Ravens' 2024 schedule strength and importance

Ravens finished 13-4 in 2023 to win the AFC top seed. On paper, the 2024 season is harder to return to the top.

Baltimore boasts a league-high 10 playoff-bound opponents and the second-hardest schedule in the NFL.

Last season, the Ravens' 2024 opponents went 155-134, a.536 win percentage. Baltimore will play Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Buffalo, Kansas City, Dallas, Houston, and Tampa Bay in the playoffs.

Baltimore's schedule is difficult because the AFC North was the best division in the NFL last year, the Ravens will face the other AFC first-place finishers, and the AFC West and NFC East were also excellent last year.

Ravens have the worst schedule after Browns. The Steelers rank third.

The Ravens' schedule may be tougher than it appears. Chargers and Commanders, the two teams with the lowest records last year, made substantial summer signings.

Los Angeles has a new quarterback in No. 2-overall pick Jayden Daniels under new head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Ravens had 21st-ranked schedule strength last season. Five of the 10 hardest-scheduled teams (Eagles, Dolphins, Cowboys, Bills, Rams) made the playoffs. Four top-10 schedule strength teams made the playoffs in 2022.

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