Losing tiebreakers and finishing with fewer than 10 wins has taught the Ravens some tough lessons in recent years. They hoped to enter late December with fate in their own hands, not relying on the outcome of other games to determine their ending.
It hasn’t totally worked out that way, but the Ravens are almost guaranteed a playoff spot if they win their last two games. The Ravens are not a playoff team yet, but they look and sound like a team that belongs. When you have the league’s No. 10-ranked defense, and the No. 1-rushing offense the past five weeks, it’s hard not to think positive.
“Five weeks ago, I don’t think anybody was giving us a chance,” wide receiver Willie Snead IV said. “If we win out, shoot we might take the division, we might have a home game. Whatever happens, happens, but we’re very fortunate to be in this situation. … I think our mindset right now is just to focus on L.A., and get ready for a Saturday night showdown.”