Playoff Berths Up For Grabs

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Joe Flacco needs to lift for Baltimore. Image courtesy of theaustralian.com.au
A month ago Detroit looked set for a postseason berth but three losses in four games, including last week’s 34-20 loss to Philadelphia in a blizzard at Lincoln Financial Field, has the Lions teetering on the brink of playoff oblivion. After last week’s horrid conditions, it will be a welcome relief to Detroit that it plays its final three matches of the regular season at home, including Tuesday morning’s (AEST) clash with reigning Super Bowl champion, Baltimore .

The Ravens are also in the chase for a postseason spot thanks to a three-game winning streak, but all of those victories came at home in Baltimore. The Ravens are 6-1 there this season but 1-5 on the road. Of their six losses this season, only two have come by more than three points .

Baltimore faced to league’s best running back Adrian Peterson last weekend, now it’s another battle for the defence coming up against the NFL’s top receiver, Calvin Johnson . He’s a massive reason why Detroit is ranked sixth in the league in points per game and third in passing yards per game. Running back Reggie Bush could return from a calf injury which adds another dimension to the Lions’ offence.

Joe Flacco threatened to join the league’s elite group of quarterbacks after his stunning playoff run last year, but this season he has dropped back to be the same old Joe Flacco most people know. Statistically, it’s the worst of his NFL career with 17 picks so far this campaign. The return of tight end Dennis Pitta last week seemed to speak Flacco with the veteran catching six passes including a fourth quarter touchdown throw. His presence opens up space downfield for fleet-footed receiver Torrey Smith .

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