The Ravens have a pretty easy schedule for the remainder of the regular season, but the NFL's schedule makers did them no favors prior to their Week 10 bye week aside from shipping them to London. Here's the crap the Ravens had to deal with:
- Three straight games against the division.
- Two games in four days to start the season, both against divisional foes.
- Play five of six divisional games prior to Week 9
Having to play ten straight games without a bye week is tough, but for those teams poised for a long postseason run, it could be a major benefit. Now that the Ravens have weathered the storm of the brutal first-half of their season, it's time to reap the rewards.
When the schedule was first released, many would have had this week's primetime Monday Night Football matchup against the Saints as a loss because:
- The Saints are usually really good.
- The Saints typically win at home inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
- Primetime games are a toss up for the Ravens (27-25 all time during primetime, 5-3 on MNF under Harbaugh)
- Brandin Cooks broke his thumb and won't be able to torch the Ravens secondary.
- The Saints are only 4-6 this season.
- The Saints have dropped their last two games inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
- Since 2002, the Ravens are 10-2 following their bye week.