10 Toughest Games on Ravens 2013-14 Schedule
Looking at the toughest games
Last season, the Baltimore Ravens finished with a 10-6 record and captured their second Super Bowl trophy in franchise history. This season's team has many new faces and had many high-caliber players leave. They have the fifth toughest schedule in the league and their opponents combined record is 137-119. We're taking a look at their 10 toughest games.
10. Week 4: @ Buffalo Bills
The Ravens will have to travel to Buffalo to face the Bills in Week 4. The Bills have been a struggling team for years, but they are a tough team to beat on the road. They also will have more talent at quarterback this season whether it is rookie E.J. Manuel or Kevin Kolb.
9. Week 15: @ Detroit Lions
The Ravens will play the Detroit Lions in their only Monday Night Football game of the season. The Ravens will have a tough time with Calvin Johnson, arguably the best wide receiver in the league. They also must be ready to protect Joe Flacco against the Lions dangerous front four.
8. Week 14: vs. Minnesota Vikings
Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings come to town in Week 14. Peterson, arguably the most dominant running back in the league, rushed for 2,097 yards last season. The Vikings also added weapons to the passing game with signing Pro Bowl receiver Greg Jennings.
7. Week 11: @ Chicago Bears
The Ravens will travel to Soldier Field to play the Chicago Bears in Week 11. Flacco and the offense must protect the ball against the Bears, who lead the league with 44 takeaways last season.
6. Week 17: @ Cincinnati Bengals
Baltimore will end the season for the second year in a row against their division foe the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals won last season's finale and will have their home crowd behind them again for this matchup. Even though A.J. Green has yet to catch a touchdown pass against the Ravens, he is still a threat to their secondary.
5. Week 7: @ Pittsburgh Steelers
The Ravens and Steelers will rekindle their historic rivalry in Week 7 in Pittsburgh. The two teams split the season series by a combined six points last year. A trip to Heinz Field is always difficult and with a healthy Ben Roethlisberger, it might be very problematic for the defending champs.
4. Week 3: vs. Houston Texans
The Houston Texans obliterated the Ravens 43-13 last season in Reliant Stadium. The Ravens have a chance to get revenge in Week 3. Flacco and company only had 176 total yards of offense in that matchup. They will have to produce much more than that to keep up with the Texans powerful offense.
3. Week 6: vs. Green Bay Packers
The Ravens will host the Green Bay Packers in Week 6. Baltimore must be ready for the Packers aerial attack as Aaron Rodgers had the best passer rating in the league last season.
2. Week 16: vs. New England Patriots
A rematch of last season's AFC Championship game will take place in Week 16. The Ravens beat the New England Patriots twice last season so expect Tom Brady and company to be hungry for a victory. Two of their last three meetings have been decided by three points or less.
1. Week 1: @ Denver Broncos
Instead of the Ravens opening up the season at home to celebrate their Super Bowl victory, they must open up in Denver against the Broncos. Mile High is no easy place to play as the Broncos went 7-1 at home last season. Peyton Manning and his squad will be looking for revenge after a painful playoff loss in the Divisional Round last season.