The Baltimore Ravens’ 2021 schedule was launched together with the remainder of the NFL slate on Wednesday.
The 2021 NFL season will kick off on Thursday, Sept. 9 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers internet hosting the Dallas Cowboys (8:20 p.m. ET). ESPN’s Monday Night time Soccer opener on Sept. 13 will characteristic the Las Vegas Raiders internet hosting the Ravens (8:15 p.m. ET).
The NFL will change its schedule for the primary time in 44 years, increasing to 17 regular-season video games. The ultimate regular-season video games shall be performed Jan. 9, 2022. The playoffs start Jan. 15, 2022 and proceed by way of Tremendous Bowl LVI on Feb. 13, 2022 at Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium.
Here is what’s in retailer for the Ravens:
Sept. 13: at Las Vegas (MNF)
Sept. 19: vs. Kansas Metropolis (SNF)
Sept. 26: at Detroit
Oct. 3: at Denver
Oct. 11: vs. Indianapolis (MNF)
Oct. 17: vs. L.A. Chargers
Oct. 24: vs. Cincinnati
Oct. 31: Bye
Nov. 7: vs. Minnesota
Nov. 11: at Miami (TNF)
Nov. 21: at Chicago
Nov. 28: vs. Cleveland (SNF)
Dec. 5: at Pittsburgh
Dec. 12: at Cleveland
Dec. 19: vs. Inexperienced Bay
Dec. 26: at Cincinnati
Jan. 2: vs. L.A. Rams
Jan. 9: vs. Pittsburgh
Energy of schedule: 2nd, .563
Ravens GM Eric DeCosta just lately stated he first appears to be like at December when the schedule is launched. What he noticed this yr is a make-or-break month if Baltimore needs to seize its third AFC North title in 4 seasons. For the primary time in franchise historical past, all the Ravens’ divisional highway video games are in a single month (December). This comes after Baltimore goes in opposition to one AFC North crew within the first 11 weeks of the season.
General, Baltimore faces a 2020 playoff crew in six of its ultimate seven video games — which is far completely different than a yr in the past, when the Ravens had the NFL’s best schedule down the stretch. The beginning of the season isn’t precisely a breeze, both. The Ravens are on the highway for 3 of their first 4 video games for the primary time since 2015, which is coach John Harbaugh’s solely shedding season (5-11) in Baltimore.
One storyline to look at
The schedule makers did not do the Ravens any favors in opposition to the Chiefs and Browns. Lamar Jackson has but to beat the Chiefs in three conferences, and it’ll be a stiffer problem to take action this yr in opposition to the crew that has gained the AFC the previous two years. Baltimore performs host to Kansas Metropolis after opening the season at Las Vegas. This implies enjoying Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs on a brief week after taking a cross-country, red-eye flight.
The shortage of relaxation might additionally come into play in Week 14, when Baltimore travels to Cleveland. The week earlier than (Week 13), the Browns are on a bye whereas the Ravens play on the Steelers in one of the crucial bodily rivalries within the NFL. This sport might give Baltimore or Cleveland the within observe to the AFC North title.
What Vegas thinks
The oddsmakers have the Ravens’ win whole at 11. This appears to be like like a push, so long as the Ravens maintain enterprise at M&T Financial institution Stadium. This is among the hardest residence schedules in crew historical past: six of the 9 groups enjoying in Baltimore made the postseason final yr. However the Ravens have the NFL’s third-best residence document (77-27) since Harbaugh grew to become coach in 2008.
The Ravens will sweep their December division highway journeys to Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Cincinnati. How daring is that this? The Ravens have gone undefeated on the highway within the AFC North solely twice (2011 and 2019). However Jackson has proven that he performs his finest on the finish of the common season. He has gained his previous 11 begins in December, producing a league-high whole QBR (78.5) and scoring essentially the most whole touchdowns (31).