So much for all the experts during the preseason warning that
’s string of postseason appearances was in serious danger this year. The
would have to secede from the
to miss the playoffs now, but the focus will soon shift to how well they can position themselves for a real
The way it looks at the moment, they could easily end up in the same situation as last year, getting a first-round bye and looking at a playoff road that would start at home and end up going through (ugh!) Houston. But there is almost a third of the season left to play and a lot can – and will – happen between now and then.
The Ravens’ late-season schedule, meanwhile, is looking more and more difficult as the
It’s going to be hard enough to hold off the Patriots, who somehow ended up with a much easier schedule than the Ravens despite finishing above them last year. The scheduling computer must have discounted the
While the Ravens play the
The Ravens hold a one-game lead over the Patriots and own the head-to-head tiebreaker, so they would have to cede two games to them over the last five weeks to fall behind them in the conference seedings. That could happen, but with three of the Ravens remaining five games at home, it probably won't.
Perhaps more problematic are the Broncos, who have a relatively soft schedule the rest of the way and could come into M&T Bank Stadium on Dec. 16 with a chance to overtake the Ravens with a victory. The Ravens haven’t lost at home in a long time, but the prospect of facing