Ten takeaways from the Ravens 2014 schedule:
1. Week 4 vs. the Panthers will be special for wide receiver Steve Smith, who gets his chance for revenge against the team that cut him. Get ready for fireworks.
2. The Ravens have just one Sunday night game and one Monday night game. After an 8-8 season, their prime time power has vanished.
3. No Ravens vs. Steelers, or Ravens vs. Bengals, after Nov. 2? Something seems wrong with that. It’s more compelling when the Ravens play those AFC North rivals in Week 16 and 17, rather than Week 1 and Week 2.
4. The Ravens play at Miami on Dec. 7. After the winter we had, that should be a popular road trip for Ravens’ fans.
5. Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak visits Houston in Week 16, the team that fired him as head coach. If the Ravens win, expect Kubiak to get a game ball.
6. The Ravens play in three stadiums that have roofs (New Orleans, Indianapolis, and Houston), and two games in Florida (Tampa Bay, Miami). Leave the parkas at home.
7. Playing at New Orleans in Week 12 after a bye in Week 11 is a break for the Ravens. Winning in New Orleans is never easy, but the Ravens will have extra time to prepare.
8. No Thanksgiving game for the Ravens this year. John Harbaugh was hoping the Thanksgiving game in Baltimore would become a tradition, but the NFL did not agree.
9. How quickly the Ravens adjust to Kubiak’s offense becomes even more important, opening against the Bengals and Steelers.
10. The Ravens will see a lot of top draft picks in December, closing the season against the Jaguars (Week 15), the Texans (Week 16), and the Browns (Week 17). The Ravens could face Johnny Manziel, or Jadeveon Clowney, or both in the Ravens’ future.