It was without a doubt the most important game of the season for both teams, with the winner having a solid chance of making the playoffs, and with the loser having to regroup and start looking at how to improve for next season. The Baltimore Ravens beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 22-20 last week forcing the Steelers front office to start looking toward how to improve the team for next season, while the team will try to avoid its first losing season since 2003 when they went 6-10 under Bill Cower.
At 5-7 the team will have to win its remaining 4 games against the Miami Dolphins (6-6), Cincinnati Bengals (8-4), Green Bay Packers (5-6-1) and the Cleveland Browns (4-8). But a loss to any one of these teams will drop them into another 8-8 season, and two loses, well you know. I predict they will go 3-1 to finish with another 8-8 season. The Ravens will not catch up with the Bengals, nor will they make the playoffs. Their final four games are: Minnesota Vikings(3-8-1), Detroit Lions (7-5), New England Patriots (9-3), and the Bengals . If they win out they deserve to be in the playoffs, but they could very easily lose two of the four or even three of the four. They are favorites only over the Vikings. The Lions and Patriots are playing great ball right now and the Bengals should be super fired up to eliminate their arch rival. Cincinnati on the other hand has an easier schedule as they face the Indianapolis Colts(7-5), Steelers, Minnesota Vikings and the Ravens. This game could be huge if the Ravens win out and the Bengals drops one or two before the clash.