The Baltimore Ravens are looking to build on a (9-7) 2018 season. A season where the Ravens defense shined, ranking 1nd in the league in yards allowed and 2nd in the league in points allowed per game. The offense also had a very successful season after an injury to Joe Flacco, implemented a run centered offense ran by QB Lamar Jackson. In the offseason the Ravens made additional transactions to improve as they acquired Mark Ingram a massive upgrade at RB from Alex Collins, as well as added another weapon in first round WR Marquise Brown. The defensive side of the ball combatted the loss of C. J Mosley with the signing of 6 time Pro Bowler and 3 time First team All Pro Earl Thomas. Week 1 is where these transactions come to fruition on the road as the Ravens travel to play the Miami Dolphins.
Week 1 at Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins seem to be in rebuild mode as they traded QB Ryan Tannehill to the Tennessee Titans and signed journeymen QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and acquired QB Josh Rosen to compete for the position. This game will come down to pure talent, as the Ravens offense is able to put up big numbers for a win on the road.
Week 2 at Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals are a question mark coming into this season as they have a new first year head coach in Kill Kingsbury who is hoping to implement an air raid offense under number one overall pick QB Kyler Murray. The problem is that the Cardinals have one of the worst offensive lines in the league. The Ravens will get after Murray and force several turnovers on the way to a win.
Week 3 at Kansas City Chiefs
The Ravens will have a shot to avenge a heartbreaking 27-24 loss in overtime to the Chiefs in week 14 of last season. This will be the first true test for this Ravens defense on the road against the league’s most
Week 4 vs Cleveland Browns
I am a believer in the hype surrounding the Cleveland Browns for this upcoming season with the addition of WR Odell Beckham Jr. However, I expect the Ravens to come out motivated and make this a statement game at home. Ingram and Jackson pound out the clock in a slow scoring affair.
Week 5 at Pittsburgh Steelers
The Ravens will come into this game over confident as they would have just defeated the Cleveland Browns and they are now playing the Steelers without both Leveon Bell and Antonio Brown. The problem is that the Steelers will come in this game having something to prove at home and provide that extra effort to pull out a win at home.
Week 6 vs Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals are a team with a number of questions around them, with a new coach, turnover prone quarterback in Andy Dalton, and an injury prone top target in AJ Green. The Ravens defense will control this offense with ease as the Ravens win their first of two against the Bengals on the season.
Week 7 at Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks are very hard to beat at home as they have the “12th man” to support them and it is terribly loud. I think the noise gets to Lamar Jackson in this one, as Russel Wilson outshines the young quarterback.
Week 8 Bye
Week 9 vs New England Patriots
The last time the Ravens played the Patriots at home on a Sunday night, Kicker Justin Tucker hit a last second field goal for a 31-20 win. I see a similar outcome in this one as the Loss of DE Trey Flowers looms large, and Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram eat up time of possession for a low scoring win.
Week 10 at Cincinnati Bengals
I see this as a repeat of the Week 6 matchup, as the Ravens finish off the regular season sweep.
Week 11 vs Houston Texans
This will be the first time the Ravens have faced off against the young franchise QB Deshaun Watson. WR DeAndre Hopkins is also the best offensive weapon that will be on the field. I see Watson and Hopkins being an unstoppable tandem in this one as they win on the road.
Week 12 at Los Angeles Rams
This will be the first time of the season the Ravens face back to back 2018 playoff teams in the 2019 season. The Rams also aren’t just any team; they have a stacked offense and defense that carried them to a Super Bowl appearance. I see the Rams using their talent and their home crowd to an easy win.
Week 13 vs San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers come into this one off of a very disappointing season of which franchise quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was lost to an ACL injury. Although Garoppolo should be in good form, the Ravens will be able to shut down the lack of weapons he has at his disposal to avoid a three game slide.
Week 14 at Buffalo Bills
Most teams have that one game where they lay an egg. I see this as that game for the Ravens. Traveling up to Buffalo, possibly in the bitter cold against a very good defense will provide a very tall task. One that I think Jackson will not be able to overcome.
Week 15 vs New York Jets
I see the Jets being out of playoff contention at this point and not much to play for. I see Jackson and company able to provide more effort than Darnold and a lack luster Jets team for a win.
Week 16 at Cleveland Browns
Both of these teams will be vying for playoff positioning and the chance for a playoff berth. With two similar teams I see the Browns playing at home in front of the dog pound to be the difference. Mayfield comes up in the clutch to make several plays to pull out a close one.
Week 17 vs Pittsburgh Steelers
The Ravens will be more prepared in this matchup as the new look Steelers caught them off guard in week 5. Baltimore’s defense will do just enough to maintain James Connor and keep JuJu Smith-Schuster in check for a win.
This line looks right on the money, but if Baltimore is able to beat young Miami, Arizona, and Jet squads, as well as sweep the middling Cincinnati Bengals, they should come out on top. Take the over.