Just a couple of short years ago, it appeared the Baltimore Ravens would be entering a rebuilding period. At the time, they still had Joe Flacco's bloated contract weighing down their salary cap and the expectation was that it would take some time to evolve into a Super Bowl contender again. That expectation was not the reality and this is a testament to former general manager Ozzie Newsome and current GM Eric DeCosta. Through shrewd management and pinpoint drafting, the Ravens wasted no time transitioning franchise quarterbacks and actually improved right away. Now, as we turn the page forward to 2020, things look as bright for Baltimore as they have since their last Super Bowl season.
Few teams can boast the level of continuity that the Ravens have been able to accomplish this season. Head coach John Harbaugh, all three coordinators and quarterback Lamar Jackson all return this season. They bid farewell to a few key pieces such as offensive guard Marshal Yanda and safety Tony Jefferson but the team was able to build themselves back up stronger than ever through trades, free agency and the 2020 NFL Draft. Will their efforts finally get them a victory in the playoffs?
What we can answer for you is exactly how the Ravens schedule will play out -- week by week. Below, we'll break down the 2020 schedule by week and pinpoint all of the prime-time games to keep an eye on. We'll also dive into the Ravens' strength of schedule, what we project as their toughest stretch of games, and more. Without further ado, let's dive right into it.
- Week 1, Sep. 13: vs. Browns, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
- Week 2, Sep. 20: at Texans, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS
- Week 3, Sep. 28: vs. Chiefs (Monday Night Football), 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN
- Week 4, Oct. 4: at Redskins, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
- Week 5, Oct. 11: vs. Bengals, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
- Week 6, Oct. 18: at Eagles, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
- Week 7, Oct. 25: vs. Steelers, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
- Week 8: BYE
- Week 9, Nov. 8: at Colts, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
- Week 10, Nov. 15: at Patriots (Sunday Night Football), 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC
- Week 11, Nov. 22: vs. Titans, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
- Week 12, Nov. 26: at Steelers (Thanksgiving Day), 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC
- Week 13, Dec. 3: vs. Cowboys (Thursday Night Football), 8:20 p.m. ET, Fox
- Week 14, Dec. 14: at Browns (Monday Night Football), 8:15 p.m., ESPN
- Week 15, Dec. 20: vs. Jaguars, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
- Week 16, Dec. 27: vs. Giants, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
- Week 17, Jan. 3: at Bengals, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
The Ravens will begin their 2020 regular season against the Cleveland Browns. The two teams split their meetings a year ago. Baltimore will look to improve upon an already impressive 14-2 season from a year ago.
A year ago, Baltimore dominated the Dolphins, 59-10, in Week 1. They narrowly escaped at home against the Cardinals the following week.
Coming out of their Week 8 Bye, the Ravens have an absolutely brutal stretch of games. It begins on the road against the Colts and includes road games against the Patriots, Steelers and Browns. Mixed in with those four games are two home games against the Titans and Cowboys. Each of those teams should be in a position to compete for a playoff spot this coming season.
Four of those games occur in either prime time or on Thanksgiving Day.
As noted above in the schedule breakdown, the Ravens will be playing four prime-time games in 2020. They will have two on the road and two at home. In 2019, Baltimore announced they would play in three prime-time games. They hosted the Patriots and Jets on Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football. On Monday Night Football, they traveled to Los Angeles to play the Rams.
Strength of schedule
Earlier this offseason, John Breech broke down the 2020 strength of schedule for all 32 NFL teams based on combined opponent winning percentage in 2019. The Ravens will face the easiest strength of schedule in 2020. For a complete look at every team's strength of schedule, .
However, when basing strength of schedule on the over/under win totals for each team's opponents during the 2020 season at William Hill, the Ravens go from facing the easiest schedule in the league to facing the third-easiest schedule. For a complete look at every team's strength of schedule using this methodology, check out Jared Dubin's full breakdown here.