Ravens Schedule Released: Instant Reaction
Ravens Open In Baltimore, Play Rival On Christmas
Well my first reaction to the Ravens schedule is that it looks like it works out pretty well for the purple and black. Dallas is the farthest West the team travels; we know the West Coast trips didn’t behoove the Ravens in 2015. There aren’t any patches of the season that seem like an impossible gauntlet. The Ravens have a nice stretch after their Oct. 30 Bye Week, where 4 of 5 games are at home.
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The biggest news here is that the Ravens travel to Pittsburgh on Christmas to battle the Steelers. It seems odd that on a day for family and love, two bitter rivals face off. There is no love in this matchup. A win would give the Ravens a very merry Christmas, a loss would pretty much be worse than getting coal under the Christmas tree.
The Ravens open the season at home, which is always a plus. This season opener will be interesting, because the Ravens play the Buffalo Bills. With Rex Ryan and Ed Reed coaching, plus Tyrod Taylor as the Bills quarterback, this is a bit of a Ravens reunion. There will be a lot of sentimental emotions in the building for Ryan and Reed.
Last season started out with a tough gauntlet of a schedule. This season starts off with the Bills. Then the Ravens go on the road to battle the Cleveland Browns and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Next the Ravens host the Raiders and then the Redskins. It isn’t impossible to say that the Ravens could start the season off 5-0. There certainly wouldn’t be an excuse for a poor start to the season.
The Ravens tests come later in the season. The Nov. 20th battle in Dallas against the Cowboys could be quite the showdown. Remember if Tony Romo plays, the Cowboys are tough to beat. The Ravens final six game include two battles with the Bengals, the Steelers holiday brawl, and a date in Foxboro to take on the New England Patriots. While the schedule is far from brutal, they will be a proven squad if they make the postseason.
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