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How can Ravens clinch a playoff berth in Week 16?

The Ravens are on the verge of a playoff berth. We break down how they can clinch a spot in the 2023 NFL Playoffs in Week 16.

Tyler Huntley #2 of the Baltimore Ravens huddles up with teammates during the game against the Denver Broncos at M&T Bank Stadium on December 04, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images

Results update: The Ravens beat the Falcons 17-9. They clinched a playoff berth thanks to the Bengals beating the Patriots 22-18. Baltimore remains a game back of Cincinnati in the AFC North division race. The Ravens host the Steelers in Week 17 and wrap the season with a road game against the Bengals in Week 18.

The Baltimore Ravens are struggling without quarterback Lamar Jackson, but they head into Week 16 with a chance to clinch a playoff berth. Tyler Huntley will get the start on Saturday against the Falcons with several scenarios in play. The game kicks off at 1 p.m. ET and the Ravens are a 6.5-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook.

How Ravens can clinch playoff berth this week

The Ravens require help in any scenario to clinch a playoff berth this week. Three of the scenarios required the Ravens win, six required the Ravens secure a tie, and one allowed for a loss. The scenarios were as follows entering Week 16:

  1. BAL win + MIA loss or tie + NE loss or tie OR
  2. BAL win + MIA loss or tie + NYJ loss or tie OR
  3. BAL win + NE loss or tie + NYJ loss or tie OR
  4. BAL tie + NE loss + NYJ loss OR
  5. BAL tie + NE loss + MIA loss + LAC win OR
  6. BAL tie + NE loss + MIA loss + NYJ tie OR
  7. BAL tie + NE loss + NYJ tie + LAC win OR
  8. BAL tie + NE tie + NYJ loss + MIA loss OR
  9. BAL tie + NE tie + NYJ tie + MIA loss + LAC win OR
  10. NE loss + NYJ loss + CLE loss or tie + LV loss or tie + TEN loss or tie + LAC win

The Jets loss removes scenarios 6, 7, and 9, but keeps the remaining seven scenarios alive. For those remaining opportunities, the Dolphins are 3.5-point home favorites against the Packers, the Patriots are a field goal home underdog against the Bengals, the Chargers are 4.5-home road favorites against the Colts, the Browns are field goal underdogs against the Saints, the Raiders are 2.5-point road underdogs against the Steelers, and the Titans are field goal home favorites against the Texans.