These are the games that matter between now and the end of the season as far as the Ravens’ Wild Card hopes are concerned…..
(Note: Times and networks COULD be flexed.)
IND @ JAC Thursday 8:20pm NFL Net Drew-Jaguars, Glenn-Jaguars
CHI @ BAL Sunday 1pm FOX Drew-Ravens, Glenn-Ravens
NE @ BUF Sunday 1pm CBS Drew-Patriots, Glenn-Patriots
MIA @ TEN Sunday 1pm CBS Drew-Dolphins, Glenn-Titans
HOU @ STL Sunday 1pm CBS Drew-Texans, Glenn-Texans
ATL @ NYJ Sunday 1pm FOX Drew-Jets, Glenn-Jets
OAK @ DEN Sunday 4:05pm CBS Drew-Broncos, Glenn-Broncos
CIN @ SD Sunday 4:05pm CBS Drew-Chargers, Glenn-Chargers
GB @ PIT Sunday 4:15pm FOX Drew-Packers, Glenn-Packers
Week 15 Swing Games:
MIA @ TEN-Tennessee is eliminated with a loss, and COULD be forced to play without Vince Young.
IND @ JAC-An Indianapolis loss (which both of us picked) could lead to them benching Peyton Manning and company the rest of the way.
GB @ PIT-A Pittsburgh loss eliminates them before the Ravens come to Heinz Field. Obviously, this would be good for all of us in Charm City.
SD @ TEN Friday 7:30pm NFL Net Drew-Chargers, Glenn-Titans
KC @ CIN Sunday 1pm CBS Drew-Bengals, Glenn-Bengals
HOU @ MIA Sunday 1pm CBS Drew-Dolphins, Glenn-Dolphins
JAC @ NE Sunday 1pm CBS Drew-Patriots, Glenn-Patriots
DEN @ PHI Sunday 1pm CBS Drew-Eagles, Glenn-Eagles
BAL @ PIT Sunday 1pm CBS Drew-Ravens, Glenn-Ravens
NYJ @ IND Sunday 4:15pm CBS Drew-Colts, Glenn-Colts
Week 16 Swing Games:
HOU @ MIA-If Houston is still alive, they’re dangerous in this one.
BAL @ PIT-Ditto here for Pittsburgh. They have to stay at 7 losses to make this interesting though.
NYJ @ IND-If the Colts lose to the Jags, Curtis Painter could very well get the start here. If that’s the case, I might regret picking the Colts.
JAC @ CLE Sunday 1pm CBS Drew-Browns, Glenn-Jaguars
NE @ HOU Sunday 1pm CBS Drew-Texans, Glenn-Texans
PIT @ MIA Sunday 1pm CBS Drew-Dolphins, Glenn-Dolphins
CIN @ NYJ Sunday 1pm CBS Drew-Jets, Glenn-Bengals
KC @ DEN Sunday 4:15pm CBS Drew-Broncos, Glenn-Broncos
BAL @ OAK Sunday 4:15pm CBS Drew-Ravens, Glenn-Ravens
TEN @ SEA Sunday 4:15pm CBS Drew-Seahawks, Glenn-Titans
Week 17 Swing Games:
NE @ HOU-The Pats have yet to win a NATURAL road game all season (although we both picked them to win at Buffalo in Week 15). This could be a game on the road at Houston with their entire season on the line.
PIT @ MIA-If the Steelers win their next 2, no way they lose in Miami.
KC @ DEN-I still think Denver has an unthinkable loss in them personally.
How my picks shake out-
Cincinnati 11-5, wins AFC North, #3 seed
New England 10-6, wins AFC East, #4 seed
Baltimore 10-6, #5 seed based on head-to-head win over Denver
Denver 10-6, #6 seed
New York Jets 8-8
How Drew’s picks shake out-
Miami 10-6, wins AFC East via conference record tiebreaker over Patriots, gets #3 seed via conference record tiebreaker over Bengals
Cincinnati 10-6, wins AFC North via head-to-head sweep of Ravens, #4 seed
Baltimore 10-6, #5 seed via head-to-head win over Broncos
Denver 10-6, #6 seed
New England 10-6, misses playoffs due to conference record tiebreaker with Ravens and Broncos
New York Jets 9-7
So each of us have the Ravens getting in. Drew has them going to Cincinnati in the Wild Card round, I have them going to Foxborough.