From behind the closed doors at Baltimore Ravens training camp comes this report from Sports Illustrated’s Don Banks who was out in Owings Mills.
Banks was impressed with Ray Lewis’ weight loss, the Ravens depth on the offensive line and Joe Flacco’s camp under new quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell. Sounds like the recipe for a Super Bowl championship, eh?
Not so fast.
The Baltimore Ravens schedule could determine their fate according to Banks. ”Baltimore was my pick to win the AFC Championship last preseason, but I don’t foresee reprising that one,” Banks writes. ”Not after checking out the Ravens’ brutal 2012 schedule.” He points out that the Ravens schedule has just two home games between weeks 5-12 and squares off against the Steelers twice in three weeks. ”And let’s not forget about the Week 3 AFC title-game rematch with New England, which may be the highlight of the Ravens’ entire home schedule.”
Personally, I never let the Ravens schedule determine wins and losses during the preseason as there is so much of a talent shift from year-to-year in the NFL. But I can’t deny the difficulty of the New England game and playing the Steelers twice in three weeks.