Despite the Ravens' current position outside the AFC Wild Card, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce believes they have the talent to make a run this season.
"Y'all know both of y'all have the squad to make a run at it though," Kelce told "Truss Levelz" podcast hosts Mark Ingram II and Cam Jordan. "And that's the thing, if you know you've got the squad to make a run, that's half the battle right there. The other half is staying healthy and making plays, man."
Despite a talented roster capable of making a deep run in the postseason, the Ravens have yet to win a playoff game the past two seasons. Now, Lamar Jackson and company are in jeopardy of missing the playoffs if their AFC rivals don't lose in the final four weeks.
Still, with talented players like Jackson, Ingram, Marquise "Hollywood" Brown, Marlon Humphrey, and Calais Campbell on both sides of the ball, anything can happen in an elimination game -- especially during such a crazy season like 2020 has presented.
While they may have the talent, Baltimore hasn't had the luck of fulfilling Kelce's second half of the equation. Injuries have plagued the Ravens this season, as they've lost key starters like All-Pro offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley and one of the best blocking tight ends in the sport in Nick Boyle to season-ending injuries.
Not to mention the recent coronavirus outbreak at the Ravens facility, along with several other less severe ailments to contributors, and it's easy to tell that Baltimore has had a rough go of it in recent weeks.
Even Ingram himself, who said he wants to win a Super Bowl like his father did with the Giants in 1990, has dealt with nagging injuries and placement on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
But with four weeks to go and the NFL's easiest remaining schedule, coach John Harbaugh's crew will have to uphold the remaining 25% of Kelce's Super Bowl-run blueprint, starting against the 9-3 Browns. The Ravens will have to carry some of the magic they produced against the depleted Cowboys in Week 13 and continue to make plays when it matters most.
Whether it was this flashy Jackson rushing score or the awesome Jackson-Brown touchdown connection, the Ravens have to continue to show creativity on offense if they want to make the final Wild Card spots.
If they don't, Baltimore won't get another shot at taking down Kelce's Chiefs or even Ingram's co-host in Jordan's Saints (should they represent the NFC in the Super Bowl).