Ravens 2nd Half of Season Predictions


Milo Fisher

Taken by and reused with permission from Milo Fisher.

Jacob Guttman, Staff Writer

Predicted Record: 9-7 

The Baltimore Ravens have had an up and down season up to this point, including blowout wins and blowout losses. The road ahead for the squad seems to be considerably easy, holding competitions with the Browns, Texans, Colts, and the Aaron Rodger-less Packers. If all goes well in weeks 10-17, the Ravens will come out the AFC North with a winning record and the 2nd wildcard spot.  

Coming off their bye week, the Ravens will make their way to Green Bay to take on the Packers (5-4).  The Packers are 1-3 since losing their star quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a devastating collarbone injury.  Baltimore should be able to shut down backup QB Brett Hundley as they have the one of the best pass defenses in the NFL. Giving up a mere 185 yards/game with a league-leading 13 interceptions, the defense will play a huge role as the offense has its struggles. 

In the following week, the Ravens should be able to pull out a win against the Texans.  The Texans who lost their Rookie of the Year quarterback Deshaun Watson to a torn ACL, will be the Monday Night Football matchup for the Ravens week 11. Houston is 0-2 without Watson, including a blowout loss to the Rams. 

The Ravens’ last NFC matchup of the year is against a Detroit Lions team who can’t seem to taste victory against winning-record teams this season, minus the Vikings.  The Lions are a middle of the pack team with a functional offense and below mediocre defense.  This contest will be important to both teams’ playoff chances. 

Onto the next week, but this isn’t just any other week.  Sunday night, December 10th, 2017 brings one of the most truculent rivalries in all of sports; the Baltimore Ravens versus the Pittsburgh Steelers.  As of now, the Steelers are the clear leaders of the AFC North and maybe the AFC altogether.  The Steelers are certainly favored but these two teams have never failed to make it a fun competition to watch. 

The Cleveland Browns have not beat the Ravens since an overtime showdown in October, 2015.  The Ravens should simply be able to win this game, no analysis needed.  The Indianapolis Colts will make their way to Baltimore Week 16.  The Colts are no more than a below average football team this year.  The Ravens should get the dub. 

To close out the season the Ravens take on the Bengals in a classic AFC North rivalry game.  The Bengals are nothing special this year.  Earlier in the season the Ravens shutout their division rival 20-0.  Week 17 will be very important for Baltimore in the playoff picture.  Prepare for another wildcard playoff run Baltimore. Flacco and company will finish out the year strong. 

Prediction: Baltimore Ravens make the 2nd wildcard (9-7).