Quarterback Drew Brees and company travel to Pittsburgh on Nov. 30, and the Saints are nowhere near the team they are at home when they leave New Orleans.
Where the Ravens could take advantage of their schedule is in the games against the AFC's other third-place finishers. Division champion Cincinnati will get a visit from a reloaded Denver squad and must travel to Foxboro to take on the Patriots. Pittsburgh, whose better division record secured second place, will play the Chiefs at home and the stout Jets on the road.
The Ravens will face the Dolphins, who haven't beaten them since 2007. And while the Chargers have created issues for the Ravens in years past, the West-Coast-team-coming-East trope could help the Ravens when San Diego comes to town on Nov. 30 for a 1 p.m. kickoff.
I'm not the first to highlight how easy the Ravens schedule appears to be. The eight crossover opponents in the NFC South and AFC South give them four games against teams whose poor 2013 seasons earned them top-seven picks in next month's draft. Add in a pair of games against the Browns, who will have a new coach and are the Browns, and the schedule is full of winnable contests.
But again, those are mutual opponents for the Bengals and Steelers, who will likely be battling the Ravens for the division crown. The road dates at Indianapolis and New Orleans could be the difference between a home playoff game and a January playoff road trip for the Ravens — or dare we say it, no playoffs at all.