The 2014 season for the Baltimore Ravens will be all about bouncing back as they compete in a tough AFC North division. In 2013 the Ravens finished 8-8 overall, including going 3-3 against divisional opponents. The Ravens have been one of the most successful teams in all of the NFL since drafting quarterback Joe Flacco 18th overall in the 2008 NFL Draft.
The 2013 season was one of the worst in Flacco’s young career, which resulted in an 8-8 season for the Ravens. Baltimore awarded Flacco with a contract that made him the league’s highest paid quarterback after he helped lead the Ravens to a Super Bowl 47 victory. Flacco’s contract was a six year deal worth 120 million dollars. Flacco was the Super Bowl MVP and the Ravens felt it was time to reward him. After last year the contract became a hot topic and there were even some rumblings of whether he was worth all that money or not. As the Ravens start to look forward to the 2014 season Flacco will have to get back to his 2012 form.
The Ravens’ defense has always been one of the league’s best, but had to adjust to life without Ed Reed and Ray Lewis in 2013. Now that the Ravens have had a season without Reed and Lewis they will be expected to return to their dominant form of years past.
The 2014 schedule for the Ravens has some soft spots that I believe will help them get back to being one of the best teams in the AFC. Baltimore has some non-divisional games against teams that were towards the bottom of the league last year in wins. This could serve well for the Ravens and their quest to get back to an elite Super Bowl status.
I will go through all 16 games for the Baltimore Ravens and predict how I see each one turning out. The Ravens could be one of the bounce back teams in 2014, but it will take some good health and a rejuvenated season by Flacco. It will be an interesting season in Baltimore this coming year as the questions about Flacco’s contract continue to hang over the franchise.
Week 1- Cincinnati Bengals @ Baltimore Ravens- Baltimore Ravens win
Week 2- Pittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore Ravens- Baltimore Ravens win
Week 3- Baltimore Ravens @ Cleveland Browns- Baltimore Ravens win
Week 4- Carolina Panthers @ Baltimore Ravens- Baltimore Ravens win
Week 5- Baltimore Ravens @ Indianapolis Colts- Indianapolis Colts win
Week 6- Baltimore Ravens @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Baltimore Ravens
Week 7- Atlanta Falcons @ Baltimore Ravens- Baltimore Ravens
Week 8- Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati Bengals- Cincinnati Bengals
Week 9- Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh Steelers- Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 10- Tennessee Titans @ Baltimore Ravens-Baltimore Ravens
Week 11- Bye Week
Week 12- Baltimore Ravens @ New Orleans Saints- New Orleans Saints
Week 13- San Diego Chargers @ Baltimore Ravens-Baltimore Ravens
Week 14- Baltimore Ravens @ Miami Dolphins- Baltimore Ravens
Week 15- Jacksonville Jaguars @ Baltimore Ravens-Baltimore Ravens
Week 16- Baltimore Ravens @ Houston Texans- Baltimore Ravens
Week 17- Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore Ravens- Baltimore Ravens
After examining the 2014 Baltimore Ravens’ schedule I have them finishing 12-4. As I mentioned earlier, they have some soft spots in their schedule that I feel will really benefit their overall record. This would be a four win increase from 2013 to 2014 and would certainly get the Ravens into the playoffs this coming season.
I believe the Ravens’ defense will improve in 2014 after they have had a year to get used to life without Lewis and Reed leading the way. Flacco should have a better year in 2014 after coming down from the high of winning a Super Bowl following the 2012 season.
The Ravens will be a playoff team in my estimation and one of the top teams in the AFC along with division rival Pittsburgh. Baltimore will get back on the winning track following a down 2013 season for their standards in recent years. So, the Ravens are projected to finish 12-4 and competing for a first round bye in the AFC playoffs in 2014.