The Baltimore Ravens stand only two wins from clinching their first playoff berth since 2014, something that appeared to be a long shot only two months ago. The Ravens had only a projected 25.6 percent chance to reach the postseason after they dropped to 3-4 on the season with a loss at the Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 22. With an offensive line already banged up, Baltimore was so shorthanded that running back Buck Allen lined up at wide receiver. Instead of letting their season spiral downward even farther, the Ravens won five of their past seven games to become a favorite for one of the two wild-card spots. Baltimore is a 13.5-point favorite over the Indianapolis Colts (3-11) on Saturday. "I do appreciate the character of our team and the resilience of our team and the mental toughness and the focus and the ability to get right at the task at hand and push aside the stuff that is not important and get right at what is important and deal with adversity when it happens, with the different injuries," coach John Harbaugh said. "You are right; it is all around the league. Every team deals with it to one degree or another. We dealt with it quite a bit early and then middle of season. Our guys handled it, and they kept fighting through it. The reports of our demise, I guess, were greatly exaggerated." The Ravens (8-6) had more adversity to deal with than the other AFC contenders. Their 14 players on injured reserve top the three teams that have already clinched (the New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers and Jacksonville Jaguars) and the four teams vying for a postseason berth (the Kansas City Chiefs, Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Chargers).
John Harbaugh: Reports of Ravens' demise were greatly exaggerated
ESPN | Dec 22