The 2015-16 NFL season was one to forget for the Baltimore Ravens. Just three years removed from back-to-back AFC Championship Game appearances and a 34-31 Super Bowl XLVII win over the San Francisco 49ers, the Ravens stumbled to a 5-11 record, their first losing season since a similar 5-11 campaign in 2007 that cost head coach Brian Billick his job and began the John Harbaugh era in Baltimore. It was the second time in three seasons that Baltimore had missed the playoffs.
The Ravens played 15 postseason games between 2004-14, going 10-5 and playing in three AFC Championship Games during that span. They are 2-0 in Super Bowl play, the only team in the history of the NFL to reach mutliple Super Bowls without losing at least one of them.
Baltimore can boast it has seen two different teams bring a Super Bowl title to town. The Colts originally did it and the Ravens have done it twice since.
The Baltimore Colts first represented the city in Super Bowl III and it was an auspicious start. The 18-point favorite Colts fell 16-7 to the New York Jets. But the Colts returned two years later to edge the Dallas Cowboys 16-13 in Super Bowl V.
When the Colts left for Indianapolis in 1984, Baltimore went without the NFL for a dozen years. But the Ravens arrived in 1996 and by 2000-01, defeated the New York Giants 34-7 in Super Bowl XXXV. The Ravens followed that up with a 34-31 Super Bowl XLVII victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
But Baltimore’s football legacy goes even further. A year before the Ravens came to town the Baltimore Stallions defeated the Calgary Stampeders 37-20 to win the CFL’s Grey Cup. Baltimore is the only city in hsitory to produce a Super Bowl champion and a Grey Cup winner.
Linebacker O.J. Brigance played for the Stallions in their Grey Cup win and for the Ravens in their first Super Bowl triumph.
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Baltimore Ravens Regular Season Schedule
You will find all the information you will require regarding the Baltimore Ravens regular-season schedule below, and this year’s slate appears to set up well for the Ravens.
Just one of Baltimore’s first seven opponents was a 2015 playoff club and that’s the Washington Redskins, not exactly a perennial NFL powerhouse. Only two of the Ravens’ first five games are on the road and those games are in Cleveland and Jacksonville, a win-win situation if there ever was one.
And in a quirk of the schedule, Baltimore will visit The Meadowlands for back-to-back games, against the New York Giants in Week 6 and the New York Jets in Week 7.
Then it gets tough. A home date against the Pittsburgh Steelers launches a second half that sees the Ravens face five 2015 playoff teams over their last nine games.
What Are The Baltimore Ravens Standings
It was odd to look at the Baltimore Ravens standings during the 2015 season and find them dredging the bottom of the AFC North along with the almost-always floundering Browns.
Record-wise, that should change in 2016. The Ravens generally don’t stay down for long, although they’ve been a third-place team in the division in each of the last three years after finishing first or second in each of the previous five years.
Both Bovada (+275) and Bet Online (+280) peg the Ravens as the third choice in AFC North Futures, while Bovada has set the over/under on wins by the Ravens at 8.5. TopBet has the Ravens as its eighth choice to win the AFC Championship at +1600.
How To Win Baltimore Ravens Bets
Based on the history of the franchise, it would be wise to anticipate a bounce back campaign from the Baltimore Ravens during the 2016-17 NFL season.
Not since the original Cleveland Browns relocated to the land of crab cakes in 1996 have the Ravens endured successive losing seasons Baltimore, a three-year run of failure from 1996-98 being the only time it has happened. The Ravens haven’t missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons since 2004-05.
Injuries to quarterback Joe Flacco (torn ACL) and running back Justin Forsett (broken arm) played a significant role in the downturn of the Ravens and if both bounce back healthy and strong, they can carry Baltimore right back into contention in the AFC North.
A significant key to a return to success by the Baltimore Ravens will require a return to form by quarterback Joe Flacco. While a torn ACL took him out of action during the 2015 season, the fact of the matter is that the Ravens were only a 3-7 (.300) team with a healthy Flacco under center.
The Ravens were actually a better team on paper (2-4, .333) and at the sportsbooks without Flacco in 2016. With him at the helm, Baltimore was a dismal 1-7-2 against the spread. After his inury the Ravens went 4-2 against the spread.
The jury has always been mixed in its reviews of Flacco. Some see him as a top 10 quarterback in the NFL but others suggest he is no better than a middle of the pack pivot, even though he’s won a Super Bowl and has proven to be a consistent playoff performer throughout his career.
One take away from Baltimore’s dismal 2015 NFL season is that if the Ravens want to step back into playoff contention, then they will need to step up their work in the takeaways department.
A team that has built its reputation on aggressive defensively play and dominating games from that side of the ball, the Ravens picked off a paltry six passes during the 2015 season and that was the lowest total of any NFL team. In the previous three seasons Baltimore averaged 13.3 interceptions per year.
Overall, the Ravens won the turnover battle in just three of 16 regular-season games and were 2-1 in those games. Since NFL teams that win the takeaway/giveaway competition historically go on to win about 75 per cent of all games, a repeat of their 2015 ball stealing numbers simply won’t cut it for the Ravens.