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Baltimore Ravens are looking to avoid a 4 game opening day losing streak in week 1

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens haven't won an opening day game since the start of the 2013 season. The last time the Ravens won in week 1 of an NFL regular season, it was at home in 2012 when the Ravens demolished the Cincinnati Bengals by the score of 44-13 on Monday Night Football. So in other words, the last time the Ravens started out 1-0, the team won the Super Bowl.

In 2013, the Ravens as defending Super Bowl champions lost its chance to host a home game as defending Super Bowl champions always have done over the last decade. The Ravens had to go on the road to face the Denver Broncos due to a schedule conflict with the Baltimore Orioles as the Orioles were hosting a game against the Chicago White Sox at Camden Yards on the same day which is across from M&T Bank Stadium (The White Sox refused to adjust its schedule so you can blame them too). The Ravens went on to lose 49-27.

In 2014, the Ravens hosted a home game against the Bengals and lost by the score of 23-16 despite rallying in the fourth quarter to take the lead. The Ravens had one last shot to tie the game but Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense were stopped in Bengals' territory.

In 2015, the Ravens went on the road to face the Broncos for the second time in three years and like 2014, the Ravens had a lead in the second half but just couldn't hold on. Flacco and the Ravens offense had a chance to win the game on the final drive but Flacco was intercepted in the red zone on what should have been called defensive pass interference on the Broncos. The Ravens lost by the score of 19-13.

Now entering the 2016 season, the Ravens are scheduled to host the Buffalo Bills in week 1 and recent history shows that it is critical that the Ravens start off on the right track. Since 2000, when the Ravens start the season off 1-0, the Ravens have made the playoffs eight straight times. Those 1-0 starts occurred in 2000, 2001, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and in 2012.

Since 2000, when the Ravens start the season off 0-1, the Ravens have only made the playoffs two out of seven attempts. Two of those playoff appearances occurred in 2003 and in 2014. So if history is any indication of how the Ravens season will turn out in 2016, the Ravens will make the playoffs if the team starts out 1-0. If the Ravens start off 0-1, the odds of the Ravens making the playoffs is a bit slim.

On paper, the 2016 regular season schedule to start off the season is pretty friendly for the Ravens so the team shouldn't waste this opportunity because the second of half the season gets a lot tougher.