At this point in the NFL offseason, fans are looking ahead as much as possible. Right now, the Baltimore Ravens have most of their big questions answered.
Now, it's time to get ready for OTAs and training camp, en route to the preseason and, finally, the regular season kicking off in September.
Speaking of September, now that we know the entire schedule, let's look ahead and offer an early prediction for how the Ravens will finish their first month.
The Baltimore Ravens should end September with a winning record
Week 1 vs. Houston Texans
Week 1 should be a lot of fun for Ravens fans, but not so much if you're a Houston Texans fan. On one hand, the future is bright in Houston. They had, arguably, the best draft out of the entire NFL, simply because they came away with both C.J. Stroud and Will Anderson at picks two and three.
But, every rookie has their learning curve, and Stroud is going to be going up against a tough, gritty defense in Baltimore, and at home. Stroud will have a solid career, but his first start will see him make some mistakes and get tossed around a little bit. The Ravens come away with a fairly easy victory in Week 1.
Prediction: Ravens 31 Texans 17
Week 2 @ Cincinnati Bengals
Taking on an elite Super Bowl contender is usually an intimidating task, unless it's a familiar division rival. The Ravens are going to have a tough time with Joe Burrow and the Bengals' offensive firepower, but Lamar Jackson and company will end up making some spectacular plays of their own.
In the end, Cincinnati will prevail, but in a tough, hard-fought, divisional game that could see revenge take place later on in the season. Burrow tosses three touchdowns to Jackson's two total scores, and the Bengals come out victorious.
Prediction: Ravens 17 Bengals 24
Week 3 vs. Indianapolis Colts
The Ravens could be handing two rookie quarterbacks their "Welcome to the NFL" game in the month of September. The Colts' Anthony Richardson held some of the highest, unknown upside of any player in this year's draft class. What we do know is, he's physically gifted.
The Ravens' defense is also a gifted, physical unit with plenty of speed. Richardson is going to be raw for a while, and the Ravens will certainly get the best of him in this one.
Offensively, Baltimore will take advantage of a Colts defense that didn't defend the run very well last year, and rush for over 200 yards as a team.
Prediction: Ravens 34 Colts 16
At the end of the the month, Baltimore sits at 2-1 and looks ahead to a divisional matchup with the Browns in Week 4.