Week 10, Sunday, Nov. 15. At New England Patriots
No Tom Brady. No Gronk. No problem, right? Well… Maybe. Maybe not. This will still be a good defense, despite some pieces going elsewhere, and the Patriots probably won’t become a team that beats itself with stupid mistakes. That makes this a fight, particularly in their house. Still, under the bright lights, and with the best player on the field in Lamar Jackson, I like the Ravens here. Plus, I like irritating Patriots fans. Bonus!
Ravens 31 Patriots 13
Week 11, Sunday, Nov. 22. Tennessee Titans
It feels like it’s been a long time since these two teams have squared off. I remember the game when the Ravens sacked Marcus Mariota about 27,000 times and the time Ray Lewis undressed Eddie George in front of a national audience, stole the ball from him and scored a touchdown. Yup. That’s all I remember. Nothing else. Certainly no playoff game from last year. Nope. A very good Ravens team wins this one, but it will be a street fight.
Ravens 23 Titans 20
Week 12, Thursday, Nov. 26. at Pittsburgh Steelers
Thanksgiving night is good for taking a nap on your mother’s floor with bits of turkey carcass plastered across your cheek and watching 22 people have a fistfight on television for three hours. This game will be that. After a physical game against the Titans, and only four days rest, I think the Ravens are a little flat in this one against a very strong defense.
Steelers 30 Ravens 20
Week 13, Thursday, Dec. 3. Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys are in a group with the Ravens, Saints and Chiefs as probably the most talented offenses in the NFL, and they will be fired up for a shot at the Ravens on national television. Like, seriously, the Cowboys have a legitimate offense in every single way. Fortunately, their defense is rotten, and the Ravens’ defense is not. Therefore, Ravens win. Jerry Jones possibly cries. And Andy Dalton annoys me from the sideline all night.
Ravens 45 Cowboys 24
Week 14, Monday, Dec. 14. at Cleveland Browns
So, the Ravens will have 11 days to prepare for a Browns team that could either be in contention for a playoff spot or having another epic meltdown featuring Baker Mayfield throwing teammates under the bus, and a coach seeing his pants catch on fire every time he sits down. See what I did there? It’s a “hot seat,” folks. Oh, forget it. The bet here is Cleveland is in contention. The other bet is it won’t matter. Ravens win. Browns spiral from this point forth. Browns fans celebrate their Week 4 win from 2019.
Ravens 33 Browns 20
Week 15, Sunday, Dec. 20. Jacksonville Jaguars
I mean… what do we say here? The last time Gardner Minshew played in Baltimore he was made to look like a crash test dummy by Kenny Young. What might Patrick Queen or Malik Harrison do to the man? This is a mismatch of epic proportions. Lamar Jackson will not see the fourth quarter. He might not see the second.
Ravens 48 Jaguars 0
Week 16, Sunday, Dec. 27. New York Giants
That Jaguars game might be more competitive. The Giants have some decent pieces on offense, and they are trying to fix the defense, but they are not a playoff threat at this point. The Ravens are. This would put them to 13-2 and firmly in charge of home field advantage for a second straight season. They will be 13-2 in this scenario.
Ravens 37 Giants 0
Week 17, Sunday, Jan. 3. At Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals will be a better team at the end of the year than the beginning, assuming they have the coaching to get them there. It feels like the Ravens will be locked in to that top seed for the second straight season, particularly with that early-season win over the Chiefs. The Bengals up-and-comers will beat a team that rests anybody with even the slightest of injuries.
Bengals 31 Ravens 16
That puts the Ravens at 13-3, with home field advantage. As we all know, what happens from this point is what will truly matter with the 2020 Baltimore Ravens and their young star quarterback.