Week Three: vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Oct 26, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Baltimore Ravens defensive end Haloti Ngata (92) knocks the ball away from Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) during the fourth quarter at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
The Bengals aren’t the Bungles anymore, but they are only 1-3 against the Ravens in Baltimore during the Andy Dalton era. I don’t anticipate things getting any easier for them in 2015, especially if the Ravens elite pass rush and run stopping defense carries over from last year, which I expect it to.
Prediction: Ravens 23, Bengals 17 (2-1)
Week Four: @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Jan 3, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) is sacked by Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw (91) and Ravens outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil (58) in the fourth quarter in the 2014 AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Heinz Field. The Ravens won 30-17. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Of course, the Ravens would have to face the Steelers in Le’Veon Bell’s first game back from his three game suspension. And the Ravens have never won a Thursday night game on the road. I hate to be so negative, but things aren’t looking good for a Ravens sweep of their most bitter rival in 2015.
Prediction: Steelers 27, Ravens 21 (2-2)
Week Five: vs. Cleveland Browns
Dec 28, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Kamar Aiken (11) catches a touchdown in front of Cleveland Browns cornerback Buster Skrine (22) during the fourth quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
We don’t know who will be under center for the Browns this season, and in all likelihood it will be at least 2-3 different quarterbacks. It really doesn’t matter, because the Browns have yet to beat the Ravens in Baltimore during the John Harbaugh era. Don’t expect that to change this year, no matter who they task with throwing the football.
Prediction: Ravens 31, Browns 13 (3-2)
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