Here is one big thought for every game on the Baltimore Ravens schedule with a way too early prediction:
Week 1: Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns
Ravens games against the Browns have become quite personal. The Ravens and the Browns never got along, but this is becoming more of a rivalry now that the Browns are getting more competitive. It’s important to remember that the double-digit win streak that Joe Flacco‘s Ravens had over the Browns is in the past. The Browns aren’t an automatic win anymore.
The biggest thing the Ravens did this offseason was adding to the middle of their defense. While Derrick Henry may have had something to do with that, the Ravens have to play Nick Chubb twice a season. If the Ravens beat the Browns it will be a big start to the season. This win would mean a lot, especially if Lamar Jackson outshines Baker Mayfield and the Ravens shut down Chubb.
Way too early prediction: Ravens win 31-17
Week 2: Ravens @ Houston Texans
The Texans didn’t give Deshaun Watson a lot of help this offseason. They traded away De’Andre Hopkins and they have a little less star power because of it. Going to Houston is always a tough trip. The Ravens get to get a tough road game out of the way early in the season. I think they get a win while they’re at it.
Way too early prediction: Ravens win 34-14
Week 3: Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs (Monday Night Football)
This is a battle between the most talented teams in the NFL. The excitement and build up for this game will be about Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes. If the Ravens win this one though, they will show that they are the best and most complete team in the NFL. The key is the Ravens defense getting just enough stops to make the win happen. A change of scenery in this new rivalry could work for the Ravens.
Way too early prediction: Ravens win 31-28
Week 4: Ravens @ Washington Redskins
The Redskins got Chase Young, and that’s a draft pick you would think that even this organization couldn’t screw up. This is a game where I think the Ravens defense will get to flex it’s muscles. The star power for the Ravens offense surely outbids that of the Redskins offense. The Ravens will walk into this game with a ton of confidence if they indeed pull off a win against the Chiefs. If John Harbaugh can keep them focused this one should be a win for Baltimore.
Way too early prediction: Ravens win 35-0