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The best and worst games of the 2021 Ravens schedule

Going through the Ravens’ schedule to see the best and worst games

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The Baltimore Ravens’ 2021 schedule arrived last week and now it’s time to make sweeping judgments months in advance.

Worst games

Kansas City Chiefs at Ravens — Week 2

No getting around it, this is the worst game on the schedule for the Ravens. It’s a marquee matchup for the NFL but it’s yet again an early-season contest against one of the NFL’s juggernauts. The older brother to the Ravens have mercilessly bullied Baltimore in the Patrick Mahomes II vs. Lamar Jackson era. It’s also the Sunday Night game, where if the Ravens don’t win, the memes will be out in full force.

Ravens at Cleveland Browns — Week 14

The Browns get the best possible draw in this matchup. In Week 12, the Browns come to Baltimore for Sunday Night Football. Then, they enjoy a bye week for Week 13 only to then welcome the Ravens in Cleveland for Week 14. They get to study tape for two weeks before bringing them into their home stadium for a late-season divisional bout. This will an incredibly difficult matchup for the Ravens. Especially if they lose the first game in Week 12.

Los Angeles Rams at Ravens — Week 17

A couple seasons ago, Baltimore blew the doors off McVay’s Rams. Now, they’ll face them in their end-of-season gauntlet. The Rams will likely be competing for a playoff seed, if not a high seed, in the NFC, meaning they won’t be taking any rest here at the end of the season. Though it will be an early January affair against the LA squad, I strongly worry of Aaron Donald wrecking the Ravens offensive line and weakening their chances in an incredibly tough AFC field.

Best games

Ravens at Las Vegas Raiders — Week 1

The Ravens will be featured heavily in primetime this season and even begin the season on Monday Night Football for the Raiders home opener. Throughout the past four seasons, Baltimore has entered the season landing haymakers.

Typically, their free-agent additions do well in their opening games, too. Calais Campbell tipped the ball for an interception and Earl Thomas III nabbed a pick in their Week 1 two seasons ago. Mark Ingram II opened with a 54-yard rush on the first play against the Dolphins back in 2019. Watch for Sammy Watkins to take one to the house and Kevin Zeitler to blow a hole wide open for a J.K. Dobbins rushing touchdown.

Los Angeles Chargers at Ravens — Week 6

The 2020 AFC Offensive Rookie of the Year heads to M&T Bank Stadium to play the Ravens for the first time. Frequently, the Ravens’ defense stonewalls young quarterbacks in their first matchup. Herbert could be different, though. He possesses all the makings of a franchise quarterback and the Chargers boast a solid squad on both offense and defense. I think this will be a great game.

Ravens at Miami Dolphins — Week 10

My favorite part of the 2021 schedule is the Thursday Night game against the Miami Dolphins. Baltimore has a tendency to eviscerate the Dolphins and I expect no less in this matchup. This is Tua Tagovailoa’s first meeting with the Ravens, too, meaning he will likely also find out the hard way how defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale can disguise his scheme to create pressure.