Not even a five-game losing streak was enough to eliminate the Baltimore Ravens from playoff contention this past week. Although the Ravens are still longshots to make the postseason as we speak, crazier things have happened in the NFL, and Baltimore’s inclusion into the AFC playoff picture will be talked about for years to come if the football gods start smiling back upon their already dwindling fortunes.
Nitrobetting is ready to equip its bettors with all the latest previews and NFL betting odds for Week 18 of the 2021 NFL season. This time, let’s examine what the Baltimore Ravens need to make the 2022 NFL Playoffs. Learn more about the Ravens’ odds of making the postseason, as well as the actual NFL betting odds and added insights for their pivotal Week 18 matchup against long-time division rivals the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Baltimore Ravens 2022 NFL Playoffs Chances
Baltimore’s Chances to Make the Playoffs
The Ravens had a slim 3% chance to make the playoffs entering their Week 17 clash against the Los Angeles Rams. Yet despite losing to the Rams, Baltimore’s odds slightly improved to 3% thanks to the Pittsburgh Steelers beating the Cleveland Browns on Monday night.
As of this writing, the Ravens are (-5) favorites to win their crucial and final home game of the regular season against the Steelers. Although Baltimore is in free-fall mode and has lost three consecutive meetings against Pittsburgh, reinforcements are expected to arrive. Head coach John Harbaugh stated on Tuesday that there’s a possibility that Lamar Jackson could return to action in Week 18 after a four-week layoff nursing an ankle injury.
The importance of Jackson’s return under center could not be any more imperative for Baltimore considering the team’s five-game losing streak – four of them without the former Heisman Trophy winner running the show. Then again, four of those five losses were each decided by two points or less, with the Ravens’ late-game gambles ultimately not paying off during their thrilling defeats to the Steelers in Week 13 and the Packers in Week 15.
What the Ravens Need to Happen
Apart from winning their Week 18 game against the Steelers, here’s what the Ravens also need to happen in order to make the playoffs:
- A Jacksonville Jaguars win over the Indianapolis Colts
- A Miami Dolphins win over the New England Patriots
- A Los Angeles Chargers win over the Las Vegas Raiders
The biggest concern for the Ravens that’s beyond their limits is Jacksonville pulling off an upset over Indianapolis. The Colts control their playoff destiny needing only a victory over the lowly Jacksonville, whereas the Jags would gladly take another loss to guarantee themselves the first-overall pick at the 2022 NFL Draft by having the worst record in the league at season’s end.
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