Baltimore Ravens 2015 Schedule is 11th Hardest in the NFL


Jan 10, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) throws the ball in the fourth quarter during the 2014 AFC Divisional playoff football game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Every year, we tend to look long and hard at the NFL’s strength of schedule.  But does it deserve that much attention?  Teams often change so much from year to year that by the end of the season, the degree of difficulty on any team’s schedule is often unrecognizable from what it looked like in the preseason.

Regardless, it’s always interesting to take a peek, even before the actual schedule comes out.  We do know who each team’s opponents will be next season, so we are able to put together a strength of schedule list.  For the teams of the AFC North, arguably the best division in the NFL last season, things are looking pretty brutal.

The Steelers have the toughest schedule of all 32 teams, facing a group with a combined winning percentage of .579.  The Bengals are number two at .563, the Browns are ninth at .543. and the Ravens are 11th at .539.  Much of this has something to do with the fact that they must play each other twice, of course.

The AFC North also faces off with the AFC West, which features premium opponents like the Broncos, Chiefs, and Chargers.  All three won 9+ games last season.  The Ravens must also face the Super Bowl losing Seahawks and the annually tough Arizona Cardinals.  All of these teams are pretty good bets to be tough opponents once again in 2015.

If the Ravens are going to contend for another Super Bowl title this coming season, they will have to do it the hard way.  While I usually pay little attention to strength of schedule, it’s hard to believe that most of the team’s 2015 opponents are going to regress in a big way this coming season.  But hey, you have to beat the best to be the best, right?

Here’s the entire 2015 NFL strength of schedule for all 32 teams:

TeamRecord of 2015 opponentsStrength of Schedule
Pittsburgh Steelers147-107-2.579
Cincinnati Bengals144-112.563
San Francisco 49ers143-112-1.561
Seattle Seahawks142-112-2.559
Arizona Cardinals142-113-1.557
St. Louis Rams141-114-1.553
Oakland Raiders139-116-1.545
Kansas City Chiefs139-116-1.545
Cleveland Browns138-116-2.543
Denver Broncos138-117-1.541
Baltimore Ravens137-117-2.539
Minnesota Vikings138-118.539
Chicago Bears136-120.531
Green Bay Packers135-120-1.529
Detroit Lions135-121.527
San Diego Chargers132-123-1.518
Miami Dolphins126-130.492
New York Jets125-131.488
Buffalo Bills124-131-1.486
New York Giants122-133-1.478
New England Patriots122-134.477
Philadelphia Eagles121-134-1.475
Dallas Cowboys119-136-1.467
Jacksonville Jaguars118-137-1.463
Tennessee Titans111-144-1.435
Carolina Panthers111-145.434
New Orleans Saints109-145-2.429
Tampa Bay Buccaneers108-146-2.425
Houston Texans106-148-2.417
Indianapolis Colts106-149-1.417
Atlanta Falcons104-150-2.409

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