OWINGS MILLS, Md. — All the items have fallen into place for the Baltimore Ravens to finish their three-year playoff drought.
Baltimore (9-6) merely must defeat the Cleveland Browns (7-7-1) in Week 17 to win the AFC North for the primary time since 2012 and safe a spot within the postseason.
“It isn’t the highest purpose, nevertheless it’s undoubtedly the primary purpose — we set it yearly — to win the division, to be division champions, and we’re taking part in a championship recreation on Sunday,” Ravens head coach John Harbaugh mentioned at his Monday press convention. “That is what you’re employed for. That is what we put all that point in for, and in an effort to do this, we have needed to climate some storms and overcome some challenges and win some video games, and guys have carried out an excellent job.
“We respect the place we’re at. That is the chance that we needed, and now it is ours to go get.”
The Ravens paved their means with a powerful 22-10 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Saturday. The Pittsburgh Steelers (Eight-6-1) then misplaced to the New Orleans Saints and dropped out of the playoff image.
Cleveland secured a 12-9 time beyond regulation victory over Baltimore in Week 5. Because of this, Harbaugh is solely targeted on containing Browns rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield versus the varied playoff situations.
“He’ll attempt to make performs,” Harbaugh mentioned about Mayfield. “He is definitely not afraid to push the ball in there. They’re nearly like a landing, check-down kind of crew. They take pictures on a regular basis.”
The Ravens have gained 5 of their final six video games with rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson main the offense. The previous Heisman Trophy winner has revitalized the crew’s working assault, which is second behind Seattle with 147 yards per recreation.
Jackson additionally has gotten higher at throwing the ball — he accomplished a 68-yard, go-ahead landing go to fellow rookie Mark Andrews towards the Chargers. The playoff implications over the previous six video games haven’t been in the slightest degree daunting for the first-round decide.
“I am used to taking part in on massive levels, folks doubt us and stuff like that and it is my job to go show them improper in soccer,” Jackson mentioned.
The Ravens even have the league’s No. 1 protection and can pose a critical problem for any opponent within the postseason. The important thing for the Ravens is to safe that berth.
“Anybody has an opportunity,” Ravens security Eric Weddle mentioned. “If we get within the match, we’ve nearly as good a shot as anyone. I do know for a truth nobody needs to see us. I do know that.”
TE Nick Boyle was capable of play Week 16 towards the Chargers after he suffered a concussion the earlier recreation towards the Atlanta Falcons. Boyle performed 39 snaps and caught two passes for 15 yards. He had been listed as questionable.
LB Matthew Judon overcame a knee harm and performed 48 snaps towards the Chargers. He suffered his left knee harm Week 15 towards the Falcons. Judon completed with one deal with towards Los Angeles.
LG Alex Lewis (shoulder) missed his third consecutive recreation in Week 16 towards the Chargers. James Hurst received the beginning and shared reps with rookie Bradley Bozeman. Lewis has struggled with harm over his three-year profession.
RB Ty Montgomery was lively in Week 16 towards the Chargers after he was a wholesome scratch the earlier week towards the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He served because the third working again behind Gus Edwards and Kenneth Dixon and didn’t have a carry over 11 snaps.