The time has come. The entire NFL breaks down every possible scenario that would place their team in the Playoffs. Few teams know for sure that their team is just plain awful and have no possible playoff hope this year, or many years to come. (i.e. the Browns). The fact is that 21 of the 32 teams still have a shot at the playoffs and as the weeks go on, this number continues to slim.
This year the Ravens will make the playoffs for the 4th straight year under Coach John Harbaugh. #1 seed and Home-field advantage is what every team going to the playoffs want.
For the Ravens this “want” is pretty simple. Win out. That’s all there is to it. The combined records of the upcoming teams being 17-22, it doesn’t seem like there is much to it. We will see Sunday Night against the Chargers which Ravens team shows up to play on the big stage, Sunday Night Football.
Once we get to the playoffs, the Ravens can truly beat any team as long as we are at home. Our Ravens play so much different at home. There is so much more inspiration and passion. And a home playoff game at M&T… the place would be ROCKING!
At home or on the road, no team is better than us in the AFC. Who could beat us when we are playing our best ball? Nobody.
Here are the teams who are in the Playoffs if the season ended today.
Houston holds the number one seed currently, and would have a first round bye.
I would have absolutely NO concern about seeing the Texans in the playoffs even if we have to play them at their home. QB T.J Yates can only win for so long. He hasn’t played an established defense like the Ravens’ yet. IF he saw Suggs, Ray-Ray and Ngata in his face all day, he would be scared silly. Not to mention Ed Reed watching him like a spy.
New England currently holds the number three seed.
Everybody says that New England is such a great team. The fact of the matter is they aren’t. First of all their defense simply cannot play football. They gave up at least 24 points to the Dolphins, Redskins, and Colts. And with “pretty princess Tom Brady more than doubling his amount of turnovers this year, an aggressive Ravens defense would be sending him crying to his friends. (The officials, of course)
Denver currently holds the number four seed.
Oh, Denver. We all know that if it weren’t for your recent Tebow-mania you would almost never be on NFL Network.
Sure Denver is 7-1 in their last eight games and Tim Tebow has certainly lit a spark in Denver. By the way if you don’t know who this “Tebow” guy is, just turn on your local sports network and his face will be on in the matter of 5 minutes, guaranteed. But seriously, if it weren’t for Kicker Matt Prater they probably wouldn’t even be in the playoffs. So if a kicker is their best player, I’m almost certain the Ravens could pull of a victory.
Pittsburgh currently holds the number five seed.
I think after Thursday night’s embarrassing win against the Browns, it is clear that the Steelers are not a true playoff contender. I mean seriously, if they and “Mighty Ben” can only score 7 points in 57 minutes against the BROWNS, clearly you have a problem. Not to mention that if it weren’t for Tyler Palko being the Chiefs starting QB, they would have lost that one too. If the Squealers can hardly beat two of the league’s worst, how are they going to beat top-notch teams in the playoffs?
New York Jets:
New York currently holds the number six seed.
Assuming the Jets even get to the playoffs, they won’t go very far. Evidence that the Ravens can make this game look easy, go back to Week 4. I must have watched that game over 5 times because of how dominate our “D” played. Sanchez crumpled under the pressure of our defense and looked like he had no idea what to do. His stats showed this as well: 11-35 passing, 119 yards and an Interception. All coming out to a 30.5 passer rating, by far his lowest this season.
So seeing our Ravens in Indy on Feb. 5 is a real possibility.
Now beating the Packers when we get there, well that is a whole different story.