Week 1 of the NFL regular season has not been kind to the Baltimore Ravens as of late. The Ravens are currently on a three game week 1 losing streak which dates back to the 2013 season. In 2013, the Ravens lost to the Denver Broncos on the road 49-27 as defending Super Bowl champions. In 2014, the Ravens lost at home to its division rival Cincinnati Bengals 23-16. In 2015, the Ravens lost the Broncos 19-13 on the road.
Now, in 2016, the Ravens host the Buffalo Bills and history says that week 1 plays a huge role in the Ravens chances for a postseason birth. Since 2000, when the Ravens start the season off 1-0, the Ravens have made the playoffs eight straight times (2000, 2001, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012).
Since 2000, when the Ravens start the season off 0-1, the Ravens have only made the playoffs two times out of eight attempts. The Ravens only made the playoffs starting 0-1 in 2003 and in 2014 during that time frame.
When you factor in the tough schedule the Ravens have to end the year as the team plays on the road in three of its final four regular season games traveling to the New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals, that probably isn’t the time the Ravens want to make up any ground for a playoff spot.
A good start for the Ravens in 2016 is important. Probably more than ever.