Coming into Week 11, the Baltimore Ravens had lost three straight, starting quarterback Joe Flacco’s immediate future was uncertain with an injured hip and a postseason berth appeared to be slipping out of the team’s grasp.
Facing those challenges, the Ravens (5-5), led by rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson, came up with big 24-21 win over division rival Cincinnati.
The win not only ended the Ravens’ losing streak, but it got the team back to .500 and put them in the always important “if the season ended today” spot as the sixth and final team in the AFC playoff picture.
It’s a traffic jam in the AFC with five teams (Baltimore, Tennessee, Miami, Cincinnati, Indianapolis) currently sitting at 5-5.
The Ravens hold the tiebreaker by way of head-to-head matchups and win percentage in division games. With four of their final six games against teams with losing records, on paper, the schedule sets up favorably for the Ravens to pick up some quality win as they fight for postseason position.
The home stretch will begin next week when the Raiders come to town. The Ravens have to avoid a letdown against the one-win Oakland team. The playoffs are depending on it.
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