Coming back from a heartbreaking season could either decimate a locker room or motivate the Baltimore Ravens for the 2018 season.
After their dramatic 31-27 loss to Cincinnati, kicking the Ravens out of the postseason, their 2018 list of opponents was made official.
Each year every team in the NFL will play their division opponents twice (home and away), one division in the AFC, and one division in the NFC. The latter two are based on a set three or four-year rotation and consistent for the division. This accounts for 14 of the 16 game schedule.
Insuring parity in the NFL, the league creates the last two matchups based on where teams finished the previous season. It leads to favorable schedules for teams near the bottom of the standings and more competitive schedules for the teams near the top. This generates the popular 'worst-to-first' finish in the division in sequential seasons.
Based on these rules we already know who the Baltimore Ravens will be playing in the 2018 season.
AFC North matchups are a given, but the other two divisions the rest of the AFC North will play are the AFC West and the NFC South (the NFC division that has three of their four teams in the playoffs this year).
Since the Ravens finished second in the AFC North they will also play the two other AFC teams that finished second in their respective division: the Buffalo Bills and the Tennessee Titans.
Ravens 2018 Opponents:
Ravens 2018 Home Opponents:
Denver Broncos (AFC West)
Oakland Raiders (AFC West)
New Orleans Saints (NFC South)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFC South)
Buffalo Bills (AFC East)
Ravens 2018 Away Opponents:
Kansas City Chiefs (AFC West)
Los Angeles Chargers (AFC West)
Carolina Panthers (NFC South)
Atlanta Falcons (NFC South)
Tennessee Titans (AFC South)