The Baltimore Ravens may not have played on Sunday, but they still received some help from their division rivals. Although in the form of a few losses.
The Ravens entered the week tied for the division lead with the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals setting 3-1 records while the Pittsburgh Steelers sat in the basement of the division at 1-3. .
While Pittsburgh managed to secure a victory over the previously 3-1 Denver Broncos, the Browns and Bengals both lost their games.
This means the Ravens are now alone in possession of first place in the AFC North ahead of their Monday night clash with the Indianapolis Colts.
And if you want to get real technique over things, Ravens control their fate. Although making such a statement in week 5 is, of course, meaningless.
Still, the Ravens were certainly happy with the results of Sunday’s games.
The Ravens got some help from their rivals on Sunday
The Bengals and Browns have both been tasked with facing tough clashes against two of the NFL’s top teams. And each match came down to the wire.
Cincinnati hosted the Green Bay Packers in a game that featured five missed baskets in the 2:12 final of regulation and overtime. But after Mason Crosby missed three straight kicks, he finally landed one in overtime to send the Packers home with a win.
For the Bengals, it was certainly encouraging to see the team compete against one of the best teams in the NFL. But the Ravens certainly won’t complain that the outcome wasn’t to their advantage.
As for the Browns, they traveled west to play against the Los Angeles Chargers in one of the most defining games we’ll likely see all year.
Ultimately, Cleveland failed to lose by a final score of 47-42 in an action-packed game that included 12 total offensive touchdowns.
This is only the second game in NFL history to be completed with that exact final score. Ravens fans will know the other very well as he performed last December in a thrilling victory over the Browns.
Cleveland has been on the losing side in both 47-42 games in NFL history.
If the Ravens handle business against the Colts, they’ll start Week 6 with a one-game lead over the Bengals and Browns.
It was certainly nice to receive a little help on Sunday.