Not So Fast Seabass. Babes Loves The 2014 Ravens Schedule. Here’s Why.

Featured, Sports and Bets — April 24, 2014 at 7:04 pm by

by Babes

Wow, for once the Ravens don’t have a schedule that sticks it up their ass.  Playing a third place schedule, they have the fifth easiest slate in the NFL based on last year’s results.  Most importantly, the Ravens schedule starts and ends quite favorably.

The Ravens have a divisional home opener against the Bengals, then immediately follow that up with a date with the Steelers at M&T four days later.  I’m actually a fan of this because we have both games at home, and we get our Thursday night game out of the way early.  This ensures we really don’t have another short week left in the season other than after the Monday Night game in New Orleans.

Drew Breezy….

The first road game is Week 3 in Cleveland, and the weather will still be nice.  This ensures they won’t have to deal with the swirling winds and bitter cold December Cleveland temperatures.  That contest is followed up by a home game in the Steve Smith Bowl against the Panthers.  This first quarter sets up perfectly for a 3-1 or even a 4-0 start and a leg up in the division.

Next is where the schedule gets touchy for Baltimore.  They spend four of the next five games on the road.  In this stretch the Ravens visit Indy, a much improved Tampa team,  Cincinnati, and there’s also a prime time Sunday night clash with the Steelers.  A must win home game against Matt Ryan and the Falcons is sandwiched in between these four tough road games.  A 3-2 or even 2-3 stretch here would keep the Ravens in the driver’s seat for both the division and the playoffs, because from this point on, the Ravens will only play two playoff teams from last season.

Down the stretch for the Ravens is a winnable home game against the Titans,  followed by a nice late season bye week.  That gives the Ravens two weeks to prepare for the tough Monday Night game in the Big Easy, the third, and final ,prime time game for Baltimore.  The season ends on a five game stretch that includes three home games, and two road games in ideal weather condition stadiums in Miami and in the dome in Houston.

At least usually ideal in Miami…

I see a very good chance at 11-5 or even 12-4 with this schedule. If the Ravens can survive that tough five game span mid-season, the rest of the year sets up perfectly to make a strong run at a top seed in the AFC playoff picture.

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