Lamar Jackson and the Super Bowl-contending Ravens have the NFL's easiest travel schedule


The 2020 NFL schedule has been released, and the schedule makers shouldn’t be surprised if they receive a gift basket with a Baltimore return address.

The Baltimore Ravens, one of the most-hyped teams in the league, were gifted with quite possibly the most favorable schedule in the league, from travel schedule to prime-time exposure.

Here’s the 2020 Ravens schedule

Week 1: Browns, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

Week 2: at Texans, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS

Week 3: Chiefs (Monday Night Football), 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN

Week 4: at Redskins, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

Week 5: Bengals, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

Week 6: at Eagles, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

Week 7: Steelers, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

Week 8: BYE

Week 9: at Colts, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

Week 10: at Patriots (Sunday Night Football), 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC

Week 11: Titans, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

Week 12: at Steelers (Thanksgiving), 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC

Week 13: Cowboys (Thursday Night Football), 8:20 p.m. ET, FOX

Week 14: at Browns (Monday Night Football), 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN

Week 15: Jaguars, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

Week 16: Giants, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

Week 17: at Bengals, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

What makes that schedule — which was already the most favorable in the league by last year’s record — so nice, even though we already knew the Ravens’ opponents heading into the reveal? Let’s count the ways.

First, you’re not going to notice any West Coast road trips on that schedule, since the AFC North is playing the AFC South and NFC East this year.

In fact, the Ravens are only leaving the Eastern time zone once all season, their Week 2 date with the Texans. That adds up to the lowest travel mileage seen in the NFL in years.

You will also notice five prime-time games on that schedule, the maximum allowed by NFL rules.

The Ravens get two of the dreaded Thursday Night Football games, but the drawback of short preparation time is mitigated by the fact that they’re back-to-back. So the Ravens will have a full week to prepare for the Cowboys in Week 13, then 11 days to prepare for the Browns in Week 14.

Even better, the team will be facing a grand total of zero teams coming off a bye.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is introduced onto the field prior to an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Week 3's Chiefs-Ravens "Monday Night Football" matchup is going to have all the hype. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

And then there’s the very nice fact that the team gets the Chiefs at home in what will likely be one of the most-hyped games of the year, though we already knew that before Wednesday. The Ravens have lost only three regular-season games with Lamar Jackson as the starting quarterback, and the Chiefs represent two of those losses. However, both of those games were at Arrowhead Stadium.

There will be plenty of hype about a potential AFC championship preview in Week 3, and having the home crowd (while avoiding Arrowhead) could be a significant advantage.

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