Baltimore Ravens Schedule
The Baltimore Ravens finished tied on top the AFC North with a 10-6 record, but they won the tiebreaker with a better record inside the division. At one point the Ravens were 9-2 and complete control of the North, but would lose four of their final five. That poor finish didn’t seem to matter. Baltimore caught fire in the postseason and went on to win their second Super Bowl.
The big question facing the Ravens is whether or not they can defend their title. In order to do that, Baltimore must first finish with a record good enough to make the playoffs. They will go into the 2013 season with the fifth toughest schedule based on how their opponents finished last season. Combined the Ravens opponents went an impressive 137-119 (53.5%).
On top of their six division games, Baltimore will go up against the AFC East and NFC North, along with the Broncos and Texans. Whether or not the Ravens can stay on top the AFC North will likely come down to how they perform at home. On top of what figures to be difficult games against the Steelers and Bengals, Baltimore must also host Houston, Green Bay Minnesota and New England. Their only home games where you can feel safe about a win is against the Browns and Jets.
I think there’s the potential for Baltimore to win as many as 12 games next season, but I don’t see that happening. Winning the Super Bowl will have a target on their backs in 2013 and they will no longer be able to lean on the leadership of Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. As of right now, I’m predicting the Ravens to finish with an identical 10-6 record.
Here’s a complete look at their schedule with the predicted odds on each game.
Update – Cantor Gaming has released their odds for every game of the regular season. We’ve included that line, as well as the line we projected a few weeks before these were released. We’ve also added a column to show the likelihood that the team will win the game based on the odds given from Cantor. For some reason Cantor did not offer lines for any team for Week 17 of the season, so we used our line for the Week 17 calculations.
At the very bottom of the schedule you’ll see the expected win totals posted by both Cantor Gaming and Atlantis Casino, how many wins the odds project, and a recommendation based on those expected wins.
|WEEK||OPPONENT||BOYD’S SPREAD||CANTOR SPREAD||WIN CHANCE|
|CANTOR WIN TOTAL: 9||EXPECTED WINS:||8.88|
|ATLANTIS WIN TOTAL: 9||RECOMMENDATION:||No Play|