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Ravens change playoff picture?

Six Justin Tucker field goals -- including a 61-yarder with 38 seconds left -- were all the Baltimore Ravens needed on "Monday Night Football" to throw three playoff races for a loop. By beating the Detroit Lions 18-16, Baltimore moved to 8-6 and within one game of the Cincinnati Bengals atop the AFC North. By losing, Detroit fell to 7-7 and a surprising third in an NFC North Division it recently controlled. And then there's the AFC wild-card race, which still features three strong candidates -- four if you count Cincinnati -- fighting for one last spot. How will it all shake out?

  • Which team will win the AFC North?

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  • Which team will win the NFC North?

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  • Which of these teams will earn the last AFC wild-card spot?

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  • Which of these teams would be most dangerous in the playoffs?

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  • What are the chances the Patriots and Bengals don't both win their respective divisions?

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  • Will the Lions ever win a playoff game with Matthew Stafford as starting quarterback?

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  • Is Jim Schwartz on the hot seat?

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  • Will a kicker ever hit a 70-yard field goal in a game?

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NFL Week 15 -- Ravens at Lions

The Baltimore Ravens and Detroit Lions enter Monday with identical records, but not-so-identical situations. Detroit is tied atop -- and leads by tiebreaker -- the NFC North. Baltimore is second in the AFC North, tied for the conference's final playoff spot. Moreover, Detroit seems to be playing the most difficult of its final three games this weekend, while Baltimore's tall task is one of three on the way in. Which team stays above .500?

  • Which team will win tonight's game in Detroit? (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN/WatchESPN)

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

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  • Which team will win the NFC North?

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  • If the current AFC top five (DEN, NE, CIN, IND, KC) holds, which team will earn the sixth playoff spot?

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  • Will the Lions ever reach an NFC Championship Game with their current core?

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  • Will the Ravens play in another Super Bowl with Joe Flacco as quarterback?

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  • Who is the better quarterback?

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  • How much will Matt Elam's "pretty old" Calvin Johnson comments come back to haunt the Ravens this week?

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Do you like football in the snow?

For a while, no one could score. Then, no one could make a tackle. And the game we're describing -- the Baltimore Ravens' bizarre 29-26 victory over the Minnesota Vikings -- wasn't even the snowiest game of a flurry-filled Sunday. Those conditions hit Philadelphia, where the Eagles and Detroit Lions barely could see the ball for stretches -- and rarely kicked an extra point -- during the home team's eventual 34-20 win. Are you a fan of these conditions? Do you want them to hit Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium?

How do you feel about football played in highly snowy conditions?

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  • Would you attend a football game in snowy conditions?

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  • How big of a factor will the weather play in this season's Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium?

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  • Should the Super Bowl always be held in warm-weather or domed stadiums?

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  • What kind of weather are you hoping to see at this season's Super Bowl?

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Mike Tomlin fined $100K

Mike Tomlin said he didn't interfere with Jacoby Jones' kickoff return on purpose, but the NFL isn't letting him get away with it regardless. The league fined Tomlin $100,000 on Wednesday, one of the heftiest fines ever levied on an NFL head coach. Tomlin avoided suspension, but his line treading may come at a further cost to the Steelers -- the league is still considering whether the Steelers should lose out on draft picks next year. All that, and the Steelers still lost.

  • What do you make of the NFL fining Mike Tomlin $100,000 for interfering with Jacoby Jones' kickoff return?

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  • Do you believe Mike Tomlin when he said that he did not intentionally try to affect Jacoby Jones' kickoff return?

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  • What's your take on Mike Tomlin's sideline interference?

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  • Should the Steelers lose a draft pick due to Mike Tomlin interfering with Jacoby Jones' kickoff return?

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  • Which $100,000 fine on a coach was more justified?

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  • How much do you think it would hurt to be fined $100,000 when you make $5.75 million per year?

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While the Denver Broncos were taking control of the AFC West against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, the other three top AFC contenders took care of business to extend their leads atop their respective divisions. And although none has officially clinched, the Cincinnati Bengals (two games up), New England Patriots (three) and Indianapolis Colts (also three) seem destined to host playoff contests come January.

Elsewhere, the Miami Dolphins moved to .500 by hammering the New York Jets, while the Baltimore Ravens looked on after beating the rival Pittsburgh Steelers on Thanksgiving. Which wild-card contender will taste the postseason? How will the division leaders fare?


Patriots' outlook?

The Patriots moved to 9-3 on Sunday -- but had to eke out a win over Houston.

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How far will the Patriots go this season?

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Bengals' outlook?

The Bengals topped the host Chargers 17-10, moving them to 8-4 with three home games left.

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Colts' outlook?

Indy hasn't looked great of late but is 8-4 and should cruise to the AFC South title.

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How far will the Colts go this season?

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Last spot?

The Dolphins and Ravens are one game ahead of a four-team pack at 5-7.

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