The Ravens have gone through a lot of change this offseason. The defense, despite being without Ed Reed and Ray Lewis, should be better with younger and more athletic players like Elvis Dumervil, Arthur Brown, Daryl Smith and Michael Huff, just to name a few.
The offense led by Joe Flacco will be hit or miss every game, kind of like last year. I’m going to go through each quarter of the Ravens’ 2013 regular season and predict where the wins and losses come from.
With the loss of Von Miller due to suspension and the Bronco’s injuries in the secondary, I like the Ravens to squeak one out there. The Ravens should be able to beat the Browns and Bills. The only loss I see is the Texans. They’ve always been a bad matchup for the Ravens, and I expect that to continue this year.
The overrated Dolphins should be no problem, and the Ravens get the Browns after a bye week — the Ravens always win after the bye week. The Packers provide a tough matchup, and the Ravens can win if they can keep pressure on Aaron Rodgers all day, but I’m not sure they can totally stop that offense.
The Ravens have won three straight regular season games in Pittsburgh, and that streak has to end at some point. Although, it will be close, like almost every game is between those teams.
The Ravens typically split with the Steelers and seeing as they come in to town on a short week after another road division game against the Browns, it’s hard to see how they win the Thanksgiving night contest in Baltimore.
The Jets should be no problem at home. The Bengals are always a pain, and I see them stealing the game in Baltimore. As for the Bears, the Ravens typically don’t fare well in the dreaded non-conference road games, especially since the weather will probably be a factor in mid-November.
Wins: Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, at Cincinnati Bengals
Losses: at Detroit Lions
The Vikings in Baltimore shouldn’t be a problem. The Ravens have had the Patriots’ number the last few years, and I expect that to continue. The Monday night game at Detroit seems like the classic “fall asleep at the wheel game”. But all will be well when the Ravens win a tough battle in Cincinnati to clinch a third straight division title.