Baltimore Ravens Schedule to be Announced Tonight


The National Football League is releasing the full league schedule tonight, and for many NFL fans, it is time to start figuring out potential road trips and game day plans.

The league will unveil the 2015 schedule at 8 p.m. tonight during a special broadcast on NFL Network. The Baltimore Ravens have known for some time now who their opponents will be for the upcoming season, but tonight’s announcement will confirm the dates and locations of those contests.

The Ravens will have their work cut out for them in 2015 as they will have the eleventh hardest schedule based on their opponents’ 2014 records. The AFC North, AFC West and NFC West figure to beat up on each other in 2015 with ten of those teams set to take on hardest schedules in the NFL. Ravens opponents finished 137-117-2 (.539) with 11 of those teams sporting a record of .500 or better in 2014.

The rest of the AFC North is in the same boat as the Ravens. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals will have the toughest strength of schedules, while the Cleveland Browns have the ninth hardest schedule.

The preseason schedule was announced earlier this month, and features strictly NFC foes, none of which they will see again in the regular season. They will open up the preseason with a home game against the New Orleans Saints on Aug. 13. The first road contest of the new season will take place in Philadelphia, where the Ravens will take on Chip Kelly and the Eagles.

The tuneup game will once again feature the Battle of the Beltways as the Washington Redskins will come to M&T Bank Stadium. The preseason will come to a close after a Sept. 3 contest against the Atlanta Falcons that figures to see very few starters on the field. At this time, the Ravens will have their roster finalized and be prepared for whatever the schedule makers throw their way.

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The Ravens will certainly earn a lot of travelers miles this season as they will square off with teams from the NFC and AFC West, in addition to the usual AFC North opponents.

The Seattle Seahawks are arguably the best team on the Ravens’ schedule, but will travel to Baltimore. The remaining opponents scheduled to come to Charm City are the San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Ravens will travel to Denver, Oakland, San Fransisco, Miami and Arizona for road matchups. The frequent travel out west should result in a plethora of late games that the Ravens and their fans aren’t normally accustomed to.

While most of the focus will be on the West Coast foes, the Ravens must win the AFC North to return to the playoffs when it is all said and done. The NFL made a scheduling change a few years back which made the final month of the season feature mostly divisional foes. Surprisingly, that wasn’t the case in 2014, as the Ravens played just one divisional foe in December.

It remains to be seen how many primetime games the Ravens will be awarded for the 2015 season. Last season, the Ravens were a part of three primetime games, including both meetings against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The 2015 season will begin with the defending champion New England Patriots kicking off the campaign on Thursday, Sept. 10. If you were hoping for a chance for some revenge for the playoff loss, the only scenario in which they will get to beat the reigning champs will have to come in the playoffs.

If you are anything like me, the game in Miami sounds like a perfect opportunity for a road trip. We will find out in just a few hours which weekend to start planning that getaway to Florida.

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