The Baltimore Ravens currently control their own playoff destiny. However, there were several games yesterday that had an effect on Baltimore's playoff chances. Here's what happened and what it meant.
Pittsburgh Steelers 30, Cincinnati Bengals 20
Who the Ravens wanted to win: Pittsburgh
Last week we were treated to one of the best weekends of football in recent memory. Of course everyone has seen or heard about the frantic ending to many of the early games on Sunday, but by my count, there were also seven games in week 14 where both teams were fighting for their playoff lives or their playoff seeding.
We’ve got the next eight weeks to discuss the playoff teams. Today we lead off with possibly the craziest single subplot of the NFL season, and the one people are ignoring the most.
The Baltimore Ravens activated TE Dennis Pitta Saturday afternoon, making him available to play in his first live game since Super Bowl XLVII.
When my weekly picks dipped to nearly 20 games below .500 back in mid-October, I didn’t panic or throw in the towel. I didn’t walk away from my commitment to posting my picks every Thursday.