The Baltimore Ravens are still the defending Super Bowl champions, but when the 2013 season starts in Denver, it will be a very different team that puts on those Ravens helmets.
General manager Ozzie Newsome refused to mortgage the future in the hopes of keeping the championship squad together. The result was a roster shakeup unlike anything that any Super Bowl champion had ever attempted.
The Ravens lost eight players who were on the field for an average of 89 percent of the team’s snaps. Consequently, there are a lot of new pieces that have to get acclimated to the system and a lot of team chemistry that needs to be rebuilt.
The roster turnover, loss of leadership and a potential Super Bowl hangover have many experts predicting that Baltimore won't even make the playoffs this season. If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the years, it’s that the Baltimore Ravens love being the underdogs.
Here is the Ravens' regular-season schedule for 2013:
|1||at Denver Broncos (Thursday Night Football)|
|2||vs. Cleveland Browns|
|3||vs. Houston Texans|
|4||at Buffalo Bills|
|5||at Miami Dolphins|
|6||vs. Green Bay Packers|
|7||at Pittsburgh Steelers|
|9||at Cleveland Browns|
|10||vs. Cincinnati Bengals|
|11||at Chicago Bears|
|12||vs. New York Jets|
|13||vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (Thanksgiving Night Football)|
|14||vs. Minnesota Vikings|
|15||at Detroit Lions (Monday Night Football)|
|16||vs. New England Patriots (Sunday Night Football)|
|17||at Cincinnati Bengals|
What follows is a preview, prediction and an X-factor for every game on the Ravens’ calendar.