The Baltimore Ravens aren't concerned about their sloppy performance in Saturday's 23-16 win over the Indianapolis Colts. The prevailing sentiment in the locker room is the Ravens' confidence continues to grow, kind of like safety Eric Weddle's beard. The players believe they can make a run if they can clinch a wild-card berth Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. "We're a team, that if we get it, we'll be a team to be reckoned with," Weddle said. Here are three reasons why Baltimore can be a dangerous team in the postseason: Getting hot at the right time: The Ravens have a 5-1 record in their last six games, which is tied with five other teams (including the top two seeds in the AFC and NFC). Baltimore's only loss? It was a last-minute defeat in Pittsburgh, where the Ravens led by nine points with under seven minutes left to play. This has been an impressive late-season tear. Baltimore's 77-point differential over the last six games trails only the New England Patriots (80-point differential). Putting up points in bunches: The early-season narrative was the offense was eventually going to hold back this team. Recently, the offense has been the more consistent force in Baltimore. The Ravens have averaged 29.8 points over the past eight games. Only the Philadelphia Eagles (32.3) and Los Angeles Rams (31.6) have put up more points during that span. The big difference has been the improved health of quarterback Joe Flacco, who dealt with a lower back injury earlier this season. In his last four games, Flacco has thrown seven touchdowns and one interception.
Ravens believe they'll be 'a team to be reckoned with' in the postseason
ESPN | Dec 27