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Despite Ravens’ Loss Chiefs, AFC North Title is Still in Sight

December 10, 2018 - 6:23 am
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By Joe Schiller 

The Baltimore Ravens went into Kansas City, against the AFC’s top team, and put themselves in position to win.

With 4:04 left to play in the fourth quarter, Lamar Jackson’s 9-yard touchdown pass to John Brown gave the Ravens a 24-17 lead but they would see it slip away and lose 27-24 in overtime.

The loss dropped the Ravens to 7-6 on the season and they still sit in the second Wild Card spot in the AFC, owning a four-way tiebreaker over the Colts, Titans and Dolphins.

While John Harbaugh and company control their own destiny to the postseason, they might not have to settle with a Wild Card berth. The AFC North is still up for grabs and it may be leaning in the Ravens’ favor.

The Steelers have lost three straight, including a 24-21 loss to the Raiders on Sunday afternoon. Chris Boswell slipped on the game-tying field goal as Pittsburgh has simultaneously imploded over the past few weeks.

The Steelers are 7-5-1 and with three games left to play, the remaining schedules for both teams look like this:

BAL: Buccaneers (Home), Chargers (Away), Browns (Home)

PIT: Patriots (Home), Saints (Away), Bengals (Home)

Two favorable matchups against the Buccaneers and Browns are games the Ravens should win. But historically, closing out the month of December has been a problem.

The Steelers face two crucial late-season battles at home against the Patriots and away against the Saints.

Given the performance in Kansas City, the Ravens showed they can compete with the top AFC teams and a road win against the Chargers shouldn’t be counted out. Baltimore should expect to finish 2-1 in that span but don’t count out 3-0.

Pittsburgh currently leads the division by just .5 game but as we’ve seen this season, just about anything can happen in any given week.