1. Baltimore Ravens (7-5)
The Kansas City Chiefs take on the Baltimore Ravens next week at home in a game that could shift the entire balance of the AFC. On paper, you likely would not give the Ravens much of a chance, especially considering that the team was 4-5 before going on this nice three-game winning streak.
The Ravens have a decision to make in Lamar Jackson or Joe Flacco at quarterback and that decision could make the difference. Flacco is the experienced vet that knows what it takes to win and was the starter for the first nine games.
However, it is impossible to deny the three-game winning streak that the Ravens are riding and the fact that Jackson is playing pretty good. With the Chargers win over the Steelers, the Ravens have a pretty good shot at winning the AFC North, especially considering the Steelers still have to play the Saints and the Patriots.
If this was in Baltimore I would give the Ravens a much better chance of winning this game. It is going to be significantly harder with it in Kansas City.
However, the Ravens matchup nicely with the Chiefs and have the ability to neutralize what the Chiefs are best at — giving the ball to Patrick Mahomes and scoring a lot of points.
With Lamar Jackson under center and the emergence of running back Gus Edwards, the Ravens can run the ball, control the clock and take the ball out of Mahomes’ hands. Without Hunt, the Ravens can focus more on the passing game and can play a “bend, don’t break” defense that leads to field goals, not touchdowns.
If the Ravens are going to win this game they are going to have to give to plan a very similar gameplan to the Dallas Cowboys’ plan over the Saints. If properly executed, the Ravens can shock the Chiefs and make the Week 15 game against the Chargers for the division.