2011 NFL Schedule: Baltimore Ravens to Take Advantage of AFC's Easiest Schedule
2011 NFL Schedule for Baltimore Ravens is a Piece of Cake
Boy did the Baltimore Ravens luck out here! A perennially dominant team, the Ravens face the 31st-hardest schedule in the NFL, second only to the Arizona Cardinals.
The Ravens finished the 2010 season 12-4 as they fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers in an AFC divisional showdown in the postseason, and they will have their chance to settle the score starting in Week 1 as they play host to Steeler Nation.
When the Ravens play the Steelers, fans are always in for some down and dirty AFC North football, and a win for either team will start the season off right.
But what's this? Ravens vs. Steelers at 1 o'clock?
Something about kicking off the 2011 season without showcasing one of the most bitter rivalries in the NFL just doesn't seem right to me. ESPN's James Walker agrees:
It's surprising that the Week 1 matchup between the Ravens and Steelers turned out to be a 1 p.m. start. This is the best rivalry in football and will involve two likely playoff contenders. At the very least, this could have been a highlighted by television networks for a later, 4 p.m. start.
Full disclosure: I am a Steelers fan, so I may be a bit biased. But really?
I'm sure that many fans could make a case for putting that exciting Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Jets rivalry on display, but it wouldn't be a very convincing one.
Here's a look at the rest of the Ravens' schedule:
Week 1: vs. Steelers
Week 2: at Titans
Week 3: at Rams
Week 4: vs. Jets
Week 10: at Seahawks
Week 11: vs. Bengals
Week 12: vs. 49ers
Week 13: at Browns
Week 6: vs. Texans
Week 7: at Jaguars
Week 8: vs. Cardinals
Week 9: at Steelers
Week 14: vs. Colts
Week 15: at Chargers
Week 16: vs. Browns
Week 17: at Bengals
Bye: Week 5
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