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  1. #1
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    Arrow AFC Team Rankings - Week 11



    INTRODUCTION:

    The top six rankings are CURRENT projected playoff seeds. Below the rankings, followed by comments, you will find my assessment of what needs to happen for the Baltimore Ravens to clinch a playoff berth (despite their current projection as a division winner) .

    1. Houston Texans (8-1)
    2. New England Patriots (6-3)
    3. Denver Broncos (6-3)
    4. Baltimore Ravens (7-2)
    5. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3)
    6. Indianapolis Irsays (6-3)
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    7. San Diego Chargers (4-5)
    8. Cincinnati Bengals (4-5)
    9. Buffalo Bills (4-6)
    10. Miami Dolphins (4-6)
    11. New York Jets (3-6)
    12. Cleveland Browns (2-7)
    13. Tennessee Titans (4-6)
    14. Oakland Raiders (3-6)
    15. Kansas City Chiefs (1-8)
    16. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8)
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    Simplest formula for Ravens to capture a playoff seed:

    1. Win ONE of the two games against Pittsburgh (road, home).
    2. At home, beat Denver OR New York Giants.
    3. On the road, beat San Diego OR Washington OR Cincinnati.

    Following the formula will guarantee them finishing at least 10-6 which should be enough to make it in. The team's performance (players and coaches) against the Browns and Raiders have demonstrated that they are a much improved team over the one that faced the Texans. The big question is will they remain a legitimate contender when facing such contenders again. We will all soon find out. (By currently ranking them fourth, obviously I believe that they will.)

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    Last edited by Corvus Corax; 11-18-2012 at 05:14 AM. Reason: minor rephrasing




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    Once again, you've got us behind teams with worse records, including one who we hold the head to head tie breaker AND a one game lead on.

    Bull.
    My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging. -Hank Aaron




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    Re: AFC Team Rankings - Week 11

    The simplest from a Ravens perspective is win the next two and have other results go your way and they'll be in. Even better, win the next three and if the Browns do us a favour, we're in as AFC North champions. Even if they don't, an extra one win out of the last four would be sufficient. Sorted.

    The Ravens have a very real chance of claiming homefield advantage yet - the Ravens may be favourites for the next seven games. Yes, some tough ones in there, no doubt, but certainly winnable ones. Tiebreaker over Patriots is done and dusted, so we essentially are 1.5 games up on them. Broncos do have an easy run in, but they still have to go to the Vault - Ravens do what they do best (win at home) and that's another tiebreaker in the bag which could have the Ravens 2.5 games if they win out with a further two to play after Denver.

    In case no-one's noticed, after the Texans bye (home vs Jacksonville), they've got a three game road trip - at Detroit on a short week, away at Titans - a divisional opponent before having to travel to Gillette Stadium in December. They're likely to lose at least one of those - very rare that someone wins all three road games back to back (if they do manage it, then the best of plaudits). That's not including their near double header vs the Colts yet (a place where the Texans still have never won at. True, this may be their best shot).

    We take care of business and we're really sitting pretty.




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