Looking at the Ravens’ 2016 schedule, they will likely need another strong September to make the playoffs.
During John Harbaugh’s eight-year tenure as head coach, the Ravens have made the playoffs six times. In all six playoff seasons, the Ravens have enjoyed a winning September. When the Ravens missed the playoffs in 2013 and 2015 under Harbaugh, they had a non-winning September.
2008 - 2-1 in September, made playoffs
2009 – 3-0 in September, made playoffs
2010 – 2-1 in September, made playoffs
2011 – 2-1 in September, made playoffs
2012 – 3-1 in September, made playoffs, won Super Bowl
2013 – 2-2 in September, missed playoffs
2014 – 3-1 in September, made playoffs
2015 – 0-3 in September, missed playoffs
On paper, the Ravens’ upcoming September schedule looks favorable, with three games against teams that missed the playoffs in 2015. They open at home against the Bills (8-8), followed by road games against the Browns (3-13) and Jaguars (5-11).
So if history holds form, you will have a strong indication of the Ravens’ playoff chances by the time they host the Raiders in Week 4 on Oct. 2. If the Ravens start 3-0 or 2-1, bet on them making the playoffs. If they start 1-2 or 0-3, their playoff chances won’t look good, especially since they have road games against the Patriots, Steelers, and Bengals in December.