Five Biggest Takeaways From Ravens’ 2019 Schedule - John Eisenberg
Their schedule is perfectly balanced, alternating home and road contests throughout. Two of the three prime-time games are at home, including a Sunday night matchup against the defending Super Bowl champions. The start is relatively forgiving, featuring a road-and-home doubleheader against teams that won a combined 10 games last season and changed head coaches. In fact, four of the first six games are against teams that changed head coaches after a losing 2018. Is the schedule entirely lovable? Of course not. The Ravens will face three conference finalists from 2018. A Monday night game in California (against the defending NFC champions) means a very short week will ensue. Two overall trips to the West Coast is two more than the Ravens have made in some years. Generally, though, while the caliber of the opponents is high, they’ve been given a fair and workable 2019 schedule.
In terms of opponent’s 2018 win percentage, Baltimore will face the 20th most difficult schedule in 2019.
Perfectly balanced: Baltimore Ravens’ schedule is fair and rare -Jamison Hensley
Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley is predicting a 9-7 finish:
Sept. 8: at Miami, Win
Sept. 15: vs. Arizona, Win
Sept. 22: at Kansas City, Loss
Sept. 29: vs. Cleveland, Win
Oct. 6: at Pittsburgh, Loss
Oct. 13: vs. Cincinnati, Win
Oct. 20: at Seattle, Loss
Nov. 3: vs. New England, Loss
Nov. 10: at Cincinnati, Win
Nov. 17: vs. Houston, Loss
Nov. 25: at LA Rams, Loss
Dec. 1: vs. San Francisco, Win
Dec. 8: at Buffalo, Win
Dec. 12: vs. New York Jets, Win
Dec. 22: at Cleveland, Loss
Dec. 29: vs. Pittsburgh, Win
Early oddsmakers have set the Ravens win total at 8.5 games.
Earl Thomas vs. Seattle Seahawks
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 7 at 4:25 p.m. ET on FOX
The Seahawks were not willing to give Earl Thomas the long-term deal he believed he deserved. The star safety sat out all of training camp and the preseason, then suffered a season-ending leg injury in Week 4. As he was carted off the field, Thomas made his disgust with the Seahawks’ decision-makers clear, raising his right arm and extending a middle finger at his own sideline. It was an ignominious end to what had been a brilliant run in Seattle, including six Pro Bowl nods and a Super Bowl ring in nine seasons. Thomas is now the crown jewel of the Baltimore Ravens’ secondary. You think he’ll be amped to be hitting humans wearing Seahawks helmets in his return to Seattle?
The schedule also features several ‘revenge’ games for former Ravens. Terrell Suggs will return to Baltimore in Week 2 and C.J. Mosley’s Jets come to town in Week 15.
Ben Burr-Kirven, LB, Washington
Burr-Kirven diagnoses quickly, is an efficient block-shedder and traffic-sifter in the run game, tackles well, and is excellent in coverage thanks to lightning-quick route-recognition skills and the athleticism to close on the football in a hurry.
Terronne Prescod, OG, NC State
Loaded with experience, the 6-5, 320-plus pounder fared well in the Wolfpack’s zone-heavy blocking scheme, a feat in itself given his size. He has vice grips for hands, and while his lateral twitch will be tested against quick one-gappers at the NFL level, he’s anchor is outstanding against bull rushes or any type of power move.
Phil Haynes, OG, Wake Forest
Haynes’ athleticism popped on tape, and at the combine. At Wake Forest, he was routinely quick to notice and stop stunts or delayed blitzers in their tracks, responsibilities not easily carried out by slower-footed guards, and he made his presence felt as a combo-blocker in short areas.
Eastern Michigan edge defender Maxx Crosby and UC Davis receiver Keelan Doss also project as late round sleepers.