Key Additions – Mark Ingram, Seth Roberts, Earl Thomas, Marquise Brown, Jaylon Ferguson, Miles Boykin, Justice Hill, Justin Bethel, Shane Ray, Pernell McPhee, Michael Floyd
Key Returns – Robert Griffin III
Key Departures – John Brown, Michael Crabtree, Joe Flacco, C.J. Mosley, Za’Darius Smith, Terrell Suggs, Brent Urban, Eric Weddle, Brent Urban, Ty Montgomery, Javorius Allen, Alex Collins
|Week 1||Sept. 9th 1:00 PM ET||@ Miami Dolphins (CBS)|
|Week 2||Sept. 15 1:00 PM ET||vs. Arizona Cardinals (FOX)|
|Week 3||Sept. 22nd 1:00 PM ET||@ Kansas City Chiefs (CBS)|
|Week 4||Sept. 29th 1:00 PM ET||vs. Cleveland Browns (CBS)|
|Week 5||Oct. 6th 1:00 PM ET||@ Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS)|
|Week 6||Oct. 13th 1:00 PM ET||vs. Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)|
|Week 7||Oct. 20th 4:25PM ET||@ Seattle Seahawks (FOX)|
|Week 8||Bye Week|
|Week 9||Nov. 3rd 8:20 PM ET||vs. New England Patriots (NBC)|
|Week 10||Nov. 10th 1:00 PM ET||@ Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)|
|Week 11||Nov. 17th 1:00 PM ET||vs. Houston Texans (CBS)|
|Week 12||Nov. 25th 8:15 PM ET||@ Los Angeles Rams (ESPN)|
|Week 13||Dec. 1st 1:00 PM ET||vs. San Francisco 49ers (FOX)|
|Week 14||Dec. 8th 1:00 PM ET||@ Buffalo Bills (CBS)|
|Week 15||Dec. 12th 8:20 PM ET||vs. New York Jets (FOX)|
|Week 16||Dec. 22nd 1:00 PM ET||@ Cleveland Browns (CBS)|
|Week 17||Dec. 29th 1:00 PM ET||vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS)|
The 2018 campaign for the Baltimore Ravens, saw the beginnings of a rebuild. Joe Flacco played the first part of the season and would eventually injure his hip in week nine to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Enter Heisman winner Lamar Jackson, who set a record for rushing attempts for a quarterback and led the team to a 6-1 finish and a postseason appearance. The defense finished first in total defense and second in scoring defense which certainly helped propel the Ravens into the playoffs.
The 2019 campaign will see a lot of changes. In the offseason, Flacco and receivers John Brown and Michael Crabtree departed via free agency. Defensively, the losses of Terrell Suggs, CJ Mosley, and Za’Darious Smith will be difficult shoes to fill. The NFL draft saw the Ravens address several of the team’s needs.
First-round pick Marquise Brown will look to provide Jackson with a WR1 for his further development. Also, free agent Mark Ingram will look to provide a viable option for the Ravens at running back that is capable of being a 1,000-yard rusher. Miles Boykin at wide receiver and Justice Hill at running back will only contribute high energy with their speed. Jaylon Ferguson drafted in the second round will look to be the next man up in the defensive history of the Ravens. Bringing in Earl Thomas should help give the young Ravens defense the leadership needed to remain a top unit in the league.
The schedule for the 2019 campaign should provide its fair share of challenges for the Ravens. Within the first month of the season, the week three though five stretch has the Ravens going on the road to Kansas City and Pittsburgh with a home game against the Browns sandwiched between. In addition, road contests at Seattle, and the Rams, and a battle with the defending champion Patriots coming out of the bye week will provide a trial by fire.
Should they be able to weather the storm, they will certainly be in contention for the division as well as a playoff berth. Deep into the season with the week 17 matchup against the Steelers possibly determines a playoff seed for both teams. On paper, the Ravens look to be a better team than last year, but the question is, will it be enough to secure a playoff berth in a tough division.