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Ravens' playoff scenarios heading into Week 13 vs. Dolphins

Ravens' playoff scenarios heading into Week 13 vs. Dolphins

The Ravens enter their Week 13 game with the Dolphins in a position few thought possible following a four-game losing streak.

But thanks to a wild season in the AFC North, the Ravens have both righted the ship and watched the rest of the division go up in flames.

But what does the Ravens' playoff scenario look like heading into Week 13? 

Here is what we know:


The Ravens are sitting atop the AFC North with a 6-5 record having beaten the Steelers (6-5) head-to-head in Week 9 and if the playoffs began today, would be the #3 seed in the AFC.

However, it's highly unlikely that the Ravens would be a Wild Card with three non-division leading teams (KC, DEN, MIA) ahead of them in overall record and a loss to the Raiders in Week 4. That makes this week's game against the Dolphins (7-4) ultra-important.

Surprisingly enough, the Ravens actually have a 58-percent chance of missing the playoffs right now based on likely needing to win their division to make the playoffs and having a fairly tough schedule the rest of the way, according to PlayoffStatus.com.

The best-case scenario for the Ravens in Week 13 is to beat the Dolphin and have the Giants beat the Steelers and the Rams beat the Patriots, as the Ravens plays at New England in Week 14 and could jump the Patriots in the standings with a win. 

If that best-case scenario happens, the Ravens' playoff chances go from 42 percent to 61 percent. 

If the reverse occurs, the Ravens might be in trouble with only 22-percent chance of making the playoffs.

The Ravens are in a good spot right now, but with five games left on the schedule, a lot can change in just a matter of moments.


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Ravens agree to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst


Ravens agree to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst

The Ravens have their entire 2018 draft class locked up.

The team agreed to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Hurst's rookie contract - like all first-round picks - is a four-year deal with a team option of a fifth year. According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the 25th overall pick is due $11.1 million. 

The 24-year old, who was a walk on at South Carolina at 21-years old after being drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012, finished his three-year career with 100 receptions, 1,281 yards and three touchdowns.

Standing at 6-foot-3, Hurst will be a nice addition to the TE corps with Nick Boyle and third-round draft pick Mark Andrews. 

Fellow first-round pick Lamar Jackson signed his rookie contract on June 5th.

Training camp kicks off for the Ravens July 19th. 


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Ravens experimenting with getting Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson on field at same time

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Ravens experimenting with getting Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson on field at same time

Since drafting Lamar Jackson, the Ravens have made it clear that Joe Flacco is their starter. That doesn't mean they're not experimenting with having them both on the field at the same time, however. 

During this week's minicamp, the team has been lining Jackson up at multiple positions. 

"Gosh, I sure like him out there helping us," coach John Harbaugh said of Jackson during Tuesday's minicamp, via ESPN.com.

"If you put two quarterbacks on the field at once, what options does it create for our offense? That's what we're trying to figure out."

While at Louisville, Jackson rushed for 4,132 yards and 50 touchdowns in three seasons. That's more rushing yards than No. 2 overall pick Saquon Barkley. That unique skill set could be the creative options the Ravens are looking for. 

While at the NFL Combine, however, Jackson refused to workout at any other position than QB. 

"I have a lot of fun seeing what they come up with and what they're going to come up with next," Jackson said. "We'll see where it goes. You have to use your good players."

The Ravens are already viewing Jackson as one of those 'good players.' 

"Once he gets out of the pocket, it's like watching a young Michael Vick," LB C.J. Mosley said after minicamp practice. "It's amazing to watch. When you're defending him, you just have to act like you're tagging off -- you don't want to be on the highlight reel."

Harbaugh has alluded to the fact that the rookie will be active on game days, just exactly how they get the most out of him is what's in play.

"There's a lot of considerations that go into that," Harbaugh said of using two QBs at the once. "Everybody has an opinion. I've read a few. You want to find a way to get the most out of all your guys."

While Flacco isn't the fasted QB in the league, he has shown glimpses of running ability in the past. Figuring out how to utilize Flacco when Jackson is under center is where things will get interesting.

Interesting - as long as it works - is what Ravens fans have been searching for over the last several seasons. 

"Joe has to be able to do other things if [Jackson is] throwing the ball," Harbaugh said. "It gets the creative juices flowing for our offensive coaches, and they've worked hard on that."