Ravens’ Schedule Getting Even Tougher?

A quick look at the rest of Baltimore’s opponents in the 2010 season.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Monday, November 1st, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

If you thought the first chunk of the Ravens’ season was tough, check out what’s left following the bye.

The Ravens have already played teams with a current combined record of 22-28. In their final nine weeks, Baltimore will face teams with a combined record of 33-30.

So according to the standings, it only gets tougher from here.

A major factor in making the second-half tough is the success of the NFC South. The Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are both 5-2 and defending Super Bowl champion Saints are 5-3. The Ravens’ three remaining divisional games will of course be bruising affairs as well.

The Ravens do play five of their final nine games at M&T Bank Stadium. The teams they face at home have a combined mark of 21-15 while the road opponents are 12-15.

Let’s take a quick look at each team:

Week 9 vs. Miami Dolphins (4-3)
The Skinny: Miami heated up in October. Coming out of their Week 5 bye, the Dolphins have notched road wins in Green Bay and Cincinnati. They barely lost to the Steelers when an officials review on a fumble in the end zone didn’t go their way.

Week 10 at Atlanta Falcons (5-2)
The Skinny: The Falcons have won five of their last six games and they’re doing it with a balanced offense. Quarterback Matt Ryan to wideout Roddy White (second in the NFL in receiving yards) has been deadly and tailback Michael Turner is having another fine year. A road game after short rest is tough regardless.

Week 11 at Carolina Panthers (1-6)
The Skinny: Points have been tough to come by for the Panthers this season. But quarterback Matt Moore is back under center and this team has the ability to run the ball with DeAngelo Williams (if healthy) and Jonathan Stewart.

Week 12 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-2)
The Skinny: Not many people predicted Tampa Bay to be playing this well following a three-win season in 2009. But the young Bucs, and in particular quarterback Josh Freeman, are maturing. Tampa Bay is perfect on the road so far this year.

Week 13 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2)
The Skinny: With the Bengals and Browns currently sitting at 2-5, this could be a showdown that decides the AFC North winner. During the Head Coach John Harbaugh era, the Ravens have yet to beat the Steelers when they have quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Week 14 at Houston Texans (4-2)
The Skinny: Houston can air the ball out with the best of them with quarterback Matt Schuab and wide receiver Andre Johnson. The Texans beat the Indianapolis Colts once and are trying for a repeat tonight. The Ravens haven’t played their best under the Monday Night lights, but they will need to Dec. 13.

Week 15 vs. New Orleans Saints (4-3)
The Skinny: A third-straight big-time quarterback for the Ravens. The defending Super Bowl champs had a sluggish start to the season as Drew Brees struggled with turnovers. But following a home win against the Steelers on Sunday, they could build some momentum.

Week 16 at Cleveland Browns (2-5)
The Skinny: While their record isn’t great, the Browns have been a scrappy team all season and took the Ravens to the wire in Week 3. Cleveland, who has a rout over the Saints as one of its two wins in the last four games, plays tough in the “Dawg Pound” and can pound the rock.

Week 17 vs. Cincinnati Bengals (2-5)
The Skinny: The talented Bengals are on a four-game losing streak. The Bengals’ defense has allowed 27 points per game over the four losses. However, Cincinnati has had Baltimore’s number over the past two seasons with three straight wins, including a 15-10 victory in Week 2.

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