Ravens Go From 12th To 10th In Playoff RacePosted on November 12, 2013 by Joe Platania
OWINGS MILLS -- With the Ravens' win and losses by San Diego and Oakland during Week Ten, Baltimore moved up from 12th to 10th in the latest AFC playoff standings. The top six teams make the playoffs.
With the New York Jets on their bye week, the Baltimore win moves the Ravens to within one game of the final playoff spot. But a trio of teams (Miami, Tennessee and Cleveland) still stands between the Ravens and the playoff field.
Here's how the AFC currently stacks up. Teams are listed by current seed, team, overall record, division record, conference record and their itinerary for the next three weeks.
1. Kansas City, 9-0, 1-0, 6-0: at Denver, San Diego, Denver
2. New England, 7-2, 3-1, 4-2: at Carolina (Monday), Denver (Sunday night), at Houston
3. Indianapolis, 6-3, 2-0, 4-2: at Tennessee (Thursday), at Arizona, Tennessee
4. Cincinnati, 6-4, 1-2, 4-3: Cleveland, BYE, at San Diego
5. Denver, 8-1, 2-0, 4-1: Kansas City, at New England (Sunday night), at Kansas City
6. New York Jets, 5-4, 2-1, 2-4: at Buffalo, at Baltimore, Miami
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7. Miami, 4-5, 0-2, 3-3: San Diego, Carolina, at New York Jets
8. Tennessee, 4-5, 0-2, 3-3: Indianapolis (Thursday), at Oakland, at Indianapolis
9. Cleveland, 4-5, 2-1, 3-3: at Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Jacksonville
10. Baltimore, 4-5, 2-2, 4-4: at Chicago, New York Jets, Pittsburgh (Thanksgiving)
11. San Diego, 4-5, 0-2, 2-4: at Miami, at Kansas City, Cincinnati
HOUSECLEANING: A few ancillary items surrounding the team and its immediate future:
- Harbaugh said in-game injuries to guard A.Q. Shipley (stinger), Daryl Smith (hamstring, back) and Haloti Ngata (knee) were not serious.
- With a per-game average of 307.6 yards -- which would be the worst during the Harbaugh era if the season ended now -- the Ravens' offense has fallen to 30th in the league, or third worst. The Ravens gained a season-low 189 yards during Cincinnati game, the third straight week and fifth time out of nine games they have failed to gain 300 yards.
- The league has announced that the Week 12 Denver-New England game will remain in the Sunday-night television window. That is the same week the Ravens host the New York Jets. Three Baltimore games remain eligible to be flexed: the home games against Minnesota and New England and the road contest at Cincinnati.
- At the Ravens' White House ceremony in June, President Barack Obama made mention of the fact that he hoped his beloved Chicago Bears would beat the Ravens this year. With that game now on the horizon, Harbaugh said, "We'll do our best to disappoint him."
- Gene Steratore has been, in a relative sense, a bit of a referee regular around the Ravens. He worked their home loss to Green Bay Oct. 13, and he has been assigned the Ravens' Nov. 17 game at Chicago.
- Harbaugh was given the United States Sports Academy's Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award before his weekly press conference Nov. 17. Previous winners of the award include Joe Paterno (twice), Nick Saban, Bill Belichick, Tony Dungy and Tommy Lasorda.
RAZOR-THIN MARGINS: With a 4-5 record, the Ravens must still be considered an average, break-even team at best. Here are some numbers that bear that out:
- The Ravens and their opponents have each scored 17 touchdowns.
- Baltimore has scored 188 points during its nine games, while its foes have tallied 189.
- The Ravens have recorded 32 quarterback sacks and allowed 30 to the opposition.
- Baltimore has possessed the ball an average of exactly 30 minutes per game, naturally leaving the other 30 to their opponents.
- The Ravens have run 612 plays from scrimmage, 10 more than their foes.
- Quarterback Joe Flacco has completed exactly 59 percent of his passes, while opposing signal callers have found their targets 58.6 percent of the time.
- Both the Ravens and their opponents have called for a fair catch for 11 punts, placed 17 punts inside the coffin corner, have a net punting average of about 39 yards and have averaged roughly 24 yards per kick return.
Joe Platania is in his 20th season covering professional football.
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