Ravens emerge from Week 13 action holding No. 6 seed in AFC


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Armed with the luxury of sitting back and watching the rest of the NFL’s Week 13 action play out Sunday after a 22-20 win over Pittsburgh on Thursday night, the Ravens maintained control of the No. 6 seed in the AFC.
Miami was the only other of the six 5-6 teams entering Week 13 to emerge with a victory to improve to 6-6, but the Ravens hold the tiebreaker due to their Week 5 win over the Dolphins in early October.
The bad news on Sunday came in the form of the Cincinnati Bengals’ 17-10 win over San Diego that allowed them to keep a two-game lead over the Ravens with an 8-4 record in the AFC North. However, a Bengals loss to the Chargers would have forced a three-way tie for the sixth spot in the AFC, a scenario that would have resulted in Miami winning the current tiebreaker due to a superior conference record over the Ravens and San Diego.
The Ravens will welcome the Minnesota Vikings to town next Sunday while Miami travels to Heinz Field in Pittsburgh to take on the 5-7 Steelers.
Of course, the road to the playoffs will grow much more difficult for the Ravens after that as they play three projected playoff teams to conclude the regular season — two of them coming on the road.
Here are the Week 14 games impacting the AFC playoff picture next weekend:
Minnesota (3-8-1) at Baltimore (6-6)
Indianapolis (8-4) at Cincinnati (8-4)
Oakland (4-8) at New York Jets (5-7)
Miami (6-6) at Pittsburgh (5-7)
Tennessee (5-7) at Denver (10-2)
New York Giants (4-7) at San Diego (5-7)


  1. With the Bengals’ win yesterday I have just about given up hope of the Ravens catching them for the AFC North crown. I think the Bengals win two of their next 3 games, with their only loss being to the Steelers. I think they go into the last game of the season with the Ravens at 10-5. I think the Ravens beat the Vikings but lose either to the Lions or Pats, which will leave them at 8-7 going into the final game against Cincy. With nothing to play for they rest their starters and we win getting the 6th seed in the process. JMO

  2. After that, we have a fairly tough schedule (Patriots, Lions, & Bengals) where we’ll probably need to win 2 of 3 to make it. Not so optimistic at this point.

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