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Ravens secure AFC #1 Seed

The Baltimore Ravens had a tough 1st half in Cleveland in Week 16. Nevertheless, their 31-15 victory over the Browns seals their position as the #1 seed in the AFC.

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 22: Mark Ingram II #21 of the Baltimore Ravens breaks a tackle by Sheldrick Redwine #29 of the Cleveland Browns during the third quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 22, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. Baltimore defeated Cleveland 31-15. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

QB Lamar Jackson, HB Mark Ingram, and numerous of other pro bowlers on the Ravens roster have aspirations beyond being on a top-rated team in the 2019-20 regular season. They clearly have their eyes on an NFL Championship.

Year-after-year, NFL fans are forced to watch the New England Patriots host the AFC Championship game. This year, if the Ravens win in the divisional round, they'll be the AFC team hosting the Championship.

Last season, the Kansas City Chiefs hosted the AFC Championship but fell just short against a determined New England Patriots football team. The Baltimore Ravens defeated the Patriots earlier in the regular season. The 1st match-up took place at M&T Bank stadium and head coach Jon Haurbaugh wanted to be sure that his team wouldn't play a single post-season game away from their home field. Those initiatives have been achieved by the Ravens in this years campaign.

NFL films had Lamar Jackson mic'd up in Week 15 when the Ravens blasted the New York Jets. A sound bite caught Jackson referring to the weather saying that it was "cold." Cold weather is simply a part for post-season football in the NFL. I'm not sure if the Ravens will be able to bully opponents in the post-season the way they have this entire season.

I believe the biggest threat to the Ravens in the AFC is the Kansas City Chiefs. If the Chiefs happen to fall the 4th seed, don't be surprised if the Ravens and Chiefs are lined up against each other in the AFC divisional round.

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