Analyzing The Schedules of AFC North Rivals

DeAngelo Tyson, Andy Dalton
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Now that the schedule-makers have had their say, it’s time to break down the schedules of the Ravens’ AFC North rivals a little more closely.

Among the most notable aspects of this year’s schedule is that the AFC North race could have a lot of clarity early, with the Ravens playing both games against Cincinnati and the Steelers and one against Cleveland before Week 9.

Here are a few other key schedule highlights for each of the other AFC North teams:

CINCINNATI BENGALS (Complete schedule):

For the third time in seven years, the Bengals open at M&T Bank Stadium against the Ravens. That’s a tough Week 1 draw for anyone. Unlike the Ravens, who will see the Steelers twice in the first nine weeks, the Bengals won’t face Pittsburgh at all until December. Then the Bengals and Steelers square off twice in the final four weeks, including the season finale at Pittsburgh. The Bengals have an early bye in Week 4, but that gives them a long week before facing the Patriots in Week 5.

CLEVELAND BROWNS (Complete schedule):

The Browns have a new coach and major questions at quarterback, but won’t exactly have the luxury of easing into the season as they face the Steelers, Saints and Ravens in the first three weeks, albeit the latter two at home. The middle of the schedule is favorable, but the Browns face a brutal final month, facing Indianapolis and Cincinnati at home before ending the season at Carolina and at Baltimore. A Week 4 bye means no rest for the weary late in the season, which could make that last month seem even longer.

To see how the Pittsburgh Steelers schedule and their FIVE Prime Time games shake out CLICK HERE

3 Raves on “Analyzing The Schedules of AFC North Rivals

  1. cheri on said:

    Tell me again anyone that the NFL does not look at the steelers as one of their darlings.
    Interesting that a team misses the playoffs 3 out of 4 years and back to back 8-8 finishes and they still get 5 prime games. Give me a f’—-’ break.

    • Tony LombardiTony Lombardi on said:

      If they didn’t draw an audience the NFL wouldn’t do it. You might argue that the Steelers are one of the league’s darlings but if their ratings tanked, the league would find a new darling. The real darling is money.

      • cherI on said:

        Tony I would not argue that they do have the most loyal following fan base in the nfl.It’s just frustrating as a fan to see mediocrity get treated.Not just them but the Cowboys,redskins,jets.etc.etc.etc.

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