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Ravens Links Playoff Chances Higher Than You’d Think

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ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight playoff simulator says that the Ravens have a 9% chance at the playoffs, while numberFire’s says that they have a 0.6% chance. Justin Forsett is expected to take a larger role in the offense. Kamar Aiken may be more effective replacing Steve Smith than you would think. Dennis Pitta will miss the rest of the season.

Ravens Have a 9% Chance at Playoffs According to FiveThirtyEight

The Ravens still have a 9% chance at making the playoffs according to their calculations. Jamison Hensley adds that they have lower odds at making the playoffs than you do of making into Duke University. While that may not have sounded high at the beginning of the season, it certainly is for a team that sits at 2-6 at the midway point of the season.

Ravens Have a 0.6% Chance at Playoffs According to numberFire

This sounds closer. The folks at numberFire crunched the numbers, and they have a much lower chance for the Ravens to make the playoffs. Here are some other key projections:

Projected Record: 5.22 – 10.78 (Change: -0.02 wins)
No. 1 Pick: 7.24% (Change: 1.42%)
Playoffs: 0.6% (Change: -0.08%)
Power Rankings: 22 (Last Week: 23)

Forsett to play a larger role in Ravens offense down the stretch

Justin Forsett hasn’t had as big of a role in the Ravens offense this season as he did last year. Clifton Brown says that is ready to change. Steve Smith is out for the year, and Marc Trestman may be more inclined to call plays that target Justin Forsett, both in the passing and running game.

Can Kamar Aiken Replace Steve Smith’s Production in Baltimore?

I’m sure that I don’t need to tell you this, but losing Steve Smith was a huge blow to the Ravens’ passing attack. Joseph Juan of numberFire looks to see whether the Ravens will be able to even come close to replacing his production, specifically looking at Kamar Aiken. He may be able to do that. In terms of receiving efficiency, the two are pretty close.

Pitta makes decision about season after meeting with doctors

Dennis Pitta has made a decision about this season with the Ravens. He won’t play in 2015. John Harbaugh confirmed that Pitta will be placed on injured reserve.

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