James Lofton Sees Potential For Upsets In AFC Playoffs

The Ravens and Patriots are seemingly on an AFC Championship collision course, but don't be surprised if another team spoils the party

The DA Show
November 22, 2019 - 11:06 am

Four days after losing to the Baltimore Ravens 41-7, the Houston Texans beat the Colts 20-17 to grab control of the AFC South.

The Texans (7-4) are currently the 3-seed in the AFC, but are they a legitimate threat to the Patriots (9-1) or Ravens (8-2)?

“You can be a threat anytime you enter the playoffs,” NFL on CBS analyst James Lofton said on The DA Show. “You just don’t know how that game is going to turn. We see it in college basketball when the tournament starts and the 1-seed plays the 16-seed and all of a sudden with two minutes to play it’s a three-point game. I think that’s what you’re looking for when you’re the No. 6 or No. 5 seed in the playoffs and you’ve had a 9-7 and 10-6 team and you’re matched up against somebody who’s gone 14-2 and everybody figures, ‘They’ve got home-field advantage. They’ve got all the great players.’ Well, you’re not that far apart. Every once in a while you get that team that is the up-and-comer and they upset the team that has the home-field advantage.”

The Ravens beat the Patriots 37-20 in Week 9. Still, the road to the Super Bowl might still go through Foxboro – literally. The Patriots have hosted the AFC Championship in five of the last eight seasons.

Is Baltimore officially the best team in the league?

“I think you still have to beat last year’s champion, and if you can do that during the regular season, then you have a shot,” Lofton said. “Because everybody starts to believe in you and even your players start to believe that they can get it done. But when you’re looking at the Ravens, because they have a history – they have this glorious past. And when they can trot out Ed Reed or Ray Lewis for some pregame pyrotechnics and get that crowd juiced up, that’s a source of past pride. That’s kind of what you want as you’re waltzing into the playoffs. You want to be able to take some of your past in with you to be able to intimidate your opponent.”