The Pittsburgh Steelers have the toughest schedule in terms of Strength of Schedule entering the 2015 campaign. Their opponents have a .579 winning percentage, which is tops in the NFL. With the AFC North paired with both the AFC West and the NFC West, there will be no shortage of prime time matchups in 2015; however, no matchup trumps the AFC North rivalry which still beats strong between the Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens.
2014 vs. the Steelers: 1-1 regular season, 1-0 playoffs (30-17 win in AFC Wild Card game)
Pending Free Agents: CB Antoine Cason, LS Morgan Cox, TE Owen Daniels, RB Justin Forsett, CB Danny Gorrer, DE Lawrence Guy, DE Pernell McPhee, S Jeromy Miles, G Will Rackley, OT Jah Reid, CB Aaron Ross, WR Torrey Smith, S Darian Stewart, QB Tyrod Taylor, DE Christo Bilukidi (RFA), S Will Hill (RFA), K Justin Tucker (RFA).
2015 NFL Draft: 26th selection
As the Ravens prepare for the offseason, GM Ozzie Newsome and head coach John Harbaugh will begin to put the pieces of their team together which is coming off a run to the divisional round of the AFC Playoffs. QB Joe Flacco will once again be forced to learn his fourth offensive system in four years as former offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak has left the Ravens to coach the Denver Broncos and former Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman was brought in to drive the Ravens' offense.
The Ravens have their share of issues, but they have built a solid core of young talent through the draft with players like C.J. Mosley, but whether they hang on to players like WR Steve Smith will be the headlines to watch for this offseason.
As is the custom with divisional teams in the NFL, the Steelers and Ravens will lock horns twice in 2015 , and it seems almost natural the teams split those regular season games. In 2014, the Ravens dominated the Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium in Week 2 26-6, only to have the Steelers return the favor at Heinz Field in Week 9 winning 43-23. Ultimately, the Ravens got the last laugh by traveling to Pittsburgh and beating the Steelers 30-17 in the Wild Card round of the AFC Playoffs and ending the Steelers' season.
The Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh rivalry games are typically nationally televised events, as all 3 games between the Steelers and Ravens in 2014 were televised to a national audience. The Steelers may have won the AFC North in 2014, but the Ravens won the playoff game. 2015 looks to pick up where it left off between these bitter rivals.