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How can the Ravens clinch a playoff spot in Week 15?

We discuss the scenarios that could see the Baltimore Ravens clinching a playoff spot in Week 15.

Odell Beckham Jr. #3 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates with Lamar Jackson #8 after scoring a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns during the third quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on November 12, 2023 in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images

The Baltimore Ravens have dealt with a tough fight in the AFC South, but they have slowly pulled away from the rest of the division. They head into Week 15 having won seven of their last eight games to take a two-game lead over the Cleveland Browns. They have also taken a one-game lead in the race for the No. 1 seed in the AFC.

While they cannot yet clinch the division title or the top 1 seed yet, Baltimore can punch their postseason ticket in Week 15. They travel to face the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday Night Football. A win and some help will clinch a playoff berth.

Saturday update: The Colts beat the Steelers and the Lions thumped the Broncos. That sets it up so the Ravens clinch a playoff berth with a win.

Baltimore Ravens playoff clinching scenarios - Week 15

  1. BAL win + DEN loss or tie + BUF loss or tie OR
  2. BAL win + DEN loss or tie + CLE loss or tie OR
  3. BAL win + DEN loss or tie + PIT loss or tie OR
  4. BAL win + DEN loss or tie + HOU loss or tie OR
  5. BAL win + BUF loss or tie + CLE loss or tie OR
  6. BAL win + BUF loss or tie + PIT loss or tie OR
  7. BAL win + BUF loss or tie + HOU loss or tie OR
  8. BAL win + CLE loss or tie + PIT-IND tie OR
  9. BAL win + HOU loss or tie + PIT-IND tie

The Ravens are a field goal favorite against the Jaguars at DraftKings Sportsbook. Baltimore is coming off a 37-31 overtime win over the Rams while Jacksonville is coming off a 31-27 loss to the Browns, which was their second straight loss and third in five games. Trevor Lawrence is dealing with an ankle injury but was a full participant in practice this week.

The odds for the other games implicated in the Ravens’ playoff scenarios are as follows:

Broncos (+4) @ Lions
Bills (-2) vs. Cowboys
Browns (-3) vs. Bears
Steelers (+1.5) @ COlts
Texans (+3) @ Titans