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Here's How the Ravens Can Clinch a Postseason Spot in Week 18

Larry Rupp
A look at how the Baltimore Ravens can clinch a postseason spot in Week 18.
A look at how the Baltimore Ravens can clinch a postseason spot in Week 18. / Patrick Smith/GettyImages

While it may be slim, the hope is still alive. The Baltimore Ravens head into a Week 18 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with an outside chance of sneaking into the NFL playoffs. However, they are going to need lot of help after losing a close one to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 17.

Ravens Playoff Scenarios

Most importantly, Baltimore has to take care of business against their divisional rival. The Ravens are slated as 4-point home favorites against the Steelers, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Keep in mind they are looking for revenge after falling to Pittsburgh 20-19 back in Week 13.

A Ravens win is only the first step. They also need the Las Vegas Raiders to defeat the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday Night Football. Baltimore owns a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Chargers thanks to their Week 6 win, but lost to the Raiders during the first Monday Night Football matchup.

The last step is going to be the hardest one. Baltimore will need the Jaguars to upset the Colts in order to clinch a postseason spot. The Ravens own a head-to-head tiebreaker against Indianapolis after taking the Colts down in overtime by a score of 31-25 in Week 5.

However, FanDuel Sportsbook has Indianapolis slated as a strong 15.5-point road favorite against Jacksonville. Nevertheless, the stage is set. Ravens' fans can cross their fingers in hopes of everything going their way during the final week of the regular season.

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