Sunday, December 20, 2009

NFL playoff picture

The Baltimore Ravens went into the weekend just outside the playoff picture. Now they're 8-6, the fifth seed and can clinch a berth next week if things break right.
They're even still alive for the AFC North title. The Bengals just need to win once more, but they've lost two straight.
Six teams are 7-7, and the Ravens play one of them - the Steelers in Pittsburgh. It's easy to see three of the other teams losing next week - Jets at Colts, Jaguars at Patriots and Titans hosting the Chargers Christmas night.
A pair of 7-7 teams meet - Dolphins vs. Texans - so likely one will be 8-7 and still alive the final week of the season. I'll wait to see how the tiebreakers work out.
And how 'bout those Raiders? Another last-minute win, dropping the Broncos t0 8-6. The Ravens beat them head-to-head, so that will be helpful come Jan. 3.

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