Ravens: 2015 among toughest schedules since 2008

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Nov 9, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett (29) high fives fans from the stands after defeating the Tennessee Titans 21-7 at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

5. 2014 schedule

The Ravens had a solid attack in 2014, but the lack of a strong secondary unit really took its toll on the team. Injuries had an impact too as Jimmy Smith and Dennis Pitta went down with season ending injuries.

To make matters worse, it’s not like their schedule got any easier despite their adversity. Last year had to be one of the most competitive seasons among the AFC North Division that we ever witnessed as the torch was passed left and right throughout the course of a long season. The playoff race among that division literally went down to the wire, not being set in stone until the end of Week 17.

The Ravens started off the season with three consecutive divisional games, dropping their opener to the Bengals at home. Baltimore ended the first half of their season with three losses, which put some pressure on them moving to the second half. The battle-tested Ravens were able to clinch a last-minute playoff spot though after ending the season with a win against the Browns, a game that could have kept them out of the playoffs for two consecutive seasons.

The Ravens defeated the Steelers in impressive fashion in a hostile environment and Pittsburgh had just clinched the No. 1 spot in the division just days before getting bumped out of the playoffs. Even though the Ravens would lose a close one to the Patriots, who went on to win the Super Bowl, they still held two 14-point leads in that game.

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