Baltimore Ravens: 2013 Season Predictions
Baltimore Ravens Season Predictions 2013
With the defending champion Baltimore Ravens opening on the road this year, their schedule starts off strong with the Denver Broncos as the first opponent but from apart from that, the next three out of four opponents consists of teams that had a below .500 record last season. In Week 2, the Ravens come back home to celebrate their trophy by hosting the Cleveland Browns, and will see a homecoming for the long-time Raven Ed Reed in the following week as the Houston Texans come to town.
During the middle of the season is their bye week on week eight. It will be a much-needed rest as they prepare for a much-needed stretch run that consists of the Detroit Lions, New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears.
With all of that being said, many in the off-season have said the Ravens will struggle due to all of the changes they have dealt with so far. It is true that Ray Lewis and Reed will be missed, as well as Anquan Boldin, but this isn't something the Ravens haven't seen. Since 1994, no team in the NFL has obtained more compensation picks than the Ravens, who have received 37 of them. That means no team has lost more players over that time than the Ravens. Clearly, they are prepared for it.
So expect another playoff season for the Ravens. I expect the Ravens to go into the playoffs with a 12-4 record getting a first round bye. But who will they win and lose against? Lets take a look.
Ravens vs. Broncos Week 1
Ravens 31 — Broncos 20
The Ravens will start the season where they left off last year — underdogs. But they will win.
Ravens vs. Browns Week 2
Ravens 30 — Browns 13.
A new regime for the Browns with the Ravens celebrating their trophy might be too much for the former for this one.
Ravens vs. Texans Week 3
Ravens 24 — Texans 15.
The new version of the Ravens defense will prove a point to show they can play well without Reed.
Ravens vs. Bills Week 4
Ravens 24 — Bills 10.
The Bills' quarterback situation is questionable at best. Look for the Ravens to win with ease.
Ravens vs. Dolphins Week 5
Ravens 20 — Dolphins 17.
A close battle in the end, but the Ravens will improve to 5-0 for the first time in franchise history.
Ravens vs. Packers Week 6
Ravens 28 — Packers 31.
The Ravens face arguably the toughest opponent they will face all year. Aaron Rodgers will show why he will be the highest paid player in the game.
Ravens vs. Steelers Week 7
Ravens 21 — Steelers 14.
Coming off an annoying loss, the Ravens will bounce back heading into the bye-week against their enemy.
Ravens Bye Week 8
Surely the Ravens will be dealing with certain injuries from key players at the this point and time. Coming off a battle against the Steelers, expect a light workout during that time.
Ravens vs. Browns Week 9
Ravens 20 — Browns 23.
The Streak ends here. The Ravens' 11-game win streak against the Browns will be snapped. Usually the Ravens have one game a year where they stumble against a team they should beat. This one will be it.
Ravens vs. Bengals Week 10
Ravens 27 — Bengals 20.
Ravens come back home against the Bengals and extend their win streak against their division rival at home to four.
Ravens vs. Bears Week 11
Ravens 20 — Bears 23
Same score as the Browns game. The Ravens will have lost three out of their last four at this point. Soldier field hasn't been a friendly place for the Ravens. They will be 0-3 all time in Chicago.
Ravens vs. Jets Week 12
Ravens 30 — Jets 6
No offense equals blowout loss for the Jets.
Ravens vs. Steelers Week 13
Ravens 28 — Steelers 10.
A short week for both teams, and the Ravens will get their second sweep of the Steelers in the last three years.
Ravens vs. Vikings Week 14
Ravens 17 — Vikings 10.
The Ravens bounce back from two road losses and take care of Christian Ponder and slow down Adrian Peterson.
Ravens vs. Lions Week 15
Ravens 24 — Lions 28.
Monday Night football game as the fans of the Lions will be hyped.
Ravens vs. Patriots Week 16
Ravens 38 — Pats 21.
Look for the Ravens to take care of the Patriots defense as usual.
Ravens vs. Bengals Week 17
Ravens 27 — Bengals 21.
A close game where the Ravens trail for much of the battle, but come back and take the win.
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