|2016 Baltimore Ravens season|
|Head coach||John Harbaugh|
|General manager||Ozzie Newsome|
|Home field||M&T Bank Stadium|
|Division place||2nd AFC North|
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
The 2016 season was the Baltimore Ravens' 21st season in the National Football League and the ninth under head coach John Harbaugh. With a week 12 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, the Ravens improved upon their 5-11 record from 2015, finishing the season 8-8. Despite the improvement, the Ravens failed to qualify for the playoffs for the second consecutive year after losing to the Steelers in Week 16. It was the first time the Ravens missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons since 2004-2005, and their first consecutive non-winning seasons since 1996-1999. They did, however, improve their position in the division, finishing in second place after finishing in third place for the previous three seasons.
|2016 Baltimore Ravens draft|
|1||6||Ronnie Stanley||OT||Notre Dame|
|2||36||Kamalei Correa||OLB||Boise State|
|4||134||Kenneth Dixon||RB||Louisiana Tech|
|5||146||Matt Judon||DE||Grand Valley State|
|Pro Football Hall of Fame Made at least one Pro Bowl during careerMade roster|
|1||August 11||Carolina Panthers||W 22-19||1-0||M&T Bank Stadium||Recap|
|2||August 20||at Indianapolis Colts||W 19-18||2-0||Lucas Oil Stadium||Recap|
|3||August 27||Detroit Lions||W 30-9||3-0||M&T Bank Stadium||Recap|
|4||September 1||at New Orleans Saints||W 23-14||4-0||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||Recap|
|1||September 11||Buffalo Bills||W 13-7||1-0||M&T Bank Stadium||Recap|
|2||September 18||at Cleveland Browns||W 25-20||2-0||FirstEnergy Stadium||Recap|
|3||September 25||at Jacksonville Jaguars||W 19-17||3-0||EverBank Field||Recap|
|4||October 2||Oakland Raiders||L 27-28||3-1||M&T Bank Stadium||Recap|
|5||October 9||Washington Redskins||L 10-16||3-2||M&T Bank Stadium||Recap|
|6||October 16||at New York Giants||L 23-27||3-3||MetLife Stadium||Recap|
|7||October 23||at New York Jets||L 16-24||3-4||MetLife Stadium||Recap|
|9||November 6||Pittsburgh Steelers||W 21-14||4-4||M&T Bank Stadium||Recap|
|10||November 10||Cleveland Browns||W 28-7||5-4||M&T Bank Stadium||Recap|
|11||November 20||at Dallas Cowboys||L 17-27||5-5||AT&T Stadium||Recap|
|12||November 27||Cincinnati Bengals||W 19-14||6-5||M&T Bank Stadium||Recap|
|13||December 4||Miami Dolphins||W 38-6||7-5||M&T Bank Stadium||Recap|
|14||December 12||at New England Patriots||L 23-30||7-6||Gillette Stadium||Recap|
|15||December 18||Philadelphia Eagles||W 27-26||8-6||M&T Bank Stadium||Recap|
|16||December 25||at Pittsburgh Steelers||L 27-31||8-7||Heinz Field||Recap|
|17||January 1||at Cincinnati Bengals||L 10-27||8-8||Paul Brown Stadium||Recap|
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
The Ravens started the season with the return of their injured starters from last season. While the offense played a fairly average game, the defense was dominant, holding former teammate Tyrod Taylor and the Bills offense to only 160 total yards. The team looked overall much better than last season, with no major injuries and few penalties (6 for 35 yards).
The Ravens traveled to their division rival Cleveland Browns for their road opener. After Browns' starting quarterback Robert Griffin III was injured in week 1, the Ravens faced Josh McCown who passed for 457 yards against them last season. After a dismal start in which the defense allowed 20 points in the first quarter, they bounced back with a blocked extra point for a safety, after which Joe Flacco and the offense finally returned with full strength, with two touchdown passes to Mike Wallace and three Justin Tucker field goals, shutting out the Browns 25-0 in the final three quarters.
With the win, the Ravens improved to 3-0 and sat on top of the division with the Steelers' loss to the Eagles.
The Ravens stayed at home for a matchup against the Raiders who never won at Baltimore. Unfortunately the Ravens could not hold on to the lead after Derek Carr found Michael Crabtree in the end zone near the end of the game. Baltimore began driving down the field but the drive stalled allowing the Raiders to win at Baltimore for the first time in history dropping the Ravens 3-1. With the Steelers win, the Ravens dropped to second place in the AFC North
After a dismal loss to the Redskins in which Joe Flacco and the offense were completely shut out in the second half, the Ravens Fired Offensive Coordinator Marc Trestman. It was their first home loss to an NFC East team since 1997, when the Arizona Cardinals won at Memorial Stadium five years before moving to the NFC West.
Trying to halt a two-game losing streak, the Ravens traveled to MetLife for one of their two straight games there. The Ravens had a chance to win the game by driving down the field in the final seconds, but the Giants defense held the Ravens back as Flacco threw an incompletion on the final play, dropping the Ravens to 3-3 and their second three-game losing streak in a year. The Ravens defense allowed Beckham two 60+ yard touchdowns, helping the Giants win.
Trying to not fall to a four-game losing streak, the Ravens hosted the New York Jets, who were also struggling. The Ravens offense did not get any better only managed a franchise record of six yards rushing in the entire game. The ineffective running game coupled with poor play from quarterback Joe Flacco resulted in the team's fourth straight loss as the team entered their bye week at 3-4. The Ravens had a chance to tie the game but were stopped allowing the Jets to win.
The win put the Ravens in first place in the AFC North.
After a Joe Flacco interception which led to the Browns 7-6 at halftime, the Ravens dominated the rest of the game scoring 22-0 the rest of the game and leaving the Ravens sole first place of the division.
With the commanding win, the Ravens improved to 7-5.
With the loss, the Ravens fell to 7-6 and 1-8 all time against the Patriots in the regular season.
With their playoff hopes on the line, the Ravens were dealt a heavy hand against a struggling Eagles team. After giving up two scoring drives in the final six minutes, the Ravens escaped defeat when the Eagles went for two for the win and failed.
Not only did the Ravens drop to 8-7, but their four-game winning streak over the Steelers was snapped and they were eliminated from the playoff contention for the second consecutive year.
This would be Steve Smith's Sr.'s final game in the NFL. He finished the game with three catches for 34 yards. After the game, he immediately retired, ending his 16-year career.
With the loss, the Ravens ended their season at 8-8.
|1||New England Patriots||East||14||2||0||.875||5-1||11-1||.439||.424||W7|
|2[a]||Kansas City Chiefs||West||12||4||0||.750||6-0||9-3||.508||.479||W2|
|Did not qualify for the playoffs|
|13[e]||New York Jets||East||5||11||0||.313||2-4||4-8||.518||.313||W1|
|14[e]||San Diego Chargers||West||5||11||0||.313||1-5||4-8||.543||.513||L5|