2023 Baltimore Ravens Schedule: Dates, Times & Prediction

The Baltimore Ravens head into the 2023 season with significant optimism, fresh off a dramatic offseason. With Lamar Jackson’s trade request withdrawal and his new five-year, $260 million contract, the team looks poised to compete at a high level. Below is an in-depth look at the 2023 Baltimore Ravens schedule.

2023 Baltimore Ravens Schedule

WeekDateOpponentKickoff timeTV channelVenue
1Sep 10, 2023Houston Texans1:00 pmCBSM&T Bank Stadium
2Sep 17, 2023Cincinnati Bengals1:00 pmCBSPaycor Stadium
3Sep 24, 2023Indianapolis Colts1:00 pmCBSM&T Bank Stadium
4Oct 1, 2023Cleveland Browns1:00 pmCBSCleveland Browns Stadium
5Oct 8, 2023Pittsburgh Steelers1:00 pmCBSAcrisure Stadium
6Oct 15, 2023Tennessee Titans9:30 amNFL NetworkTottenham Hotspur Stadium
7Oct 22, 2023Detroit Lions1:00 pmFOXM&T Bank Stadium
8Oct 29, 2023Arizona Cardinals4:25 pmCBSState Farm Stadium
9Nov 5, 2023Seattle Seahawks1:00 pmCBSM&T Bank Stadium
10Nov 12, 2023Cleveland Browns1:00 pmFOXM&T Bank Stadium
11Nov 16, 2023Cincinnati Bengals8:15 pmAmazon PrimeM&T Bank Stadium
12Nov 26, 2023Los Angeles Chargers8:20 pmNBCSoFi Stadium
13BYE
14Dec 10, 2023Los Angeles Rams1:00 pmFOXM&T Bank Stadium
15Dec 17, 2023Jacksonville Jaguars8:20 pmNBCTIAA Bank Field
16Dec 25, 2023San Francisco 49ers8:15 pmABCLevi’s Stadium
17Dec 31, 2023Miami Dolphins1:00 pmCBSM&T Bank Stadium
18Jan 7, 2024Pittsburgh SteelersTBDTBDM&T Bank Stadium

Offseason Developments

Highlighted by the acquisition of Odell Beckham Jr., the Ravens have made significant moves to solidify their roster. The team hopes that Beckham, recovering from a torn ACL, will provide the consistent WR1 option that Jackson has lacked. Coupled with the first-round pick investment in wideout Zay Flowers, the Ravens are putting an emphasis on improving their receiver corps, especially with the 2021 first-round pick, Rashod Bateman, under increasing pressure.

Analysis of the Season

Facing off against the AFC South and NFC West as common non-divisional opponents, the Ravens, and indeed the rest of the AFC North, received a favorable draw. The Texans and Colts are both in rebuilding mode, while the Jaguars are a good team but not quite a juggernaut.

The NFC West presents mixed challenges, with the 49ers being the only established elite team. The Seahawks, Rams, and Cardinals are going through different phases of rebuilding and dealing with uncertainty at the quarterback position. Despite the challenges, the Ravens are expected to be favorites in six of these eight games.

However, non-common matchups against the Chargers, Lions, and Dolphins could prove trickier. All three are potential division winners, but the Ravens have the advantage of hosting two of these three games.

Pivotal Matchups

The AFC North division is possibly the toughest in football. The Bengals, Browns, and Steelers all fancy themselves as playoff contenders. The Ravens will need to have a strong showing in the divisional games to stand a chance of making the playoffs.

The key to the Ravens’ season could be the health of Lamar Jackson. If Jackson remains fit and healthy, the Ravens can aim for 10-11 wins and possibly a playoff berth. If Jackson’s health falters, however, the Ravens could end up languishing at the bottom of the division.

Schedule and Key Dates

Starting the season with a home game against the Texans on September 10, the Ravens will face a variety of opponents across the 17 game season.

Key matchups include divisional games against the Bengals (both home and away), a London game against the Titans, and a challenging end to the regular season with games against the 49ers, Jaguars, and Dolphins. The Ravens also finish off the regular season with a home game against the Steelers on January 4-5.

Strength of Schedule

Although the Ravens’ opponents had a collective .484 winning percentage in 2022, this doesn’t tell the full story. According to Sharp Football, the Ravens have the 11th-most challenging schedule in the NFL and the most difficult one in the AFC North.

They face formidable NFC squads such as the 49ers and Seahawks, as well as the Lions and Chargers, who were the second-place teams from the NFC North and AFC West, respectively, in 2022.

However, drawing the NFC West and AFC South this year is seen as a bit of a break for the Ravens. While there will still be challenges from teams like the 49ers, Seahawks, and Jaguars, the remaining teams are largely in a rebuilding phase.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the 2023 season presents the Ravens with a tough but not insurmountable challenge. The team, with a stronger receiving group than in previous years and a defense expected to be among the league’s best, has the makings of a playoff team. However, the road to getting past Cincinnati, in particular, remains a major hurdle. With Lamar Jackson’s health an essential factor, the season could go either way. But with a solid showing in the divisional games and favorable non-divisional matchups, the Ravens can aim for a playoff spot.

FAQS

When is the first game of the season and who are the Ravens playing against?

The first game of the season is on September 10, 2023, and the Ravens will be playing against the Houston Texans.

Are there any prime-time games scheduled for the Ravens?

Yes, there are two prime-time games scheduled for the Ravens. On November 16, 2023, they will be playing against the Cincinnati Bengals in a Thursday Night Football matchup. On November 26, 2023, they will face the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday Night Football.

Are there any international games on the schedule?

Yes, the Ravens have an international game scheduled. On October 15, 2023, they will be playing against the Tennessee Titans in London at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

When is the Ravens’ bye week?

The Ravens’ bye week is in Week 13, indicated as “BYE” on the schedule. During this week, they will have no game.

Who are the division rivals the Ravens will be facing?

The Ravens will be facing their division rivals, the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals, twice during the season. They will play against the Browns on October 1, 2023, and November 12, 2023, and against the Bengals on September 17, 2023, and November 16, 2023.

Are there any notable matchups against other teams?

Yes, there are a few notable matchups on the Ravens’ schedule. They will face the Seattle Seahawks on November 5, 2023, the Los Angeles Rams on December 10, 2023, and the San Francisco 49ers on December 25, 2023.

What are the TV channels broadcasting the Ravens’ games?

The TV channels broadcasting the Ravens’ games vary. CBS will broadcast several games, including the season opener against the Houston Texans, while FOX will cover some matchups, such as the game against the Detroit Lions. Additionally, NBC, ABC, NFL Network, and Amazon Prime will broadcast certain prime-time games.

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