams we should fear? Carolina beat NE on the merits of consecutive sketchy flags and even with that much help, just barely won.
    _____________________________
    Reading comprehension isn’t your strong suit, is it? Just because the AFC won the Super Bowl three years in a row doesn’t make the AFC a stronger conference overall. You know that you can have the best team in the NFL in one conference with a bunch of other crappy teams?

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    OK, so what is it exactly that makes you believe the NFC is a stronger division than the AFC? Do you have any empirical proof of that?

  24. mzew233 says:
    November 28, 2017 at 9:28 am
    If New England wins this year, can we stop calling it a rivalry?
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    Belichicks patriots are 10-3 vs the steelers, you can stop calling it a rivalry right now.

  25. “What a joke the AFC is. Two, maybe three good teams in the entire conference.”

    Not much better in the NFC this year, maybe 5 of the 16 teams are good. And your Gmen ain’t one of them.

    “Belichicks patriots are 10-3 vs the steelers”

    Actually its 10-2 at the moment with Brady and Belichick. If there’s another loss it came in 2000 with Bledsoe at the helm.

  26. If someone could just tell Flacco that this week is a playoff game..and next week and next week. Joe plays well in big games. Sadly he doesn’t realize that EVERY game is a big game.

  27. 8to80texansblog says:
    November 28, 2017 at 1:59 pm
    Tom Savage is terrible.

    That it is all.

    3 1 Rate This

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    How man y batted balls did he have? 8?

    lmao

    I mean, between that and his lack of pocket awareness and feel for the position,

    He either goes to his first read with an incompletion, gets lucky and somehow makes a completion vs bad defense, or immediately checks down.

    Rinse and repeat.

  28. joeytorontosucks says:
    November 28, 2017 at 7:55 am
    AFC has been average for the last 15 years. Steelers are decent, whatever team Peyton Manning played for, and the Pats.

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    The AFC has a .521 record against the NFC in the last 15 years.

    The following teams have a winning record against the NFC during that time:

    New England Patriots 0.797
    Pittsburgh Steelers 0.68
    Indianapolis Colts 0.625
    Denver Broncos 0.603
    Baltimore Ravens 0.571
    Tennessee Titans 0.59
    Cincinnati Bengals 0.598
    Kansas City Chiefs 0.531
    San Diego Chargers / Los Angeles Chargers 0.524

    The following NFC teams have a winning record against the AFC in that time:

    Philadelphia Eagles 0.579
    Atlanta Falcons 0.555
    Dallas Cowboys 0.556
    Green Bay Packers 0.54
    Carolina Panthers 0.523
    New York Giants 0.524
    Seattle Seahawks 0.524
    New Orleans Saints 0.508
    Chicago Bears 0.516

    It’s pretty clear the AFC has been the more dominant conference over the last 15 years and it wasn’t just the Patriots, Steelers, Colts/Denver when Manning was there.

    the NFC had some dominant years in there for sure. 2009-2013 for sure.

  29. Ravens(2000) went four games without scoring a TD and won the Super Bowl Ravens(2012) lost 4 out of their last 5 games and won the Super Bowl and never had a good passing offense or sexy regular season team. But when it comes to playoffs they “change” I can explain it but they just do.

  30. Martavius Bryant is the king of drops and you got some rookie who’s had one good game who seems to spend more time practicing for end zone celebrations than anything else, and then you got this worthless cheer-leader coach. I repeat myself, but this is an arrogant undisciplined team that is very very hard to root for.

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