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Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Baltimore Ravens schedule analysis

By James Walker
ESPN.com

Breakdown: Based on their offseason moves, the Baltimore Ravens are making a push for the Super Bowl. The Ravens feel this could be their year after falling short to the AFC champion Indianapolis Colts last season in the divisional round.

Baltimore boasts the No. 12-rated strength of schedule in the NFL, which isn't too daunting coming off a playoff appearance in 2009. There are some tough stretches, but overall the Ravens have enough talent to handle their schedule.

The Ravens were awarded four prime-time games, which was second most in the AFC North to the Pittsburgh Steelers (five).

Complaint department: Baltimore usually feels like it gets the short end on a lot of things, and the Ravens have a legitimate complaint with the opening month of the schedule. The Ravens play three of their first four games on the road. Baltimore's stretch will consist of playing at the New York Jets, at the Cincinnati Bengals, home against the Cleveland Browns, and at the Pittsburgh Steelers.

All three road games are against teams with winning records last year. So that is not an easy slate, especially if Steelers star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is back on the field in Week 4 against Baltimore.

Ravens vs. Rex: The Ravens will know where they stand right away when they open the season to play the Jets. Both teams are early Super Bowl contenders in the AFC and it should be a very interesting matchup on "Monday Night Football" Sept. 13.

Of course, former longtime Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan is now the head coach of the Jets. Both teams have similar personalities. So expect a lot of trash talk leading up to this game.

Ravens Regular Season Schedule (All times Eastern)
Week 1: Monday, Sep. 13, at NY Jets, 7:00 PM
Week 2: Sunday, Sep. 19, at Cincinnati, 1:00 PM
Week 3: Sunday, Sep. 26, Cleveland, 1:00 PM
Week 4: Sunday, Oct. 3, at Pittsburgh, 1:00 PM
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 10, Denver, 1:00 PM
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 17, at New England, 1:00 PM
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 24, Buffalo, 1:00 PM
Week 8: BYE
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 7, Miami, 1:00 PM
Week 10: Thursday, Nov. 11, at Atlanta, 8:20 PM
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 21, at Carolina, 1:00 PM
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 28, Tampa Bay, 1:00 PM
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 5, Pittsburgh, 8:20 PM
Week 14: Monday, Dec. 13, at Houston, 8:30 PM
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 19, New Orleans, 1:00 PM
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 26, at Cleveland, 1:00 PM
Week 17: Sunday, Jan. 2, Cincinnati, 1:00 PM