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Ranking the five toughest games on Ravens' 2019 schedule

April 18, 2019 - 10:17 am

By Austin Medina 

With the 2019 NFL schedules released Wednesday, the Ravens will be bouncing around all season. Baltimore will not have back-to-back game at home or on the road in 2019, meaning travel will be a common trend.

Here’s a look at the toughest five games (pre-Draft) that the Ravens have to look forward to. 

BAL @ SEA (Week 7)

In Week 7, the Ravens will travel to meet the 12th man. Seattle possesses one of the best home environments in the NFL. Last season, the Seahawks went 6-2 at home including wins over three division winners (Cowboys, Vikings, and Chiefs). After extending quarterback Russell Wilson to a four-year, $140 contract the Seahawks are all in on making the playoffs once again in 2019.

BAL @ PIT (Week 5)

The Ravens-Steelers rivalry is the best in the NFL. The Ravens are 11-9 in the head-to-head series since 2010. Oddly enough, the rivalry is not scheduled for a primetime game for the first time since 2006. With this first game taking place in Week 5, the Ravens will get there first look at a new offense in Pittsburgh, without Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell. Traveling to Pittsburgh is no walk in the park and younger players such as Lamar Jackson and Marlon Humphrey will be sure to take notes from veterans Earl Thomas and Mark Ingram. For both Thomas and Ingram, they will get the first taste of the storied battle with the Steelers. This game should be even more grittier since the Ravens knocked out Pittsburgh and won the AFC North after defeating the Browns in Week 17. 

BAL @ KC (Week 3)

Last year, the Ravens charged into Kansas City and dominated most of the game. The Ravens defense appeared to have MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ number. However, Mahomes proved why he was the MVP and showed a variety of tricks including a no look pass and a 48-yard completion on a crucial 4th and 9.

Kansas City went 7-1 at home last season, as well as a 1-1 record in the playoffs. Winning in Kansas City is as difficult as it appears. However the Chiefs have a tons of concerns to be resolved. Their defense lost veteran leaders Eric Berry and Justin Houston and the availability of Tyreek Hill is still unknown.

Playing the Chiefs earlier rather than later gives the Ravens an advantage. 

NE @ BAL (Week 9)

The Patriots and Ravens have been bitter rivals for nearly two decades. It has felt like a century, but the Ravens will host New England in Week 9 on Sunday Night Football. Baltimore's defense will once again have a tough task as they have to prepare for six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady. The Ravens have an advantage since they will be coming off a bye week and returning home. Still, the reigning Super Bowl champions will surely have a game plan to stop the Baltimore ground-and-pound attack. This matchup will be a huge test for the second-year Jackson, who will meet head coach and defensive guru Bill Belichick.

BAL @ LA (Week 12)

The Ravens defense will be tested once again when they travel to Los Angeles to take on the Rams in Week 12. The matchup will take place on Monday Night Football. The Rams, who made the Super Bowl last season, ranked top-three in points scored, total yards, and rushing yards. After going 13-3, the Rams will look to improve with a healthy Todd Gurley and returning Cooper Kupp. Baltimore will have their hands full in this game, though the game plan for head coach Sean McVay’s offense will be a headline to watch.

All of the games listed are based on the teams currently constructed. Of course the NFL Draft has yet to occur and there is a long time before the rosters are finalized. Nevertheless, the Ravens will have their hands full with these five opponents in 2019. Their defense has to face elite quarterbacks in Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, and Patrick Mahomes which will show just how good the defense will be next season. 

Which game do you believe is the toughest for Baltimore?