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[News] How Week 16 Shapes AFC Playoff Picture

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Baltimore has been eliminated from a first-round bye, but certain scenarios will further affect seeding.

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going to the playoffs for the 5th straight year. gotta love it. all we have to do is get a little better and healthier and who knows what could happen.
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Getting better and healthier is two things that are almost impossible to accomplish in a span of precisely 2.5 weeks.
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we will beat the giants this week. mark my words. cinci will also beat pittsburgh which will make the week 17 game between us and cinci pointless... the wild card games will be
ravens vs colts
pats vs bungles
we and the pats will win making us go to houston and the pats to denver..
we will get payback on houston. just watch. and new will upset denver.
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basically we need to beat the Colts & Texans in order to get to the superbowl... Lets just get healthy and worry about that later
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now this i like positive stories . I would walk to houston to watch us spank them like new england did .
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RAVENS vs PAGS for round 1!
We get the ship headed in the right direction this week with a win over the Gmen and finsish strong with a quality win over a divisional foe. THis moves us into RD 1 with a very winnable game over a good yound team (colts)

That sets us up with a 3 game win streak over three quality teams and we should get healthier each week. We have a chance to turn this around is a very big way! Looks similar to what the Giants did last season!
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getting ray and ellerbe back is going to really help on the defensive side of the ball. and nobody wants joe's play to improve more than Joe. I am confident that he can turn it around.
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[quote name='edreedfor6' timestamp='1355862085' post='1269613']
we will beat the giants this week. mark my words. cinci will also beat pittsburgh which will make the week 17 game between us and cinci pointless... the wild card games will be
ravens vs colts
pats vs bungles
we and the pats will win making us go to houston and the pats to denver..
we will get payback on houston. just watch. and new will upset denver.
[/quote]That game WILL NOT be POINTLESS (if it happens that way). We'll be fighting for home game. Go Pitt, beat Cincy. Go Ravens!!! :)
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Good God...so hard to believe we were once in prime position to take the 1st seed..and after the Texans buttwhooping, still take the 2nd seed. I hate to admit, but critics of the Ravens might be right...we got lucky, and our luck streak ended. Even when Webb was in, we were still failing to separate ourselves as an elite team. Joe Flacco, you better wake up, or youll be dropped. You're playing for a contract extension, and to be frank, you arent living up to it. I say put in Tyrod Taylor if we lose against the Giants...just to see how he plays.
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We need a 3rd qb and the new one needs to be a real ace who can lead this team all-the-way!!!!!!!!!!!
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[quote name='drillem' timestamp='1355865872' post='1269740']
Flacco will have to play more than one good game in a row. That's a tough one.
[/quote] nah its not he did that for the first half of the year are you a new fan who has no clue what the record was before the three losses cause you missed allot .
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Its all on Flacco!! Hit your receivers...and hopefully they will catch it for you. And for god sakes it is ok for you to gain yards by running out of the pocket.
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We might finally see that fire in joe that we've all been waiting for. Joe is going to have to take command of this offense recognize situations to make the best decisions and play good football. His lineman will have to give him time and ray rice will have to be able to be productive at least 100 all purpose yds minimum.If not this team may not recover and will be facing a makover in the offseason. Joe has to know that it's all on him. He's got to be on the front line getting this offense on track.
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"That game WILL NOT be POINTLESS (if it happens that way). We'll be fighting for home game. Go Pitt, beat Cincy. Go Ravens!!!" it would even if cinci beat us we would still have a better division record and conference record
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Let's wrap up the division against the Giants so that the week 17 Bengals matchup means nothing and we can rest our starters then. We wouldn't move in playoff seeding so it could effectively be our own bye week.
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All this if this and if that stuff is giving me a headache ....Just go in there and play Ravens football and win both games and let the chips fall where they may... And no, I'm not Insane... It's called Wishful thinking, but it's not Impossible.."LOL" ! It's just easier this way, right???
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If we end up losing the AFC North to the Bengals, we may as well sign off on the season and start looking to next season. If it ends in such terrible fashion I want some changes particularly at positions where we have glaring weaknesses.....
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[quote name='12thmandynasty' timestamp='1355867962' post='1269800']
We might finally see that fire in joe that we've all been waiting for. Joe is going to have to take command of this offense recognize situations to make the best decisions and play good football. His lineman will have to give him time and ray rice will have to be able to be productive at least 100 all purpose yds minimum.If not this team may not recover and will be facing a makover in the offseason. Joe has to know that it's all on him. He's got to be on the front line getting this offense on track.
[/quote]I know you are trying to be optimistic, but seriously you may as well wish I would outrun Usain Bolt in the sprints....
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To much like rite to win the Division and get a bye week! I think they like their backs against the wall and now they Better Come Out The Corner Fighting! The Ravens can beat the brakes off all those teams pictured above! Gotta Move the Pocket!
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Could this be a possible playoff scenario???

We all know that the Squeelers are going to beat the Bungles cuz the Bungles have not beat Pittsburgh (especially in Pittsburgh) in a trillion years. If PITT beats CINCY and we LOSE to NYG then we will be 1 game ahead of both PITT and CINCY. PITT will have the tiebreaker over CINCY.

Since we already clinched a playoff birth shouldn't we let the Bungles beat us in week 17??? That way we ELIMINATE the squealers from the playoffs automatically.

If we beat the NYG this Sunday, I would definitely do what I stated above just to get back at the Squeelers and see them OUT of the playoff picture for good. I would throw the SQUEELER CURSE right back at them by letting a team purposely beat us just to see them out of the race. (we could very well give it our all and still walk away losers in week 17 since the Bungles are no pushover).

This is just a thought. I know our #1 goal right now is to be AFC North champs, and then win the SB. This is the reason why the NYG game is soooo important for us, cuz if we win WE GET TO DECIDE who will be the other team from the AFC North that will go to the playoffs.

Nothing will give me more satisfaction than to see the Squeelers out of business during the month of January. Obviously the only thing that would give me more satisfaction is to see the Ravens (Ray, Ray, ED, and company) hoist the Lombardi trophy in who dat nation.
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Shaky ,this is a case inwhich i wish our week against the Giants wasn't moved to 4:15 so this way we could see what the steelers and bengals do first,obviously i rather win no matter this week However i also do not want to Play at Heinz Field if we lose both Games either.
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my thing this week i expect to see are the following
1.all our wrs utilized if torrey is out with a concussion give laquan a shot hes a fast wr as well.
2.shifting in the line put Mckinnie in there and stop being cheap
3.go with 3-4 wr sets we dont ever do this and it kills me with the guys we have
4.Ray rice on screens with good blocking eventually it will lead to huge Gains
5.the No Huddle im one of Flacco's critics here ,yet he states hes better in the No Huddle so let him do it and if he fails at it then hes run out of excuses period.
6.time of possesion has killed us all year long we need to win that one this week
7.and lastly better coverage from the defense by the safeties and better Middle coverage i felt ihadegbo lol misspelled played better then Pollard in coverage because Manning went up the Middle only a few times ,Pollard is good at stopping the run and thats it,so we need to use the correct packages.

We do most of these things or all we will turn our season around as guys get healthy
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I'd like to point out a few things.

The next win clinches us the division. If we beat the Giants, the Bengals game is completely irrelevant to us. The Colts are going to lock up the 5 seed this weekend, and we can pretty much only get the 4 or the 6 seed.

We couldn't play Pittsburgh or Cincinnati in the first round of the playoffs under either scenario. If we are the 4, we host Indianapolis. If we finish with the 6, we will be playing in Denver or NE.

In fact, I believe there is no possible way we would face Cincinnati or Pittsburgh in the playoffs before the AFC title game. So I don't really care which one of those teams gets in.
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Shaky End of the Quarter...

Under your scenario, Pittsburgh wins the division, and we finish with the 6th seed. If Pittsburgh beats both Cincy and Cleveland, and we lose to both NYG and Cincy, the Steelers take the division. So not only does your scenario not work, it backfires completely.
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Our Ravens are very lucky to be in the playoffs. We need to play hard and try to "win" the division no matter what else occurs. This team has pride&tradition on it's side. Fair weather fans are spoiled by rarely seeing home losses so we must ignore the doomsdayers and root harder FOR "our" team in this season of injuries. Joe Flacco is as elite as his offensive line let's him be.Face it our O-line can keep our defense off the field "we" don't need Eli riddling our injury depleted defense. I'm tired of Cary Williams pointing to everybody when his man scores a TD. See ya Cary we'll survive without you and the boo birds.
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