Looking ahead to 2011

I know we’re fully entrenched in playoff mode right now, but I’d kick myself if I failed to pass along a couple notes about the 2011 season.

Assuming it happens, of course.

First of all, now that the 2010 regular season is complete, we know what the Ravens schedule will look like next season.

We don’t yet know when each game will be played (that’s usually announced sometime in April), but here’s how the Ravens’ schedule will break down next season in terms of their home and road contests:

HOME: Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers.

ROAD: Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, San Diego Chargers, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks.

Looking at that lineup, the Ravens will have only five games against teams that finished this season with a winning record. Those teams are the Steelers (who the Ravens face twice), Colts, Jets and Chargers.

The overall 2010 winning percentage of the Ravens’ scheduled opponents for next year is .457.

I guess that’s what happens when you’re set to play all four teams in the NFC West.

The other note I wanted to pass along is related to the 2011 Draft, which will be held April 28-30.

The Ravens’ order in the draft will be determined by the results of the playoffs. Currently, based on their regular-season record and their strength of schedule, the Ravens slot in as having the 29th pick in the first round. But again, we’ll have to see how the postseason plays out before we know for sure when the Ravens will be on the clock.

Baltimore has two division rivals who will have picks in the top six of the draft. The Bengals will have the No. 4 pick, while the Browns will pick at No. 6.

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