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NFL playoff picture: What does Ravens-Dolphins TNF mean for AFC standings

The Ravens face the Dolphins in Miami on Thursday Night Football. We break down what the game means for the NFL playoff picture.

Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens reacts after a fourth quarter touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings at M&T Bank Stadium on November 07, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images

RECAP: The Dolphins stunned the Ravens, capping it with an end zone interception to snuff out Baltimore’s final drive and win 22-10. Baltimore drops to 6-3 and Pittsburgh can move into a tie for first with a win over Detroit on Sunday. Pittsburgh would hold the tiebreaker edge with a 1-1 divisional record compared to Baltimore’s 0-1 AFC North record.

The Baltimore Ravens travel to face the Miami Dolphins on Thursday Night Football this week, and they’ll look to continue solidifying their playoff positioning as the NFL enters the back half of the calendar.

Ravens standing in NFL playoff picture

The Ravens are 6-2 heading into Week 9 and are in first place in the AFC North. They have a one-game lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers and a 1.5 game lead over the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals.

Baltimore is currently in second place in the overall AFC playoff standings, a half game back of the Tennessee Titans. Baltimore has already had its bye, while Tennessee has a bye in Week 13. The Ravens are a game up on the division-leading Los Angeles Chargers and Buffalo Bills.

Week 10 opponent: Dolphins

The Ravens face a Dolphins squad that is 2-7 and coming off their first win since Week 1. The struggling Dolphins beat an even worse Houston Texans team to snap a seven-game losing streak. Baltimore is a 7.5-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook and is coming off a 34-31 overtime win over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 9.

Rest of the AFC playoff field

There are no gimmes in the NFL, but the Titans and Steelers both have very winnable games this weekend. The Titans host a shaky New Orleans Saints team that will be sending out either Trevor Siemian or Taysom Hill at quarterback. It’s not the easiest of games and the Titans are 2.5-point favorites. Meanwhile, the Steelers host the winless Detroit Lions and are 8.5-point favorites, while the Chargers are a field goal favorite at home against the Vikings.

We shouldn’t expect much movement atop the AFC playoff standings, but considering the number of upsets in recent weeks, anything is possible.