NFL Preview Series: Baltimore Ravens

Byron Dixon| BKD TV

The Baltimore Ravens are one of the more consistent teams in the NFL year in and year out proving that by making the playoffs six out of the last seven years including a Super Bowl title as well. Under owner Steve Bisciotti, GM Ozzie Newsome, and Head coach John Harbaugh they have the right leadership on place. Gone are the days of Ray Lewis and Ed Reed but this team still has leaders in place on both sides of the ball.

While We Were Away: The Ravens won again in the draft by addressing several needs on both sides of the ball as they usually do year in and year out. They lost Torrey Smith their deep threat wide receiver to the 49ers and traded long time defensive anchor Haloti Ngata to Detroit. This team believes its about the name on the front and not the name on the back and are always in the playoff hunt and have the players this season to make another run.

2015 Season Outlook: The Ravens play in a tough division in the AFC North and have a tough road to go through the likes of Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. With Joe Flacco under center with his unflappable mentality and winning pedigree he can make a run like we have seen before in January and into February. Lat year we saw the emergence of Justin Forsett to give the offense balance and it lead to him getting a new contract. The defense is younger with the stellar C.J. Mosely who played phenomenally but still has Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil to pressure opposing QB’s and make them have  tough time when they drop back to throw. Jimmy Smith has emerged as one of the best corner backs in the league and is needed in this secondary if the pass rush lacks.

2015 Record: 9-7

The Ravens schedule is no cake walk and will play the vaunted NFC West. This team is one of the better home teams and will play well at M&T Bank Stadium. The biggest question is does Flacco have enough weapons on offense to make plays? With Steve Smith Sr. still going strong, Dennis Pitta returning from injury and rookies Breshad Perriman and Maxx Williams they may have to depend on youth more than usually to get back to the Super Bowl.

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