Ravens 2020 schedule: Predicting every game, week-by-week odds, matchups, projections

Only time will tell whether the 2020 NFL season kicks off on time and holds its standard 17-week regular season. But even with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic abbreviating teams' in-person offseason programs -- and perhaps, eventually, eliminating them entirely -- the league is preparing to proceed as planned come September, with 256 games on the slate starting Sept. 10.

If/when games begin, few teams are expected to do as well as the Baltimore Ravens, who enter the 2020 campaign after an explosive 14-2 finish in 2019 and with reigning MVP Lamar Jackson under center. The AFC North contenders had an early exit in the postseason, but that doesn't mean they aren't among the top-billed candidates for a Lombardi Trophy run this year.

In celebration of (hopefully) football on the horizon, here's a way-too-early week-by-week prediction for all 16 of the Ravens' regular season games on the schedule, complete with over/under win totals for every opponent courtesy of William Hill Sports Book, as well as Week 1 and 2 lines. The Ravens' O/U is 11.5:

Week 1 vs. Browns

Line: Ravens -8.5
Opponent win total: 
O/U 8.5

Prediction: Shepherded by Kevin Stefanski and better protection up front, Baker Mayfield surprises with a heck of a 2020 debut on the road. But Lamar Jackson and Baltimore's beefed-up run game is even better. Cleveland puts up a fight, but the Ravens win 28-23.

Projected record: 1-0

Week 2 at Texans

Line: Ravens -6.5
Opponent win total: O/U 8

Prediction: Embarrassed by the Ravens in 2019, the Texans play scrappy football for the first two quarters, with Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb working the middle of the field and Deshaun Watson extending plays left and right. Holes in Houston's defensive front, however, prove fatal as Jackson runs wild again. Ravens win 34-21.

Projected record: 2-0

Week 3 vs. Chiefs

Opponent win total: O/U 11.5

Prediction: Patrick Mahomes and the high-flying Chiefs enter this star-studded Monday night affair as the favorites, but things are back and forth until Marcus Peters makes his ex-team pay with a stunning pick-six in the fourth. Jackson matches Mahomes in big plays, J.K. Dobbins breaks out against K.C.'s front, and the Ravens steal the national spotlight as they win 38-35.

Projected record: 3-0

Week 4 at Redskins

Opponent win total: O/U 5.5

Prediction: Pundits correctly highlight Ron Rivera's front seven as a reason not to assume a big Baltimore victory, with Chase Young and Ryan Kerrigan teaming up to slow their opponent's moving pocket. Still, Jackson is elusive enough. Ravens win 27-16.

Projected record: 4-0

Week 5 vs. Bengals

Opponent win total: O/U 5.5

Prediction: Joe Burrow enters unfazed, even on the road, and gives Cincy a much-needed boost in comparison to the 2019 Bengals. Jackson picks apart the Bengals' rebuilt secondary, however, with Marquise Brown torching Trae Waynes for multiple deep scores. The Ravens improve to 2-0 in the North as they win 31-17.

Projected record: 5-0

Week 6 at Eagles

Opponent win total: O/U 9.5

Prediction: Doug Pederson gets extra aggressive to try to get an early lead at home, and Carson Wentz is on target enough to take Baltimore to the wire, even stealing a fourth-quarter lead at one point. In the end, Jackson's legs simply prove too lethal for Jim Schwartz's outmatched linebacker corps, and the Ravens win 29-26 to stay undefeated.

Projected record: 6-0

Week 7 vs. Steelers

Opponent win total: O/U 9

Prediction: With the bye week on the horizon, the Ravens are caught just a touch off guard when Ben Roethlisberger and Co. roll into town, underestimating the impact of a healthy No. 7 slinging it to JuJu Smith-Schuster. Pittsburgh's front is equally as productive, with T.J. Watt storming the pocket to help hand Baltimore its first loss of the year. Ravens lose 31-27.

Projected record: 6-1

Week 9 at Colts

Opponent win total: O/U 9

Prediction: The Ravens return from the bye rested up, then travel to Indy only to realize Frank Reich has a perfect game plan for Philip Rivers, who beat Jackson and Co. in the playoffs a few years back. A couple of untimely fumbles, including one by Mark Andrews in the red zone, costs Baltimore its second straight as the Ravens lose 28-20.

Projected record: 6-2

Week 10 at Patriots

Opponent win total: O/U 9

Prediction: John Harbaugh's squad looks like it's going to rout New England for the second straight year, opening hot with a deep TD from Jackson to Brown, but then everything falls apart: Chase Winovich brings Jackson down hard on a scramble, sidelining the QB for the rest of the game, and Bill Belichick's defense has no problem honing in on the run after the fact. Ravens lose 17-14.

Projected record: 6-3

Week 11 vs. Titans

Opponent win total: O/U 8.5

Prediction: Forced to start Robert Griffin III as Jackson recovers from his Week 10 injury, the Ravens get cute with gadget runs but can't convert in the red zone. Ryan Tannehill isn't much better for Tennessee, but Derrick Henry and the Titans defense are solid enough to give Mike Vrabel another upset over Harbaugh. Dejected, the Ravens lose 24-16.

Projected record: 6-4

Week 12 at Steelers

Opponent win total: O/U 9

Prediction: Under pressure to end their ugly slump and save their season, the Ravens take Heinz Field with extra energy thanks to Jackson's return under center, and the QB is as agile as ever maneuvering around the Steelers' pass rush. Patrick Queen, Marlon Humphrey and Calais Campbell team up to force a trio of Big Ben turnovers and get Baltimore back on track. Ravens win 29-23.

Projected record: 7-4

Week 13 vs. Cowboys

Opponent win total: O/U 9.5

Prediction: The Cowboys' weapons give Baltimore's secondary some trouble, with Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb both breaking off big plays early in Thursday night's affair. Fatigue sets in soon after for Dallas, however, and the Ravens' defense hunkers down in the second half to disrupt Dak Prescott and win 34-26.

Projected record: 8-4

Week 14 at Browns

Opponent win total: O/U 8.5

Prediction: With Week 1 in the rear-view mirror, Kevin Stefanski dials up an even more balanced attack, and both Baker Mayfield and Nick Chubb deliver to rival Jackson's playmaking ability at home. Reinvigorated by their two-game win streak, the Ravens still can't close the deal, with a Myles Garrett sack preventing a last-minute Justin Tucker field-goal try. Ravens lose 31-28.

Projected record: 8-5

Week 15 vs. Jaguars

Opponent win total: O/U 4.5

Prediction: With Gardner Minshew sidelined because of both injury and poor performance, the Jags turn to Joshua Dobbs for this late-season affair, and yet their eyes are squarely on 2021. It shows, too, with Calais Campbell among those wreaking havoc as the Ravens win 47-17.

Projected record: 9-5

Week 16 vs. Giants

Opponent win total: O/U 6.5

Prediction: Schooled by Bill Belichick, Joe Judge ensures the Giants take away what Baltimore does best -- running the football. Daniel Jones, meanwhile, shows some pinpoint accuracy early on. Jackson's pocket presence does wonders for the Ravens, however, who hit on several deep balls to expose New York's rebuilt secondary and win 33-21.

Projected record: 10-5

Week 17 at Bengals

Opponent win total: O/U 5.5

Prediction: Fighting for the division crown as the Steelers put up their own fight elsewhere, the Ravens come ready to roll in Cincinnati, where Burrow takes more strides and threatens to spoil Baltimore's journey to the postseason but simply can't do enough to overcome the Bengals' defensive struggles. The Ravens win 29-26 to return to the playoffs and try to make up for their early exit in 2019.

Projected record: 11-5

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Cody Benjamin joined CBS Sports in 2017 after time spent with SB Nation, various newspapers and his own Eagles outlet. Raised around the Philly sports scene, he now lives in Minnesota with his wife and... Full Bio

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