2. Week 3: Baltimore Ravens @ Detroit Lions
After a Sunday Night home game against the two-time defending AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs, the Ravens get a bit of a breather here against a team who went 5-11 last season.
The Detroit Lions have practically rebuilt their entire organization from the ground up in a matter of months. They enter the 2021 season with a brand new head coach, general manager, and starting quarterback.
Like the Raiders, however, the Lions may have actually lost more than they gained during the offseason. Highly-regarded receivers Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr. both left in free agency, giving new quarterback Jared Goff little to work with.
This is on top of a defense that finished dead-last in both yards and points allowed.
Barring some sort of miracle, 2021 looks to be another “rebuilding year,” which is shorthand for “these guys are doomed.” Given all the changes at the top, it’s impossible to predict where exactly the Lions will end up.
But there’s no question that the Ravens are a much better team on paper in just about every department, and it’ll be a huge surprise if they can’t get it done on the road in Week 3.