With all the complaining about how bad this season has been, we often forget that we'll be right back here complaining about how the season needs to start again in a few more months. Now that the 2015 NFL season is coming to a close and the Baltimore Ravens aren't in the playoff hunt, we'll take a look at the remaining two games and some of the fun Ravens fans can still have.
Week 16: Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens
The second matchup for this season and one that means everything to the Steelers. In order to clinch a playoff berth this week, the Steelers need to beat the Ravens first and hope that the New York Jets lose to the Patriots. However, the Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals both have something to gain with the Steelers losing this week. The Chiefs could push the Steelers out of the playoffs if they beat the Cleveland Browns and the Ravens take care of business at home, something everyone in Baltimore would be happy to parade around even in the abysmal season.
It will be tough as the Steelers are on fire offensively right now. Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown are doing everything they can to set franchise records and put Brown into the record books in the single season receiving yards slot. Pittsburgh desperately wants to not only get into the playoffs but avenge their week 4 loss to the Ravens that gave Joe Flacco and company their first win of the season.
Week 17: Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals
This will be an interesting matchup because who knows if the Bengals will put their starters out there or not. Depending on how things shake down in week 16, Cincinnati could have won the AFC North and clinched a first-round bye. At that point, why risk injury to players you will definitely need in a few weeks time?
If the Bengals can't beat the Broncos and the Steelers beat the Ravens in week 16, then the game becomes interesting for a completely different reason. The Bengals would need to win the game to assure themselves a better seeding and would have their starters out there. This would mean that the Ravens would see backup quarterback A.J. McCarron for the first time this season, something they wish they had the first time around when they lost by only 4 points.
While the Bengals already have a playoff spot guaranteed for themselves heading into week 16 against the Broncos, a Baltimore win would keep it from being a sweep and would mess up the final playoff seeding. It would be a fitting farewell as this would be the last time some of the players would be wearing a Ravens uniform.