Poll: Ravens' toughest remaining game

December, 11, 2013
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As everyone knows by now, the Baltimore Ravens have a brutal finish to their regular-season schedule. They play division leaders in their final three games: at the Detroit Lions, home against the New England Patriots and at the Cincinnati Bengals.

John Eisenberg, a longtime and respected columnist who writes for the team's official website, made a case for Monday night's game at Detroit as being the toughest one remaining on the Ravens' schedule.

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Which is the toughest of the Ravens' remaining three games?

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"The Lions are a division-leading team with a big-play quarterback, Matt Stafford, and football’s best receiver, Calvin Johnson," Eisenberg writes. "They put up a lot of points, especially at home, and frequently get into 'track meet' games – not exactly the Ravens' sweet spot this year with their offense ranked in the bottom third of the league in yardage and points."

While all of this is true, I would contend that the Lions game is the easiest one left on the schedule. The Lions have tons of talent, but they lack discipline and have lost three of their past four games. Detroit hasn't been dominant at home, either. The Lions have lost twice there, including to last-place Tampa Bay, and they almost fell at home to Dallas.

Playing against Tom Brady and then in Cincinnati, where Joe Flacco and the Ravens have struggled, appear to be bigger challenges on paper.

What are your thoughts on the Ravens' final three games? After you record your vote, send a comment to the mailbag by clicking right here. It could be used on the Ravens blog later this week.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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