Games To Watch That Could Help Ravens


The Ravens get a mini-bye following their 22-20 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Kick up your feet and enjoy a long Thanksgiving weekend.

Here's a look at some of this weekend's games and how they could affect the Ravens:

Bengals at Chargers, 4:25 p.m.The Chargers may have saved their season with a comeback win in Kansas City last week. San Diego was riding a three-game losing streak but pulled off a last-minute win. The Bengals are coming off a lopsided win against Cleveland and looking to stay on top in the AFC North.
Who To Root For: Toss up. With a Bengals loss, the Ravens would be just one game behind in the AFC North division race. And they still get to play at Cincinnati in Week 17. But a Chargers loss would put perhaps Baltimore's toughest challenger for the sixth and final wild-card spot a game behind. It's a win-win situation for the Ravens.

Titans at Colts, 1 p.m.Before the Ravens' Thanksgiving win, Tennessee was the leader of the pack of 5-6 teams in the AFC. The Titans started the season at 3-1 but have faded as of late. They scored a crucial win over Oakland last week. The Colts have been embarrassed twice in the past two weeks, losing to the Rams, 38-8, and then last week to Arizona, 40-11. After their bye, they've been the worst defense in the league.
Who To Root For: Colts. The Colts are leading the AFC South and the Ravens want them to pull away with it and send the Titans further back in the wild-card race.

Dolphins at Jets, 1 p.m.This is a battle of two teams squarely in the wild-card race. They are both coming off losses and another defeat for either team may eliminate them from the chase. The Jets and quarterback Geno Smith have been much better at home than away this season.
Who To Root For: Toss up. This one depends on who you think is the better team between the Jets and Dolphins. The Ravens would hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over both teams. Miami still has Pittsburgh and New England on the upcoming schedule. The Jets have a somewhat easier slate remaining.

Jaguars at Browns, 1 p.m.Watch out for the Jags. Winless over their first eight games, Jacksonville has won two of its last three. Still, the Jaguars are one of the few teams out of the playoff hunt. The Browns will have to turn back to benched quarterback Brandon Weeden with Jason Campbell out due to a head injury.
Who To Root For: Jaguars. The Browns are already a step behind at 4-7, but why not put them further back? One more loss and Cleveland may be in draft watch territory.

Broncos at Chiefs, 4:25 p.m.
Both teams lead the AFC with 9-2 records, so it's a matchup of powerhouses. The Broncos are coming off a tough loss in New England. How will Peyton Manning respond? He'll have a better chance of staying upright considering the Chiefs' dynamic pass rushing duo of Tamba Hali and Justin Houston is banged up.
Who To Root For: Chiefs. Both teams are almost assuredly going to the postseason, so it's about who wins the AFC West division. The rest of the AFC, including the Ravens, would probably rather not have the Broncos get the top seed and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

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