clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

2013 NFL Schedule: Ravens and Bengals seek to keep their playoff streaks alive

Baltimore and Cincinnati could be playing for the division in Week 17.

Larry French

In addition to their regular division games, the members of the AFC North will play the AFC East and the NFC North. Though the Patriots and Packers will be no picnic, there are a slew of beatable teams in both divisions. With the talent inside the division and the light schedule, the AFC North could again send two teams to the playoffs, if not three.

The defending champion Ravens open the season with a heavyweight matchup, playing the Broncos on Thursday night. Their first seven weeks aren't easy overall, having to face the Texans, Packers and Steelers before their Week 8 bye. But the schedule softens later, with the Browns, Lions and a home game against the Bengals.

The premier rivalry in the NFL, the Steelers and Ravens, will play their pair of annual bloodbaths. Pittsburgh will host the first meeting in Week 7, with Baltimore returning the favor in Week 13. After Pittsburgh faces the Patriots in Week 9, the schedule softens, culminating in a home game against Cleveland in Week 17. If it weren't for those pesky Ravens, Pittsburgh would have one of the easier schedules in football.

More: Cincy Jungle Dawgs By Nature

To earn their third straight playoff berth, the Bengals will have to survive a late-season onslaught. In their final eight games, Cincinnati plays the Ravens twice, as well as the Colts, Steelers, Chargers. The Bengals can cross their fingers that the Ravens have nothing to play for in their Week 17 meeting.

The Cleveland Browns open the season at home against Miami, and close out visiting the New York Jets and Pittsburgh.

Obviously the main draws are the Steelers-Ravens games, but Baltimore's prime time games against New England and Denver will be musts for NFL fans. The Bengals have been sneaky good the last four years, making the playoffs three times.

More from SB Nation:

The 10 best games from the 2013 NFL schedule

2013 NFL schedules: Monday night | Sunday night | Thursday night

2013 NFL schedule: Who has the toughest path?

NFL draft: Raiders may have huge trade down opportunity

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam investigated by FBI

NFL mock draft: Trades shake up first round