Baltimore Ravens 2011 Schedule Released
It has been known for sometime whom the Baltimore Ravens would be facing in the 2011 season, now we also know when those games will take place.
The schedule includes three Sunday Night appearances (10/2 vs. Jets, 11/6 at Steelers, and 12/18 at San Diego.) The Ravens will also have another prime-time appearance against San Francisco on Thanksgiving Night (11/24).
There are plenty of unknowns about the Ravens at this point (knowing how the draft will play out, seeing what happens in Free Agency once the next CBA is agreed to), but I think we have enough knowledge of what the roster will look like to give an initial overview.
9/11 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (W)
9/18 @ Tennessee Titans (W)
9/24 @ St. Louis Rams (4pm, L)
10/2 vs. New York Jets (SNF, W)
10/16 vs. Houston Texans (4pm, W)
10/24 @ Jacksonville Jaguars (MNF, L)
10/30 vs. Arizona Cardinals (W)
11/6 @ Pittsburgh Steelers (SNF, L)
11/13 @ Seattle Seahawks (4pm, W)
11/20 vs. Cincinnati Bengals (W)
11/24 vs. San Francisco 49ers (8pm, W)
12/4 @ Cleveland Browns (W)
12/11 Indianapolis Colts (L)
12/18 @ San Diego Chargers (SNF, L)
12/24 vs. Cleveland Browns (Saturday, W)
1/1 @ Cincinnati Bengals (W)
My initial impression when the opponents were released in January was 10-6. Now that the schedule has been released I’m upping that to 11-5. I can see calling for 4-2 in the division (winning the home games, losing at Pittsburgh, losing one of the two vs. the Bengals or Browns on the road) but I think that the fact that the Ravens start with Pittsburgh and end with Cincinnati bode well for Baltimore.
The hype building-up to the Week 1 match-up with the Steelers will reach epic proportions. I think mentally it will be good for the Ravens to get that initial battle out of the way immediately. By the time the Ravens face Cincinnati to end the year, I think Baltimore will be preparing for the playoffs, and the Bengals will be thinking about their impending tropical vacations.
Outside of the division that is a challenging home-schedule, but I would expect the Ravens to go 4-1 against Houston, Indianapolis, Arizona, San Francisco, and the New York Jets. On the road St. Louis and Jacksonville are improving, Tennessee is typically a difficult road game, and two West Coast trips could be tough. On the conservative side I could see a 2-3 record in those 5 games.