The Ravens regular season slate of opponents features three quarterbacks with multiple Super Bowl championships. However, the competition is not as deep as the group of quarterbacks the Ravens faced last season. The majority of signal callers on the schedule are veterans well past their prime or talented young guns still learning the nuances of the position.
Who are the best quarterbacks the Ravens will face next season?
1. Tom Brady, Patriots
With the aid of superior coaching and often favorable officiating, Tom Brady has won four Super Bowls. Brady is suspended for the first four games next season and will be 39 years old, but he poses the toughest matchup for the Ravens defense. Brady is 5-1 against the Ravens in regular season contests. He has a variety of potent pass catching options and New England’s offensive scheme has enjoyed success against Dean Pees.
2. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
The Ravens will square off against the arch-rival Steelers in Weeks 9 and 16. After dominating the Ravens early in his career, Big Ben has turned the ball over frequently in recent contests, his regular season record against the Ravens now sits at 9 wins with 8 losses. The Ravens have won four of the last five games against Roethlisberger, but Ben did throw six touchdown passes in the lone Pittsburgh victory.
3. Andy Dalton, Bengals
Big drop-off from the top two quarterbacks on this list to Dalton, but he is the third best on the upcoming schedule. Dalton has five wins and four losses despite having a negative TD-INT ratio against the Ravens. In the most recent matchup, Dalton led the Bengals to a close road victory over the Ravens by throwing for 383 yards, with three passing touchdown and one rushing touchdown.
4. Derek Carr, Raiders
The young quarterback beat the Ravens last season in their only contest to date. In the early season game, Carr produced 351 passing yards and three touchdowns. Carr is an emerging signal caller, throwing for almost 4,000 yards and 32 touchdowns last season. The Ravens face Carr in a Week 4 home game.
5. Blake Bortles, Jaguars
Bottles edges out Eli Manning and Tony Romo for the final spot on this list. In two meetings with the Ravens, he has split the series, including a victory in 2015. Bortles threw for more than 4,400 yards and 35 touchdowns last season. Bottles big arm and explosive receivers will challenge the Ravens pass defense in their Week 3 road contest.