The season is winding down and there are two AFC North teams in the hunt for a playoff spot while the other two are in line for top 10 draft picks. The Ravens are hoping to push their luck and get out of the race for the worst team in the NFL award as they head to Miami this weekend.
Baltimore Ravens (4-7) at Miami Dolphins (4-7): Sunday 1:00 p.m. EST
Congratulations Baltimore, you had a good week. First they won a thriller on Monday night against the Browns, and in the process they didn't lose any more players to injury for the season. As far as active players who are still injured, the Ravens will likely be without Eugene Monroe again this week, but the offensive line will get a little boost as Kelechi Osemele was a full participant in practice. At this point, any addition would be welcomed.
No, probably not, but a late year run wouldn't hurt the Bengals (as long as the Bengals win in week 17 when they meet again. In fact, it probably hurts the Ravens more than anyone. Before this two game win streak, the Ravens had the second overall selection in the draft. They now have the eighth draft pick. If the Ravens even won just a few more games it would probably put them outside of the top ten picks. So while their playoff hopes have already been buried, their hopes of a higher draft pick are still very much alive but getting ruined with every win they acquire.
Cleveland Browns (2-9) vs Cincinnati Bengals (9-2): Sunday 1:00 p.m. EST
The Browns will be without four players due to concussions. Taylor Gabriel, Andrew Hawkins, Justin Gilbert, and most importantly Joe Haden are the players who have already been ruled out on Sunday, all due to concussions. However, Joel Bitonio expects to return to the field against the Bengals to help carry the load with Geno Atkins in the middle. Bitonio is still questionable, though, it's safe to assume he's going to try and get on in the action.
After Austin Davis entered the game for Josh McCown on Monday, leaving Johnny Manziel on the bench as the third string quarterback he was made to be, Davis played pretty well. He even put the Browns in a position to win. He did it against the poor Ravens' defense, but still, it was quite the achievement as far as Browns' quarterbacks go. No matter what your opinion is on Manziel (everyone pretty much has their view decided) the Browns have to figure out what they have in their 2014 first round draft pick. The Browns have yet to find out what they have in Manziel and there isn't really a need to find out what they have in Davis. Whether the Browns are trying to make Manziel earn it or punish him, everyone involved, especially their fans, are losing.
Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5) vs Indianapolis Colts (6-5): Sunday 8:30 p.m. EST
Ben Roethlisberger passed the NFL's concussion protocol early in the week, which made it unlikely he would miss such an important game against the Colts on Sunday Night Football. Aside from Heath Miller being questionable, it looks like the Steelers will be at full strength. With each team needing a win, it looks like the Steelers easily have the advantage as far as health is concerned.
After Antwon Blake struggled mightily against the Seahawks, it was speculated that Brandon Boykin might receive more playing time. This was welcome news to many Steelers fans, considering they traded a fifth round pick for him, and it has been a mystery as to why he hasn't been playing. However, a change won't be coming, or at a minimum, the Steelers aren't announcing a change if it is coming. If Matt Hasselbeck lights the Steelers up on Sunday night, change might be inevitable next week when the Steelers head to Paul Brown Stadium to face the Bengals.