What games Ravens are monitoring

The Baltimore Ravens (7-6) don't play until Monday night, but there are three Sunday games that bear watching:

New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.: If the Dolphins (7-6) win, they climb a half-game ahead of the Ravens for the last playoff spot in the AFC. If Miami loses, it falls a half-game back of the Ravens with remaining games at the Buffalo Bills and home against the Jets. The Dolphins lost at the Patriots, 27-17, on Oct. 27.

New York Jets at Carolina Panthers, 4:05 p.m.: If the Jets (6-7) win, they pull within a half-game of the Ravens. If New York loses, it drops to 1 1/2 games back of the Ravens with two weeks remaining. The Jets have lost their last three games on the road.

Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:30 p.m.: If the Bengals (9-4) win, they extend their AFC North lead to 2 1/2 games of the Ravens and can clinch the division with a Baltimore loss at Detroit. If Cincinnati loses and Baltimore wins, the Ravens will close to one game of the Bengals with two weeks left. The Bengals are looking for their first season sweep of the Steelers since 2009.