Wake-up caw: Ravens' playoff odds
The Ravens have a 36.9 percent chance of reaching the postseason. Miami, at 52.9 percent, is the favorite for the conference's second wild-card spot.
It's an Insider post, but here's an excerpt of what Football Outsiders wrote:
"Baltimore's remaining schedule includes three prospective playoff teams (Detroit, New England, Cincinnati), including two of the top three seeds in the AFC. Baltimore's 1.0 projected wins over the final three weeks ranks 30th in the league, and the Ravens figure to be underdogs in each of their remaining games."
The Dolphins' final three games are home against New England, at Buffalo and home against the New York Jets.
Here's the rest of your wake-up caw ...
- Wide receiver Torrey Smith told Fox Sports that throwing snowballs at the Vikings on Sunday was "not a proud moment of our fans because we feel like we have the best fans in the league. It wasn’t all of them, but we’re better than that. We know that and we got to do better.”
- The Baltimore Sun's Mike Preston has a theory on why quarterback Joe Flacco plays so well at the end of games. "Flacco clearly plays better the less he thinks," Preston wrote.
- Our friends at Pro Football Focus came out with its assessment of Sunday's game against the Vikings. Flacco was the highest-graded player on offense, and safety James Ihedigbo was tops on defense. The lowest-graded players were tight end Ed Dickson and inside linebacker Jameel McClain.
- Assistant offensive-line coach Todd Washington has been offered the job coaching the offensive line at USC, according to The Baltimore Sun.