Power Rankings: Ravens Regular Season Matchups
The Top 4:
4) Ravens vs Titans Week 11
Sandwiched between road night games comes the rematch with the Titans that so many in Baltimore are looking forward to. The Titans are looking for their first division title since 2008 and they could be in the running for a top four seed in the AFC so keep an eye on that.
But this one is all about the revenge factor. I am on record saying that even a convincing Ravens win in this contest would not be “revenge” for last year’s catastrophic AFC Divisional Round humiliation at the hands of the Titans, but I know that a good portion of the Flock disagrees with me.
The Titans and Ravens both return the lion-share of their starters and this matchup figures to be must see TV, revenge or otherwise.
3) Ravens vs Browns Week 1
I’m a sucker for Opening Day. And while this one won’t take place in front of 70,000+ at the Bank, I am still immeasurably excited for the season opener. It is always extremely important to get off on the right foot in the opener especially against a division opponent.
Story lines? Check. Marlon Humphrey vs OBJ after their tussle in Baltimore last year. The Ravens revamped defensive front against arguably the NFL’s best running back duo in Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. Third year quarterbacks facing off with one coming off of an MVP season and the other coming off a season to forget. The Ravens looking to avenge one of two 2019 losses.
There’s talent everywhere in this match up. There are story lines galore. And it’s freaking Opening Day.
2) Ravens at Steelers Week 12
Holiday games haven’t been too kind to the Ravens in recent years, including in Pittsburgh. A Week 12 Ravens-Steelers rivalry game in a season where both teams project to make the playoffs is appointment billing.
Is Big Ben still standing? Have the Steelers skill position players, namely James Conner and JuJu Smith-Schuster returned to form? Are the Ravens an unstoppable force offensively as they were in 2019? Can the Steelers elite defense bottle up the unstoppable force assuming it continues? Will the Ravens win in Pittsburgh for the third straight season for just the second time in team history?
Yes. Yes. Yes. Maybe. No. I’m sure you’ll all remind me of this when I am wrong.
1) Ravens vs Chiefs Week 3
The defending Super Bowl Champions visit Charm City looking for third third straight win over the hometown Ravens. The two teams with the best odds to win the Superbowl in the AFC will likely be jockeying for the #1 seed and a first round bye throughout the 2020 season so YEAH this match up is pretty important.
Do the Ravens need to prove to themselves that they can beat the Chiefs to better prepare them for a potential playoff clash? Sure, if those types of things matter to you. Which MVP quarterback has the better day? Will both team’s fanbases dismiss the result if their team loses? Of course they will. But this is a big time clash that was slated to be in front of an intoxicated Monday Night Football crowd.
While the lack of fans takes some of the luster off this game, the talent on the field, the stakes involved, and the aspirations of both teams puts this game atop the list.