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While the Ravens knew their opponents for the 2020 regular season since the end of the 2019 season, the order has been officially finalized. 

The Ravens matchup against the Chiefs will be the biggest matchup of the season, not only for both teams but perhaps for the league as well. Still, there are otherwise some notable storylines to follow. 

Here are five non-Chiefs storylines to pay attention to:

1. Joe Burrow’s introduction to the Ravens

For the first time in the divisional rivalry, the Ravens will get to play Joe Burrow and the Bengals on Oct. 11 in Baltimore.

Burrow, the NFL Draft’s No. 1 pick, will be the fourth first-round quarterback in the division and the third Heisman Trophy winner to start at quarterback for an AFC North team in 2020. 

With the division’s most revamped offense set to face the Ravens in Week Five, it could be the beginning of a new rivalry.

2. History in New England

For the first time since the second day of the millennium, the Ravens will face a Patriots team without Tom Brady as the team’s starting quarterback. That day, Jan. 2, 2000, the Ravens started Tony Banks at quarterback while the Patriots started Drew Bledsoe. 

Now, the Ravens and Patriots will begin a new chapter to the rivalry, only this time without Brady to lead the Patriots’ offense. 

3. Payback

Derrick Henry, Ryan Tannehill and Co. will return to M&T Bank Stadium on DATE to face the Ravens in a rematch of last year’s playoff matchup in the divisional round. The Titans won 28-13.

 

In a game that slowly got away from the Ravens, they were never available to climb out of the deficit as their spectacular 14-2 season came to a shocking end.

Now, the Ravens will get their chance for payback on the Titans for last year’s playoff loss.

4. Big Ben returns

While the Steelers started 8-5 last season, they faltered down the stretch and scored just 30 points in their final three games combined to miss the playoffs. 

Despite their incredible defense, the offense was plagued with injuries all season long as Ben Roethlisberger, James Conner and JuJu Smith-Schuster all were hampered, or missed significant time, due to injuries. 

This matchup could go a long way to deciding who wins the AFC North in 2020, the first of which will be played in Baltimore on October 25th.

5. Dallas comes to Baltimore

While it might seem odd that an NFC team could present one of the most interesting storylines of the 2020 season, the Dallas Cowboys will bring exactly that to Baltimore on Dec 3rd. 

Not only are they one of the league’s most popular teams, but the Cowboys also boast one of the best skill position groups in the NFL with Dak Prescott at quarterback, Ezekiel Elliott at running back and Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and Ceedee Lamb at wide receiver. 

The Ravens’ revamped run defense will be tested by a stout offensive line and Elliott in the run game, but the Ravens’ secondary will have their hands full against three talented receivers.

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