Baltimore Ravens game predictions

September, 2, 2014
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ESPN.com Baltimore Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley makes his game-by-game picks for the 2014 season.

Week 1: Cincinnati Bengals

The Ravens are banged up in the secondary, but they tend to be at their best against Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton. Baltimore is 3-0 against Dalton at home, picking him off seven times. Prediction: Win


Week 2: Pittsburgh Steelers

On a short week, the benefit of playing an easier season-opening opponent (Cleveland Browns) is a definite edge for the Steelers. Plus, the Ravens haven't dominated Pittsburgh at M&T Bank Stadium, winning only two of the past four games played there. Prediction: Loss


Week 3: at Cleveland Browns

The Ravens have won 11 of their past 12 games against the Browns. They even get a few extra days to prepare for the Browns because they're coming off a Thursday night game. Prediction: Win


Week 4: Carolina Panthers

If this game is close, wide receiver Steve Smith will find a way to will the Ravens to a win over his former team. Is there any way Smith doesn't get 100 yards receiving in this game? Prediction: Win


Week 5: at Indianapolis Colts

The Ravens are vulnerable in the secondary, which is why they'll struggle against elite quarterbacks this year. And Andrew Luck is an elite quarterback, especially at home, where he is 13-3. Prediction: Loss


Week 6: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Ravens aren't going to lose to Josh McCown for a second straight year. The reason? Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil are going to get pressure against that Bucs offensive line. Prediction: Win


Week 7: Atlanta Falcons

In a game where the quarterbacks will headline, Matt Ryan will get the better of Joe Flacco. This looks like a bounce-back year for the Falcons. Prediction: Loss


Week 8: at Cincinnati Bengals

The Ravens historically don't play well in Paul Brown Stadium. Baltimore has lost four of its past five games in Cincinnati. The Ravens even lost there last season when Dalton threw three interceptions. Prediction: Loss


Week 9: at Pittsburgh Steelers

The Ravens haven't been swept by the Steelers since 2008. But this could be the season when Pittsburgh takes back the AFC North. Prediction: Loss


Week 10: Tennessee Titans

Joe Flacco is 11-1 at home in November with a 98.2 passer rating. Look for the Ravens to pick on former teammate Bernard Pollard in the passing game. Prediction: Win


Week 12: at New Orleans Saints

The Ravens return to the site of their Super Bowl championship, but this is far from a neutral field. This is the Ravens' most difficult road game of the season. The Saints are 20-4 at the Superdome over the past three seasons. Prediction: Loss


Week 13: San Diego Chargers

In his past four games against the Ravens, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has averaged 295 yards passing, throwing seven touchdowns and two interceptions. His passer rating is 102.3. Only Peyton Manning has a better rating (131.2) against the Ravens since 2007. Prediction: Loss


Week 14: at Miami Dolphins

Flacco is 4-0 against Miami, which includes a divisional playoff win in January 2009. He has completed 61.9 percent of his passes against the Dolphins and has a 95 passer rating. Prediction: Win


Week 15: Jacksonville Jaguars

Since 2009, the Jaguars are tied with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cleveland Browns for the worst record in December. The Jaguars have lost 16 of 22 games in that month. Prediction: Win


Week 16: at Houston Texans

New Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak will want to prove something to all the Texans fans who thought his attack was too predictable. Plus, could the Ravens be facing rookie quarterback Tom Savage at this point? Prediction: Win


Week 17: Cleveland Browns

The schedule is set up for the Ravens to finish strong, and history heavily favors the Ravens in this one. The Browns are one of two teams who haven't won a regular-season finale since 2010 (St. Louis is the other). Cleveland's average margin of defeat in the past four season-enders is 15.7 points. Prediction: Win


Predicted Record: 9-7

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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