Why it's not smart to crown Ravens, bury Patriots – Yardbarker

Much can change in a month in the NFL. In November, the Ravens were building steam, but they were still thought of as an upstart Super Bowl contender, even after beating the previously unbeaten Patriots in Week 9, 37-20.  Fast forward to Week 13: By defeating the 49ers (10-2) on Sunday, Baltimore ran its winning streak to eight games. Six of the victories in that run are against teams that would make the playoffs if the season ended today. In a 28-22 loss at Houston on Sunday night, offensive woes finally seemed to catch up with the Patriots. And so a conversation that once featured Baltimore as best hope to unseat New England (10-2) has suddenly shifted to the Ravens (10-2) as AFC Super Bowl favorite.  “Don’t Look Now, But Lamar Jackson and the Ravens Are the NFL’s Top Team,” Albert Breer’s Monday Morning Quarterback column proclaims on the Sports Illustrated web site. But let’s not anoint the Ravens as champs with four weeks left in the regular season and the playoffs set for January.   For starters, let’s

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