OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — After all they've been through this season, the Baltimore Ravens are right where they need to be with four games left on the schedule.
The defending Super Bowl champions are riding their first winning streak since September, a two-game run that has put them atop the scramble for the AFC's second wild-card slot. Baltimore and Miami are both 6-6, but the Ravens own the tiebreaker by virtue of their 26-23 victory over the Dolphins in October.
If they win out, the Ravens are assured a sixth straight trip to the playoffs.
"We're excited about where we're at," coach John Harbaugh said Monday. "You can't really look back and say we wish this would have happened or we wish that would have happened. What's happened has happened, good and not so good."
The Ravens have yet to get their running game going, are 1-5 on the road and just two weeks ago were two games under .500 after losing four of five. All of that is now meaningless.
"We are position to control our own destiny," Harbaugh said. "That is what you try to accomplish going into December. Now it's up to us to make the most of it."
The Ravens still have a shot at winning the AFC North — they trail Cincinnati by two games — but their most likely route to the postseason is as the final wild card. Entering Thanksgiving weekend, six teams were tied at 5-6. But Baltimore's 22-20 victory over Pittsburgh on Thanksgiving night created some separation, and by Sunday night only two of those six teams were at 6-6.
Harbaugh spent part of Sunday watching football on television. Several games had a direct bearing on the Ravens, such as the Bengals vs. Chargers and Jets vs. Dolphins.
"Everybody is playing everybody right now. A lot of times, it helps us either way and it hurts us both ways," he said. "It doesn't really matter. That fact of the matter is, what matters is us. We just have to win. If we win games, things are going to work out for us. If we don't, things are going to be tough. We have to take care of ourselves."