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Ravens Should Be Pleased with Schedule

It’s been two days and I’m already sick of the whining.

Disrespect is a theme that is continually played over and over again. It applies to the pre-season, the regular season, the post-season and now with the creation of the schedule. Which by the way, I give credit to the NFL for building up the unveiling of the schedule as some sort of monolithic can’t miss television moment. It may soon surpass watching what ping pong ball gets chosen for the NBA draft as one of the more unimportant important sports events.

Let’s look at how well the Ravens did with this draw.

First, the league listened and granted their request not to open against the Steelers. Snicker if want Steeltown but the Ravens will be happy to beat up on Matt Cassell and the Chefs in the comfy confines of M & T Bank stadium. Last I checked division opponents still played twice on the schedule and instead of going to Pittsburgh for yet ANOTHER national game they instead will come to Baltimore for a Sunday Night tilt during Week 12. That rivalry game should also mean a lot more to the standings later in the season.

Second, Baltimore gets three national games, two on Monday night and one on Sunday. One of those three is at home. It’s just a minor complaint on my part but I would have liked to seen the Cleveland game on Monday at our place. It’s still a divisional game and if anyone watched the Browns-Giants MNF game last season knows why I don’t care for it. I don’t like giving a divisional foe any advantages at all. But as I said, its minor.

Third, with the luck of the rotation the Ravens get the AFC West and NFC Norris. That means overall they have the 28th strongest schedule in the league. You have plenty of teams that missed the playoff cut; Kansas City, New England, Green Bay, Detroit, and Oakland as well as rivals Cleveland and Cincinnati.

But, I also see plenty of pitfalls in this so called ‘soft” schedule. You have plenty of quality opponents and tough road trips in the early part of the season. The team travels to San Diego and New England in the first five weeks and will also go to Minnesota before the BYE week during week seven. (At least its not Week Two)

The back end has its share of problems as the Colts, Bears and Steelers will visit Baltimore with a few reprieves against the hapless Lions and finishing out against Oakland.

Fourth, the Ravens worst road swing is just two weeks. That makes last year’s schedule look like a cakewalk.  They also have 4 of the last 7 at home where they always play better.

So I don’t have anything to complain about. Now all they need to do is draft some solid talent and go out and play the games.

Only 149 days left!


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One Response to “Ravens Should Be Pleased with Schedule”

  1. steve says:

    I think we would have had a fourth but the Ravens requested not to have one at Pitt. so we can’t complain.

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