NFL MVP Lamar Jackson led the Baltimore Ravens to a 14-2 record in 2019 – a mark that will be difficult to replicate given one of the NFL’s tougher schedules in 2020.
That first-place schedule includes conference games against New England, Kansas City and Tennessee – which shocked the Ravens in the AFC Divisional playoffs last season. Baltimore will face the AFC South and NFC East this season, and the AFC North should be improved across the board.
Baltimore should get a handful of prime-time games, too.
Here is a complete breakdown of the Baltimore Ravens’ 2020 schedule, including dates and start times for all 16 games and our early prediction.
Baltimore Ravens schedule 2020
- Home: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Kansas City, Dallas, N.Y. Giants
- Away: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, New England, Houston, Philadelphia, Washington
The Baltimore Ravens’ full schedule will be released Thursday at 8 p.m. ET along with the entire 2020 NFL schedule.
(For Canadian viewers, each game can be streamed on DAZN.)
Dallas and Kansas City look like the most-intriguing home games. That marks just the sixth meeting between the Ravens and Cowboys, and Baltimore 4-1.
The Chiefs offer an opportunity to see the last two MVP quarterbacks in action. Jackson and Patrick Mahomes II should put on a show in that one. Kansas City beat Baltimore in a 33-28 thriller in 2019, and we expect more of the same.
Ravens strength of schedule & prediction
Baltimore’s opponents had a 112-144 record last season, which makes the Ravens’ record the easiest in the league when it comes to last year’s record.
That could be a little misleading knowing that seven games are against teams that won six games or less last season. That includes two apiece with Cincinnati and Cleveland – teams that improved significantly in the offseason.
Toughest tests: New England and Houston are two of the three teams on Baltimore’s schedule that won 10 or more games last season.
Both of those games are on the road. The Texans will be looking for revenge after a 41-7 loss last season, and it’s always exciting to get Jackson and Deshaun Watson on the same field.
Despite two playoff victories at Gillette Stadium, Baltimore has never won a regular-season game at New England. That 0-5 record will put to the test.
Biggest breaks: Tennessee and Kansas City are the only teams on Baltimore’s schedule who won more than three road games last season. The Ravens should be able to take advantage of that home schedule, especially if they can take care of business against the AFC North.
Remember, Cleveland beat Baltimore 40-25 in Week 4 last season in what turned out to be one of the more head-scratching results of the entire season.
Bottom line: It’s asking too much to win 14 games again, but Baltimore should be able to take advantage of that favorable schedule at home to keep pace with the other Super Bowl contenders in the AFC.
It still starts with the AFC North. The Ravens are 8-4 in the division the last two seasons, which isn’t significantly better than Pittsburgh (7-4-1) or Cleveland (6-5-1). Cincinnati (2-10) should be better with Joe Burrow, too.
That said, Baltimore remains the team to beat in the division.
Record prediction: 12-4