The Baltimore Ravens went a disappointing 8-8 in 2013, just one season after winning the Super Bowl. The reasons were many, but the offense was the biggest culprit. With an offensive line that couldn't open holes in the run game, the Ravens had their lowest rushing total in franchise history. The line also struggled to protect quarterback Joe Flacco—he was sacked a career-high 48 times.
This year, things could certainly be different. Flacco not only has tight end Dennis Pitta at full health, but he also has the services of veteran receiver Steve Smith to help him move the ball. The offensive line already looks to be in better shape, with Jeremy Zuttah replacing Gino Gradkowski at center and Eugene Monroe remaining at left tackle.
Though many things are likely to change for the Ravens in the coming months—including, but not just limited to, next month's draft—Wednesday's release of the 2014 NFL schedule provides us an opportunity to make early predictions on how the Ravens' season will play out.
Will they improve from 2013's 8-8 record? Could they win enough games to reach the postseason and contend for the Super Bowl yet again? Here are predictions for the Ravens' entire 2014 schedule.