Ravens: 2009 NFL Regular Season Schedule | Fantasy Football Rankings
The Baltimore Ravens 2009 Regular Season Schedule
2008 ended with for the Ravens with a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Division Championship game. That game mark the first time a starting rookie quarterback had taken a team to that contest in NFL history.
If the Ravens hope to jump past the Steelers this season, they will need quarterback Joe Flacco to continue his progression as a future pro bowl player in this league.
Below are three sections of interest that are worth paying attention to for fantasy owners coming into the season for this team. First we have listed our fantasy players which we believe are worth paying attention to this season.
Next is strength of schedule against the run, pass and points against. Lastly we have a few games selected that will be key in telling how this team will preform for the 2009 season.
Strength of Schedule
vs Pass 13th Hardest Schedule
vs Points Given Up 13th Easiest Schedule
The Ravens have one of the better offensive lines for running the football and they should only continue their strong play against the weakest schedule to run against. Second year running back Ray Rice has been running with the first team since OTA’s and last week we saw him score at the goaline against the Jets.
I thought for sure that Le’Ron McClain would see the bulk of work at this area of the field but it looks like Rice will get opportunities from time to time. If this holds true than Ray is making for a very nice sleeper pick in this years fantasy drafts.
Willis McGahee should be in the mix but I believe he will play second fiddle to Rice as this young player is emerging into the Ravens go to guy.
Games of Interest
Weeks 2 and 4: Early in the season the Ravens will be tested as they travel to the Chargers (wk 2) and the Patriots (wk 4) in the first month of the year. I will be interested to see if the Ravens offensive line can win the battle at the line of scrimmage.
If the Ravens can control the ball on the ground it will give Joe Flacco better opportunities to find his receivers when he does throw the football. If they can not win this battle than I’m not sure the Ravens can win either of these tough matchups on the road.
Week 16 vs Steelers: In the second to last game of the season Baltimore may be playing for the division title as they matchup against the Steelers in Pittsburgh. This game should be a hard hitting grudge match. For the Ravens to win, it should come down to the abilities of Flacco and if he can make the big plays down the stretch of the game.
2009 Football Projection
While I do believe the Ravens will have a strong season and make the playoffs I don’t believe they will make it to the Super Bowl. Unfortunately for this organization it’s too bad that Flacco isn’t in his 4th or 5th season as a pro.
In the end it is very hard for a team to get to the big game let alone win it with such a young quarterback at the helm. If Joe should stay on the fast track of progress that he’s been on than maybe he can be the exception to the rule.
Fantasy Football Information Writer Sean E. Douglas: fantasy-info.com