The 2023 schedule is out for the Baltimore Ravens. The team looks to improve upon their 10-7 mark from a season ago, where they finished second in the AFC North and narrowly lost to the Cincinnati Bengals in the Wild Card round of the NFL Playoffs.
Player injuries and availability mainly hindered the Ravens’ potential down the stretch last year as they lost three out of the four final games.
Quarterback Lamar Jackson missed five starts in 2022 but signed a contract extension this past March. He will also have more offensive weapons and a new offensive coordinator. Could it be a big year for the Ravens? Let’s assess their upcoming 2023 season and predict their win-loss record.
Ravens Open The Season At Home
Week 1 vs. Houston Texans (Sept. 10, 1 p.m.)
With a new coaching staff, a great draft, and a weak division, the Texans are potentially primed to go from worst to first in the AFC South. However, the Ravens are significantly better and are historically strong in their openers.
Week 2 at Cincinnati Bengals (Sept. 17, 1 p.m.)
The Bengals present too much of an early-season test, especially on the road.
Week 3 vs. Indianapolis Colts (Sept. 24, 1 p.m.)
The Colts had a forgettable season last year and are still rebuilding. They could be starting their rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson who will be inexperienced.
Week 4 at Cleveland Browns (Oct. 1, 1 p.m.)
The Ravens only put up three points in Cleveland last season, but that was with backup Tyler Huntley leading the offense. A healthy Lamar Jackson should be able to get Baltimore their first division win of the year.
Week 5 at Pittsburgh Steelers (Oct. 8, 1 p.m.)
Remarkably, Baltimore has to play each of their AFC North rivals on the road within the first five weeks. It’s a challenging way to start the season. This one could be a tight game, with Pittsburgh finding a practice late.
Week 6 vs. Tennessee Titans, in London (Oct. 15, 9:30 a.m.)
While a London game is never easy, the Ravens are the better team. The Titans finished last season 7-10.
Week 7 vs. Detroit Lions (Oct. 22, 1 p.m.)
Despite rebuilding last year, Detroit finished the season with a winning record. They could trouble the Ravens, but Baltimore comes through in the end.
Week 8 at Arizona Cardinals (Oct. 29, 4:25 p.m.)
Arizona went 4-13 last season and won’t be much better this year. It should be an easy Ravens win.
Week 9 vs. Seattle Seahawks (Nov. 5, 1 p.m.)
Even with trading quarterback Russell Wilson away before last season, the Seahawks got better as they finished the year 9-8. Seattle could be one of the surprise teams this year and catch the Ravens off-guard.
Week 10 vs. Cleveland Browns (Nov. 12, 1 p.m.)
The Ravens have won 20 out of the past 26 games in the series and should be able to handle Cleveland at home.
Week 11 vs. Cincinnati Bengals, on ‘Thursday Night Football’ (Nov. 16, 8:15 p.m.)
The late bye week, which is still two weeks away and a short week, catches up to the Ravens in a tough matchup against Cincinnati.
Week 12 at Los Angeles Chargers, on ‘Sunday Night Football’ (Nov. 26, 8:20 p.m.)
A prime-time west-coast trip spells trouble, but it should be an exciting game. Luckily the Ravens would have had ten days off and come away with a close win.
Week 13: Bye
Week 14 vs. Los Angeles Rams (Dec. 10, 1 p.m.)
LA had a hard fall this past year after winning the Super Bowl two seasons ago. Sean McVay is still their head coach, but they likely won’t have a competitive enough team. It’s an excellent post-bye matchup for the Ravens.
Week 15 at Jacksonville Jaguars, on ‘Sunday Night Football’ (Dec. 17, 8:20 p.m.)
The Jaguars showed last season that they could be a dangerous team at home in Baltimore’s gut-wrenching 28-27 Week 12 loss. It could repeat this year as the Ravens go on a challenging road stretch.
Week 16 at San Francisco 49ers, on ‘Monday Night Football’ (Dec. 25, 8:15 p.m.)
The 49ers are among the best teams in the NFL and have made the NFC Championship three out of the past four seasons. A west-coast trip on Christmas is just too much.
Week 17 vs. Miami Dolphins
Despite a 35-14 lead in the second half against Miami last year, the Ravens still lost. This will not be the case this year, as Baltimore will take this late-season matchup with playoff implications seriously.
Week 18 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
If playoff seeding is set for either team, the game may not matter. Otherwise, the Ravens are at home and should be able to handle this one.
With this win-loss prediction, the Ravens would finish the season a respectable 11-6. This should be enough to clinch a Wild Card spot where hopefully, Baltimore can go on a deep playoff run.
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