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The Ravens may have dropped to 5-5 with their 17-15 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, but at least they didn’t give up ground within the AFC North.
All three other division rivals lost their respective matchups, essentially maintaining the status quo as playoff spots are fought over. The Ravens are still just one game back of the Steelers, Jaguars and Broncos, who all lead the Wild Card race.
The AFC North-leading Cincinnati Bengals (7-3) were shocked by the lowly Oakland Raiders on a last-minute field goal.
The Steelers fell to 6-4 at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs in overtime. And, even the division-dwelling Cleveland Browns dropped their battle with the Detroit Lions on a touchdown pass from Matt Stafford to Brandon Pettigrew with no time remaining.
With the first of two remaining meetings with the Steelers coming this weekend, the Ravens have an opportunity to remain in the playoff hunt even though they have lost five of their last seven contests. Head coach John Harbaugh said that just goes to show the week-to-week nature of the NFL.
“It’s interesting to me, and it’s part of what makes the National Football League so great – the drumbeat outside, in a positive way and a negative way,” said Harbaugh. “It’s so fierce, and you naturally hear that. But inside and around our team, we just can’t let that affect you either way. When things are going great, everybody tells you how great you are, and you get carried away that way. Then you lose a couple games, and everybody can tell you how inept you are. You can’t let it take you down that road either.
“We know we’re a good football team. I guarantee the people that play us know the kind of football team we are. The difference is finding out a way to win those games. That’s our challenge against good football teams. That’s what you have to do to be an elite football team in this league, and that’s what we’re striving for. I know we’re going to be that. It’s a matter of when, and we need to make it happen this week.”