Baltimore Ravens schedule: Optimistically looking ahead

Ravens, Lamar Jackson (Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images)
Ravens, Lamar Jackson (Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images) /

The Baltimore Ravens have won five straight games. Can they keep this winning streak going? Let’s look ahead at the Ravens schedule.

It can’t be said that the Baltimore Ravens haven’t beaten anybody. They took down the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks. The Ravens win against the Pittsburgh Steelers looks better than it did at the time. Pittsburgh has won four straight games and just took down the Los Angeles Rams. The Ravens are 7-2 and the five game winning streak has been incredibly impressive. Can they keep it up?

The Ravens next test is a game against the Houston Texans. The Texans lead the AFC South with a 6-3 record and Deshaun Watson is an MVP candidate. The good news for the Ravens is that they play the Texans in Baltimore. M&T Bank Stadium came alive against the Patriots; Baltimore is feeling the excitement of this season and home field advantage could be huge.

The Texans are a good team but the Ravens have proven they are ready for the test. The Texans have some bad losses on their resume. The Texans lost to the Indianapolis Colts, a team that looks like pretenders after falling to the Steelers and the Miami Dolphins in back to back weeks. The Texans lost to the Panthers. While the Panthers aren’t that bad of a team, the Texans played their worst game of the season. Houston looks beatable.

The Ravens travel to take on the Los Angeles Rams after the Texans game. The Rams are 5-4 and they have some kinks to work out. Jared Goff doesn’t look great and the Rams running game isn’t the impressive force it was a year ago. Their defense is going to have a lot of problems with Lamar Jackson. The Rams couldn’t scrape past the Steelers, the Ravens should be more than ready for them.

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The Ravens toughest games are almost all at home. Their battle with the NFC West leading San Francisco 49ers will be in front of the Ravens Flock. The season finale against the Steelers is in Baltimore. The Ravens realistically need to win two of the next three games to stay on their ideal path. 10-2 isn’t a crazy notion. It’s possible.

The Ravens other three games are against the Buffalo Bills, the New York Jets and the Cleveland Browns. The Bills and Browns looked equally bad in their game this weekend. The Jets are a bad team. The Ravens probably have a loss or two hidden somewhere in this schedule, however there is no team left that they can’t handle.

The bottom line is that if the Ravens get past the Texans, Rams and 49ers without ending their winning streak, Baltimore can start thinking about a bye in the first round of the playoffs. If the Ravens only lose one of their next three games, the division is almost assuredly theirs.

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If Lamar Jackson continues to play at the level that he is playing, and the defense keeps creating turnovers, the Ravens are borderline unbeatable. The Ravens have a realistic shot at 14-2. It’s probably too good to be true though so pencil them in at 12-4 and see if they can beat it.