Video: Ravens Control Playoff Destiny With Toughest Portion Of Schedule Looming

Todd Karpovich

The The Ravens (3-2) took over sole possession of first place in the AFC North after the Browns (2-3) dropped their Monday night game to the 49ers.

The Ravens have some momentum heading into a Week 6 matchup against the winless Cincinnati Bengals.

From there, the schedule gets much tougher. 

Baltimore plays the Seahawks, Patriots, Texans, Rams, 49ers and Bills over the next eight week. The Ravens will have to stack wins to stay atop the division and in position to make the playoffs for a second straight season.

Cleveland has a much easier time with its second-half with two games against both the Bengals (0-5) and Steelers (1-4) with other matchups against the Cardinals (1-3-1) and Dolphins (0-4). 

Ravens coach John Harbaugh is just focused on the game in front of him. S record of (8-8) could be enough to win the AFC North with both the Bengals (0-5) and Steelers (1-4) struggling out of the game. 

“We know our upcoming opponent – the Bengals – are very talented,” Harbaugh said. “We know we always play knock-down, drag-out games with them. We know their players. We know their character. We’re going to be preparing to play our best game, because we’re going to have to [play our best game] to win the game.”