Jan 10, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) celebrates in front of New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones (95) after the Ravens
Best case: 11-5, win AFC North and AFC Championship, securing a Super Bowl berth
Worst case: 8-8, miss playoffs
Record prediction: 9-7, secure Wild Card playoff bid, lose in AFC Championship game
First, let me get this out of the way. The Ravens have a brutal, brutal schedule ahead of them. It’s not like they get a chance to build up to it either, as they must face the Broncos, Bengals, and Steelers in the first 3 of 4 games. All of those games are on the road as well.
They also end the year with an even more brutal 5 game stretch: on the road to face the Dolphins, at home versus the Seahawks, Chiefs, and Steelers, and then on the road to close things out against the Bengals.
I’m not saying they’re going to lose all of those games, but it won’t be easy. This is the same team that needed a late season rally to secure a playoff spot last year. And they had some ugly games in between.
Having said that, the Ravens can easily be one of the NFL’s best in 2015. If the offense doesn’t skip a beat from last year’s performance and the secondary stays healthy, I fully expect it. But as we all know, nothing in the NFL is guaranteed.
That uncertainty is what makes us love this game so much. Everybody’s headed to the Super Bowl in the offseason, every team’s fans have hope for a brighter future. Unfortunately for the Ravens, the expectations are just a little higher.
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