Who Ravens Fans Should Root for During the Bye


One of the best parts of the bye is getting to settle into the couch on Sunday and watch everybody else beat up on each other.

The Ravens are 5-2 and sit atop the AFC North. That will still be the case on Monday regardless of what happens in Week 8, but Baltimore could get a little more breathing room.

Here's who Ravens fans should be rooting for:

Denver Broncos (2-5) at Indianapolis Colts (4-2)
Sunday, 1 p.m.
Since Lamar Jackson and the Ravens aren't playing, it will be easy to go back to what's familiar and root for Joe Flacco. The Broncos are coming off an ugly loss last week while the Colts are fresh off a huge win against the division rival Texans. The AFC South is up in the air with all four teams still in it. Let's make that picture even muddier with a loss for the Colts.
Root for: Broncos

Philadelphia Eagles (3-4) at Buffalo Bills (5-1)
Sunday, 1 p.m.
The Bills trail the undefeated New England Patriots in the AFC East standings but currently sit in the top wild-card spot. The Bills have a very favorable schedule with only two teams above .500 remaining (Dallas and New England). This Eagles game will be one of their toughest remaining. If the Ravens fall into the wild-card picture, they want the Bills to have as many losses as possible.
Root for: Eagles

Cleveland Browns (2-4) at New England Patriots (7-0)
Sunday, 4:25 p.m.
Since pulling even with the Ravens after a win at M&T Bank Stadium, the Browns have dropped two straight. Their season will feel like it's on the brink of destruction if they fall to 2-5. It's a huge game for the Browns against an undefeated foe that loses at home once in a blue moon. A Browns loss would give the Ravens a three-game lead in the division. It's not insurmountable (the Browns' schedule is much more favorable in the second half than the Ravens'), but it would be a healthy lead to say the least.
Root for: Patriots

Oakland Raiders (3-3) at Houston Texans (4-3)
Sunday, 4:25 p.m.
For the same reason that it would be better for the Broncos to beat the Colts, it's better for the Raiders to topple the Texans. The AFC South is tough to figure out, but it could end up having at least one wild-card contender, particularly between the Texans and Colts. Another second straight loss for Texans MVP candidate Deshaun Watson would sting.
Root for: Raiders

Green Bay Packers (6-1) at Kansas City Chiefs (5-3)
Sunday, 8:20 p.m.
Sunday Night Football dreamed of a Patrick Mahomes vs. Aaron Rodgers duel, but Mahomes suffered a knee injury last Thursday night. His return would seem doubtful, but he's made a quick recovery. Regardless, the Ravens suddenly have the third-best record in the AFC behind the Patriots and Bills. That means Baltimore is very much in play for a playoff bye, which the Chiefs will certainly be in contention for as well.
Root for: Packers

Miami Dolphins (0-6) at Pittsburgh Steelers (2-4)
Monday, 8:15 p.m.
The Steelers are coming off their bye and have the winless Dolphins coming to Heinz Field. Plus, quarterback Mason Rudolph is expected to start after recovering from his concussion. It's a tough game for the Dolphins to win, but Ravens fans can still hope to see their AFC North rivals get upset and fall further behind in the division race. The Steelers aren't out of it.
Root for: Dolphins