Ravens already in playoff mode
The Baltimore Ravens are already in playoff mode as they head into the regular-season finale at Cincinnati.
Even though the Ravens have already clinched a postseason berth, seeding is perhaps as important to them as any team in the AFC. Baltimore finished its home schedule 8-0, but is just 3-4 on the road. The Ravens are tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC North, and hold the tiebreaker by virtue of the series sweep.
However, if the Steelers win the division, the Ravens would be the No. 5 seed and open the playoffs either in Denver or Oakland in the opening round, neither an enviable destination for a club that has struggled on the road against mediocre teams this year.
“It’s big, man.,” outside linebacker Terrell Suggs told the Carroll County Times “We want a chance at winning, and you’ve got a better chance to do it when you’re at home. And our fans, I consider myself to be a player of the people, and we are our best team when we’re in M&T and our fans are rocking. So, we definitely need a home playoff game by any means necessary.”
Sunday's game in Cincinnati won't be a walk-over, though as the Bengals are playing to get into the postseason themselves, needing a win to secure their own bid to the playoffs.
Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com