Who Ravens Fans Should Root For In Week 9


The Ravens get to enjoy some rest and relaxation during this weekend's bye.

But they'll still probably keep an eye on the TV Sunday because they have a vested interest in what happens around the league.

As the Ravens (2-6) try to mount a second-half comeback, here's where your rooting interesting should lie today:

Dolphins (3-4) at Bills (3-4), 1 p.m. Who to Root For:Dolphins

These AFC East foes have identical records, but the big difference here is that Ravens still play the Dolphins this year. Miami could do Baltimore a favor by knocking Buffalo into a deeper hole, and then the Ravens will have a chance in Week 13 to drop Miami back a game. The Bills will get former Ravens Tyrod Taylor back this week, so it might be tough for some Ravens fans to root against him.

Jaguars (2-5) at Jets (4-3), 1 p.m. Who to Root For:Jaguars

The Jets would be the No. 6 seed in the AFC if the playoffs ended today, so the Ravens need them to lose some ground in the standings. There has been some talk from fans that the Ravens could be in a race with Jacksonville for the top draft pick, so a Jaguars win would also help in that regard. But rather than thinking about the draft prospects, the Ravens are most focused on getting back into the wild-card hunt.

Raiders (4-3) at Steelers (4-4), 1 p.m. Who to Root For:Raiders

Yes, the Raiders are currently the No. 5 seed in the AFC playoff standings. But they're playing the Steelers, and it's basically impossible for Ravens fans to root for Pittsburgh. Also, the Ravens are probably playing for the last wild-card spot anyway, and Pittsburgh will be in the mix for that. A Raiders victory would help the Ravens in the standings, and from a pure enjoyment aspect of seeing the Steelers go down.

Broncos (7-0) at Colts (3-5), 4:25 p.m. Who to Root For:Broncos

Denver is running away with the AFC West, and the Colts seem to be reeling. They are suddenly tied with the Texans in the AFC South, and a Broncos victory would put them just a half-game ahead of the Ravens in the standings. The Colts may end up competing for wild-card spot rather than another division crown, so the Ravens want them to drop as many games as possible.

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