The Baltimore Ravens dusted the Jets with ease on Thursday night, securing their second AFC North championship in as many years. There was never a doubt, as likely MVP, Lamar Jackson, ran and threw with impunity, completing 15-of-23 passes for 212 yards and five touchdowns while adding eight carries for 86 yards on the ground.
The win gives the Ravens the AFC North but they are more interested in securing a first round bye and the No. 1 seed, which would mean any team who wants to get to the Super Bowl will need to go through Baltimore. Their clinching scenarios for Week 15 are as follows:
- Clinch first round bye with Patriots loss OR Chiefs loss/tie
- Clinch home field through playoffs with Patriots loss AND Chiefs loss/tie
The Patriots head to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals and the Chiefs host the Denver Broncos. Both the Patriots and Chiefs are favorites, so the Ravens may have to wait a bit longer to tie up the loose ends on their dominate season but anything can happen in this league.
A win next week over the only team to beat them in Baltimore this season, the Cleveland Browns, would give them some revenge for that loss along with the coveted No. 1 seed.
If the Ravens do end up beating the Browns and clinching, they plan on resting Lamar Jackson in Week 17 against the Steelers, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. That could be a very important game for the Steelers, Titans, Texans or Bills playoff chances.
But for the Ravens, they are in full control of their playoff lives and could even be able to rest guys next week if the Chiefs and Patriots are upset in Week 15.