A Way Too Early Preview Of The Ravens 2017 Schedule
The Home Games
- AFC East equivalent finisher
Pretty favorable home schedule if you ask me. You have to be pretty confident if you are a Ravens fan, especially since they went 6-2 at home this season.
Chicago has been a complete mess this year. They will have decisions to make at the quarterback position after Jay Cutler returns from injury. Their offense has potential but wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is going to be a free agent next year. What I have seen from them this year does not scare me whatsoever.
Head coach Jim Caldwell will make his return to Baltimore after winning a Super Bowl as the offensive coordinator in 2012. Detroit has been a surprise team this season and currently are atop of the NFC North. Matthew Stafford is slinging the ball and is the king of 4th quarter comebacks this season. With the return of Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick from injury, the Lions could be even more dangerous come next season. Luckily for the Ravens, the Lions have not fared well outside of their dome, only going 2-3 this season on the road.
Houston and Indianapolis have both under-performed in a crappy AFC South conference. Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler was benched in their 21-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Who knows what their quarterback situation will be at the beginning of next season. If they don’t have a viable arm to throw to their receivers then I like the Ravens chances.
The Colts have been just as inconsistent as the Ravens this season, so it is always hard to measure how they will play. Quarterback Andrew Luck plays well when he is not getting pummeled from opposing defenses.
Right now, the AFC East equivalent would be the Miami Dolphins, who the Ravens already blew out at home this season. If the Ravens win the division, that would be a different story. Then we would see the New England Patriots coming into town. I’ll take a game against the Dolphins over the Patriots any day of the week.