Another highlight of the NFL’s offseason will take place Thursday night when the league unveils the 2022 regular season schedule.
The league already announced its Week 2 doubleheader on Monday night with the Tennessee Titans at the Buffalo Bills and the Minnesota Vikings at the Philadelphia Eagles. The NFL also revealed the Christmas Day game between the Los Angeles and Denver Broncos and its five games for the International Series in London, Germany and Mexico City.
The Ravens will play eight games at home and nine on the road in 2022 against teams from the NFC South and AFC East. Due to finishing last in the AFC North last season, the Ravens will also face last-place teams from the AFC West, AFC South and NFC East.
While the rest of the Ravens’ 17-game slate will be announced, here are five things to know:
In addition to AFC North home games against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals, the Ravens will host the Bills, Broncos, Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Falcons and Chicago Panthers. Carolina. The Ravens’ game against the Broncos will be their third against quarterback Russell Wilson and the first since being traded from the Seattle Seahawks this offseason.
Three of those opponents — the Bills, Steelers and Bengals — made the playoffs last season.
Outside of the Ravens’ road matchups against divisional foes, they’ll play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Jets, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, Jaguars and New York Giants. Jacksonville.
It will be the Ravens’ first matchup against star quarterback Tom Brady since joining the Bucs ahead of the 2020 season and winning his seventh Super Bowl title. This could be the last season for the 44-year-old veteran, who will join Fox Sports as a senior NFL analyst after retiring on a 10-year, $375 million deal, the most lucrative in franchise history. sports broadcasting.
NFL teams are allowed to have up to five prime-time games. Last season, the Ravens played five games, including two games each on Sunday and Monday night as well as a Thursday night matchup against the Dolphins.
After the Ravens finished last season with an 8-9 record and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2017, it’s uncertain whether they’ll get the maximum number of prime-time games.
However, they still have one of the most exciting players in the league in quarterback Lamar Jackson, and a handful of their star players are expected to return from injury, including cornerbacks Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters and running back JK Dobbins. Not to mention, the Ravens’ prime-time games against the Las Vegas Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts were some of the league’s most exciting games last season.
The game against the Bills seems like the logical choice since it will be a matchup between two of the best young quarterbacks in the league in Jackson and Josh Allen. One of the division games, as well as the game against Brady and the Buccaneers, should also be considered for a primetime slot. Additionally, the Jets and Giants play in the nation’s largest TV market.
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The Ravens will run the third fewest miles (9,500) in the NFL in 2022, according to Bill Speros of the Boston Herald. Only the Detroit Lions (8,348) and Steelers (6,442) will run fewer miles.
The Seahawks (29,446) will clock the most miles in the league, followed by the Broncos (27,398) and Jaguars (25,534).
Despite matchups against the Buccaneers, Giants, Jaguars and Saints, all of whom have to play overseas, the Ravens won’t have to leave the country for a game this season.
The Bucs will face the Seahawks at the Allianz Arena in Munich on November 13, while the Saints will face the Minnesota Vikings (October 2) and the Green Bay Packers will face the Giants (October 9) at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. . The Broncos will meet the Jaguars at Wembley Stadium in London on October 30, and the San Francisco 49ers will face the Arizona Cardinals at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City on November 21.
The Ravens’ last game away was a 44-7 loss to the Jaguars in London in 2017.
After trading for star quarterback Deshaun Watson, the Browns (+170) currently have the best chance of winning the division, followed by the Ravens (+210), Bengals (+220) and Steelers (+900), according to Vegas Insider.
The Ravens (+2160) have the 11th best chance of winning Super Bowl 57, according to Vegas Insider consensus. The Bills (+670) are the betting favorites, followed by the Buccaneers (+750), Chiefs (+930), Packers (+1060) and Rams (+1080).