Even after suffering their fourth loss in five games (and fifth in seven), things could be worse for the Ravens when it comes to playoff posturing.
The division race? That doesn’t look good at all for Baltimore, as Cincinnati now leads the other three AFC North teams by 2 1/2 games with six weeks to go in the regular season. The Ravens have no separation with Cleveland and Pittsburgh, as they all now sit in a three-way tie for second.
The wild card situation isn’t ideal either. As has been pointed out in this space, the AFC will likely only have one attainable postseason berth for a non-division winner since Denver and Kansas City are both 9-1 in the AFC West.
But the second wild card spot is very much within reach. The Jets and Dolphins are tied for sixth in the AFC at 5-5 and the Ravens are just one game back at 4-6.
The difficult part of it is the ridiculous number of teams in the race for that one spot. Including the Jets and Dolphins, there are nine AFC teams within 1 1/2 games of the second wild card, all of which hold records between 5-5 and 4-7.
Joining the Ravens at 4-6 are the Raiders, Titans, Steelers, Browns and Chargers. The Bills are another half-game behind at 4-7.
So it won’t be easy, but Baltimore has a huge game in relation to that race on Sunday, when the Jets visit M&T Bank Stadium. It’s conceivable that the Ravens are tied for the sixth spot in the conference with a win, and a victory would give the team tiebreakers over both the Jets and Dolphins.
The Ravens are far from out of the postseason picture, but the majority of the conference is still in it, meaning it could be a fascinating final six weeks of the season.