Ravens Need a Fast Start Given 2014 Schedule

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For the third time in the last four regular seasons, the Ravens will open at home against an AFC North rival when the defending division champion Cincinnati Bengals head into town for a 1PM showdown on September 7.

The Ravens will follow up the season home opener with another home game on September 11 against their archrival Pittsburgh Steelers during the very first CBS-TV/Thursday night game with broadcaster Jim Nantz and Phil Simms on the call.

The Ravens will stay in their division for Game 3 in Cleveland, just the third time in team history that they’ve opened a season with 3 consecutive AFC North games. Each time (2004 and 2008) they started 2-1.

Beginning with the game against the Browns in Cleveland the Ravens will play 5 of their next 7 games on the road.

OTHER SCHEDULE NOTES & OBSERVATIONS

  • The Ravens will play three nationally televised game (barring flexing), one at home (Steelers) and two on the road (Steelers and Saints).
  • Seven of the teams eight home games are 1PM starts (barring flexing).
  • The Ravens visit Tampa this season on October 12. It will be the Bucs first home game following three consecutive road games in Atlanta, Pittsburgh and New Orleans.
  • The Bye week is favorably placed (November 16)
  • The Dolphins host the Ravens after Miami makes two consecutive road trips to Denver and New York (Jets).
  • The Texans host the Ravens after Houston makes two consecutive road trips against division rivals Jacksonville and Indianapolis.
  • The Ravens will play six games against 2013 playoff teams: Carolina, Cincinnati (twice), Indianapolis, New Orleans and San Diego.
  • The Ravens will finish the regular season at home against the Browns for the first time in four years, each of the previous 3 campaigns ending in Cincinnati.

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11 Raves on “Ravens Need a Fast Start Given 2014 Schedule

    • cheri on said:

      9-5 you missed 2 games somewhere.
      I will go with 9-7 and missing the playoffs as well.Though there is a handfull of games that can go either way so 7 wins low end 11 wins high end.

  1. JerryB on said:

    This appears to be a relatively “easy” schedule, but a fast start is always important. I like the “mini-bye” between the 2nd and 3rd games and, what appears at first glance to be an easy final 4 games. No reason this team can’t make it back to the playoffs with a 10-6 record……..

  2. cheri on said:

    Tony can you give me a reason that you can think of that a small market team that has missed the playoffs 3 out of 4 years and had back to back 8-8 finishes continue to get 5 prime games as is the case with the Steelers?? I dare anyone to tell the NFL does not look at them as one of their darling teams,it would foolish not to think so.

    • 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.

    • Tony LombardiTony Lombardi on said:

      Mike the league has some sort of funky flex scheduling going on and while in the past when an NFC team visited, Fox would broadcast, I don’t think it’s the same anymore. I need to wrap my mind around it all still.

      That said, this schedule came from NFL.com

  3. Cheri on said:

    Yes I know they talked about that on the NFL Network. It’s like the Bears and Lion game on Thanksgiving it’s going to be on CBS instead of FOX. This is something I guess we will have to get use to.

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