In the long view, the Baltimore Ravens are doing quite well. Since 2008 the Ravens have made the playoffs six times, won 10 postseason games and a
Was Baltimore’s disappointing 2015 NFL season the result of a rash of injuries to key players, or a sign that the team is beginning to trend downward, as one winning season in the last three could indicate?
Ted Marchibroda was the first head coach of the Baltimore Ravens in 1996 and he was also head coach of the Baltimore Colts. But the Ravens never enjoyed a winning season under Marchibroda.
Brian Billick took over the team in 2000 and a year later led them to a 12-4 mark and an Super Bowl title as a wildcard team. The Ravens are the only team in NFL history to win the Super Bowl in their first winning season in franchise history and they are the only Super Bowl champion to win a Super Bowl before winning a division title.
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Baltimore Ravens Game Schedule
Here is where all of the information about the Ravens upcoming NFL schedule is contained and Baltimore will be looking to avoid successive playoff absences for the first time since 2004-05.
If Baltimore doesn’t burst from the gate rolling, the Ravens will have no one to blame but themselves. They don’t face a single 2105 playoff team among their first seven 2016 opponents. It gets tougher from that point, with five of their last nine games against teams who qualified for the 2015 postseason.
Bovada has set the over/under on wins by the Ravens at 8.5, placing them third in the AFC North behind the Pittsburgh Steelers (10.5) and Cincinnati Bengals (9.5).
Baltimore Ravens Standings Today
These are the current AFC North standings. You can get all the up to date information on where the Baltimore Ravens are ranked within both the division and the overall AFC picture.
Legendary Chicago Bears running back Gale Sayers entitled his autobiography I Am Third and if you were to write a review of the Ravens, We Are Third would be an appropriate title. Since their 2012 AFC North title and Super Bowl triumph, the Ravens have finished third in three successive seasons and produced just one winning campaign.
The Ravens struggled everywhere during the 2015 season – overall (5-11), at home (3-5), on the road (2-6), against the AFC (4-8), against the NFC (1-3), against the spread (5-9-2) and in the over/under (7-9). The only place they could do as well as break even was within the division, where the Ravens were 3-3.
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The statistics posted by the Baltimore Ravens during the 2015 NFL season for the most part don’t read like a team that posted a 5-11 record, which was among the worst in the league.
Baltimore’s defense was ninth overall in the NFL and the offense rated 14th best in the league. Not spectacular but far from terrible. The Ravens’ defense finished 10th against the pass and 12th against the run, while Baltimore’s passing offense was eighth overall in the NFL. Baltimore’s rushing offense was a dismal 26th in the league and the ability of the Ravens to both put points on the board and keep them off the board was also disappointing.
The Ravens produced 20.50 points per game on offense, which was 24th overall in the NFL. The Baltimore defense allowed 25.06 points per game, which also ranked 24th among NFL teams.
After a 5-11 2015 season, it’s been tough for the Baltimore Ravens to get any love from the national media. Pro Football Focus rated Baltimore’s roster as the 17th-best in the NFL. Pro Football Weekly predicted an 8-8- season and another campaign without playoff football for the Ravens.
When the NFL schedule was released for the 2016 season, some sportsbooks forecast the Ravens being favored in just six of their 16 games. Bovada listed the Ravens as the seventh most likely AFC team to reach the Super Bowl at +1400, behind AFC North rivals the Pittsburgh Steelers (+525) and Cincinnati Bengals (+800).
TopBet is even less sold on the Ravens, who are their eighth Super Bowl pick from the AFC at +1600, again trailing among other teams their division rivals the Steelers (+550) and Bengals (+750).
They call him senior and if all goes well in 2016, Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith will join an exclusive club. Smith needs just 39 more receptions to become the 14th wideout in NFL history to garner 1,000 career receptions.
Smith was on pace to achieve the accomplishment in 2015 until an achilles injury ended his seven in Week 7. Smith already had 46 catches in seven games at that point and was well on his way to the milestone.
Smith, who has averaged five catches per game as a Raven, also needs just 68 yards to reach 14,000 in career reception yardage.