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Banks gives his views on the Ravens chances and others...

 

1. Baltimore (7-6): 50 percent shot of qualifying -- All in all, it was a great Week 14 for the Ravens. The Steelers lost, the Jaguars lost, the Broncos lost, and John Harbaugh's club improved to a strong 6-4 in the AFC by beating the Lions senseless, 48-3, in the rain at Baltimore. The Ravens likely have to win out to make the playoffs, but they own the most conducive schedule for that among the top four wild-card contenders, with three losing teams remaining: home against Chicago (5-8), at Pittsburgh (6-7), and at Oakland (4-8). True, at the Steelers will be no gimme, but winning that game doesn't sound as daunting as it once did for the Ravens.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/don_banks/12/13/snaps.week.14/index.html

 

I don't think the Colts will rest too many players Thursday night...home field advantage is at stake. So the Jags will go down.

 

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We need every advantage over the Colts as possible in the playoffs..

 

Hey dc, the Mrs and I went to a party. holloween time, and the Jags were in their bye week, and Jeremy Navarre was there, we shot the bs with him, at the time he was on Jax practice squad, he has been called up to the big squad..

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Jax also plays New England, so don't get too down if Indy decides to rest their players.

 

Denver also only needs to lose once. They play Philly in two weeks.

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Jax also plays New England, so don't get too down if Indy decides to rest their players.

 

Denver also only needs to lose once. They play Philly in two weeks.

Great point, and I still think Indy could take them out with some of the starters out, all they need to do is keep Peyton in. It is too bad this game is on a short week because otherwise I really don't think they would rest anyone.

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Like it or not, Ravens fans should be thankful of the Colts.

 

Indianapolis (13-0), which has clinched home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs, will play their starters in Thursday’s game at Jacksonville even though the Colts have nothing to gain.

 

This works in the favor of the Ravens, who need the Jaguars to lose. Although the Ravens and Jacksonville are both 7-6, the Jaguars have a slight edge because their AFC record (6-3) is slightly better than the Ravens’ 6-4 conference mark.

 

“We’re going to play ball and approach it like we do every week,” Colts coach Jim Caldwell said at his Monday news conference. “The only thing that will deter anyone from playing time is a health issue.”

 

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/blog/2009/12/colts_are_actually_helping_out_ravens.html

 

So as long as Manning is standing upright, the Colts should take care of the Jags.

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What if the Pats lose a game and don't win their division?

The Ravens would be out....right?

Yes, but Miami closes @Tenn, Houston and Pittsburgh. That's tough.

The Jets also have Atlanta, @Indy, Cincinnati. That could be tough...As we just saw Caldwell looks like he's going to play his starters and we just have to hope Cincy has a reason to play in week 17.

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The Jets have a terrible division record so there is no danger of them bumping New England into the WC picture if the Pats lose once. Miami can at worst tie the Pats in division record so they are the ones we need to be concerned about. Hopefully they lose their next two and we don't have to worry about them.

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Don't forget as well that the Jags are only ahead of us because of the Conference record... right now they are half a game ahead. If they lose to the Colts, we tie in Conf schedule and we move down the tiebreak list (and I'm not sure who wins as we move down it).

 

If we lose to Pitt, we get the bump again... but if they lose to NE, same thing.

 

Just because Jax owns the tie-break today does not mean they will own it after Week 17.

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As I posted back in the other thread, the only way NE can finish 10-6 and lose the division is if their 1 loss is as Buffalo. Otherwise, They will still win the tiebreaker against Miami by record in common games. And even if that is what transpires, we would win a tiebreaker with NE as long as the Jets win out or as long as Denver is also tied with us (if they lose to Philly and beat KC and Oakland, most likely). Since we beat Denver and Denver beat NE, the head-to-head tiebreaker does not apply. The 3-team toe would go to conference record, which would eliminate NE since they would be 7-5 vs. 8-4 for both us and Denver. The tie between us and Denver would then revert to the beginning of the tiebreaker list, which would put us in due to our win over Denver. If the Jets also tie us in that case, they would be eliminated with NE on conference record.

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Hell with that 6th seed..Im after the 5th seed!! Look out Denver ya scrubs.

 

Dont count us out of winning the AFCN..Dont forget we are talking Cinncy with the lead, and the shirts are getting a little tight around the collar. And they just lost their safety for the remainder of the regular season.

 

And Palmer is resembling Boller.

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who would the Colts like to keep out of the playoffs? The Jags who always play them tough or the Ravens who Manning owns right now. Hopefully the Colts want to put a division rival out of the playoffs, and then the Ravens go to Indy during the 2nd round of the playoffs and find some magical football fairy dust.

 

If Ravens make 6th seed, we'd probably have to play at Cincy, then Indy during the playoffs.

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Soooooooo, the way Im getting this, when our old rooting interest takes down Jacksonville Thursday, we will have the 6th seed by 1/2 game.

 

 

Getting a little greedy arent you, Crav ? Two weeks ago- after the Packer beatdown - you were gloom and doom and talking playoffs !!!! ? (al la Jim Mora).

 

We have been a .500 team most of the year. How about we go 1 team/week at a time ?

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