1. Week 4: Baltimore Ravens @ Denver Broncos
In case you haven’t noticed, all of the games we’ve listed so far have been on the road. This is an especially weird schedule.
The combined 2020 record of the Ravens’ nine home opponents is 89-54-1, while their eight road opponents picked up a combined record of 63-64-1.
It’s really a stretch to call any game at Mile High an “easy” one, especially for players not used to the altitude. Then again, over the past few years, the Denver Broncos have not been an especially great team no matter where they’ve played.
It’s been a long and hard fall from grace for the team that just five years ago stood proudly atop the football world. Ever since Peyton Manning’s retirement, the team has yet to hold onto a starting quarterback for longer than a season.
With the signing of Teddy Bridgewater, that streak may continue.
It’s hard to imagine that the 2021 Broncos will be much of an improvement. Kudos to new general manager George Paton, as he did land Pro Bowl cornerback Kyle Fuller, but one defensive back isn’t going to solve the rest of this team’s issues.
As long as Drew Lock is still the team’s number one quarterback, the Broncos are going nowhere fast.
Aside from the aforementioned Week 2 blockbuster matchup with Kansas City, the Ravens’ early schedule is a bit of a cakewalk.
If they don’t take at least two of these games, it’s a troubling sign for where their season will be headed.