Connect with us

Undervalued Baltimore Ravens Set to be the Surprise Package of Season

Published

on

As is often the case in the running to a new NFL season, much of the talk is around the favorites to go all the way, with the defending champions invariably among the top picks among pundits. This stance has only been inflamed by the revelation that Tom Brady wasn’t completely healthy last season. Then, of course, there are the back-to-back finalists, recently dethroned Kansas City Chiefs, whose roster defies salary cap logic.

Still, just two seasons ago, the Baltimore Ravens were the team discussed as the Chiefs’ main contender for the years to come, and yet midway through last season, the NFL Playoff Predictors wrote them off, favoring the eventual divisional champions, the Pittsburgh Steelers, to claim the division.

In fact, despite having the best-run game in the NFL and the defense being a menacing unit, the Ravens were out at 35% to trump the Buffalo Bills in the divisional round predictions from FiveThirtyEight. They didn’t fall too far, but the Ravens can certainly be regarded as having fallen from grace, with their perceived problems only being compounded this summer. Still, this Baltimore team has enough to be the surprise package of the season, coming in with greatly tempered expectations.

Issues, not progress, headline offseason Ravens

Last season ended unceremoniously against the Bills in the playoffs, with the season as a whole being seen as one of stagnation or even a slide when considering the Ravens’ efforts in 2019. In fairness, as taken away by USA Today, the defense was a real force against the Bills, holding them to a mere 10 points.

Still, the best run offense, but among the worst pass offenses, couldn’t muster anything more than a field goal. Optimism around the roster with clear paths to improvement was still there, but inevitably, losing the likes of edge rushers Matt Judon and Yannick Ngakoue will hurt, as will seeing the want-away Orlando Brown Jr. depart.

As training camps commenced around the NFL on July 27th, decent work in the free agency and draft for Baltimore was undermined by a slew of non-attendees. Hot prospect receiver Marquise Brown missed out with a hamstring injury, Lamar Jackson and Gus Edwards ended up on the reserve list, rookie Rashod Bateman was suffering from muscle soreness, and both Nick Boyle and Ronnie Stanley weren’t physically able to perform. Overall, that’s a lot of key offensive pieces unable to prepare for the season. With a rebuild offensive line and new receivers to jell with, Jackson missing out on training camp’s early sessions could prove to be very costly through the first few games.

There’s still strength in this Ravens outfit

The underwhelming conclusion to the season and seemingly bad start to the new campaign doesn’t prove this Ravens outfit to be lack of a contender: Baltimore are still to be feared. Despite the big-name losses, the team has improved in key areas, which should result in the defense remaining strong, particularly after the signing of veteran Justin Houston, and Jackson having a fair few more arrows in his quiver. As detailed in the early training camp report from the NFL, new signing Sammy Watkins also looks to be on form.

In addition, there are new developments to the team on the defensive side of the ball in the form of defensive tackles Justin Madubuike and Odafe Oweh, with those two and Houston certainly capable of piling on the pressure. The offensive line has also been reinforced to further build around Jackson, with guard Kevin Zeitler and tackle Alejandro Villanueva signed, along with rookie 6’6’’, 335lbs guard Ben Cleveland padding the trenches.

The Ravens also did very well in the draft, utilizing their capital, which included two first-round picks. Selecting the highly-rated wide receiver Bateman and Tylan Wallace was a statement of intent: they will be going aerial far more often this season.

The backroom has also seen a bit of a mix-up, with all of the new coaches being praised through the early stages of this 2021 campaign. Rob Ryan (linebackers), Keith Williams (passing game), and Tee Martin (wide receivers) have all be very hands-on and have given a great deal of attention to detail, according to Baltimore Beatdown on July 31st. So, despite last season and the training camp troubles, the Ravens look to have improved on an already formidable formula.

As of August 3rd, this hasn’t helped them too much in the important NFL betting odds of Betway, as they’re sitting out at +650 to win the AFC. However, they’re now favored to reclaim the AFC North, leading the division at +120. Their reinstatement as a football superpower following a strong offseason, on paper, has earned them a fourth-place ranking by Pro Football Focus, despite a mere 5% probability of winning the Super Bowl.

The most significant obstacles are yet to come for the Baltimore Ravens, assuming that the out-of-action offensive cast return in time for the new season. J.K. Dobbins is looking to impress, and Jackson seeks to re-establish himself among elite quarterbacks.

So, it won’t be easy, but this team certainly shouldn’t be underestimated. Perhaps last season’s 26-touchdown effort from Jackson can be seen as a sophomore slump, given that he only started seven games in 2018, and like many up-and-coming quarterbacks, can be expected to improve in his third full year of NFL action.

Somewhat troubling headlines may be swirling around the Ravens, but there isn’t any doubt that this team has improved in key areas that should see Baltimore surge up the rankings once again.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Lifestyle

LifeStyle1 month ago

5 Tips on Writing APA Research Paper

When students reach college education, they understand that it won’t all be flowers and sunshine. There are different courses with...

Support group for businesses to overcome challenges Support group for businesses to overcome challenges
LifeStyle1 month ago

Support group for businesses to overcome challenges

All-day brunch and soup kitchen Cafe Coco suffered as walk-ins dwindled significantly. It’s a tourist-dependent cafe that’s nestled in the...

S’pore startup Shiok Meats acquires clean red meat company Gaia Foods S’pore startup Shiok Meats acquires clean red meat company Gaia Foods
LifeStyle1 month ago

S’pore startup Shiok Meats acquires clean red meat company Gaia Foods

According to Technology in Asia, Shiok Meats has acquired a stake of more than 90% in Gaia Foods for an...

Marianna Hewitt’s home proves that neutral decor can be full of personality Marianna Hewitt’s home proves that neutral decor can be full of personality
LifeStyle1 month ago

Marianna Hewitt’s home proves that neutral decor can be full of personality

If anyone understands the importance of maintaining your brand, it is Marianna Hewitt. The trusted influencer and founder of the...

The 16 best stuffed pepper recipes for every occasion The 16 best stuffed pepper recipes for every occasion
LifeStyle1 month ago

The 16 best stuffed pepper recipes for every occasion

Something you may not know about me is that I absolutely adore a pepper. Raw, cooked, marinated, bathed: each and...

Top 10 Bedroom Plants That Work As Air Purifying Plants Top 10 Bedroom Plants That Work As Air Purifying Plants
LifeStyle1 month ago

Top 10 Bedroom Plants That Work As Air Purifying Plants

Setting a specific tone in a bedroom can happen in many ways. A beautiful candle, plush rugs, soft bedding, soothing...

Breakdown of MDEC’s DIF5 Strategy to Achieve MyDIGITAL Goals Breakdown of MDEC’s DIF5 Strategy to Achieve MyDIGITAL Goals
LifeStyle1 month ago

Breakdown of MDEC’s DIF5 Strategy to Achieve MyDIGITAL Goals

On July 19, 2021, MDEC announced a five-year plan aimed at enhancing Malaysia’s digital economy, Future 5 Digital Investments (DIF5)....

What you should know about personal loans in Malaysia What you should know about personal loans in Malaysia
LifeStyle1 month ago

What you should know about personal loans in Malaysia

[This is a sponsored article with Citibank.] Let’s face it, personal loans don’t I always have the best representative. Seeing...

A new way for Malaysians to support selected local brands A new way for Malaysians to support selected local brands
LifeStyle1 month ago

A new way for Malaysians to support selected local brands

As a media publication that amplifies the voices of local brands, Vulcan Post has looked at the variety of challenges...

21 delicious eggplant recipes to make this weekend 21 delicious eggplant recipes to make this weekend
LifeStyle1 month ago

21 delicious eggplant recipes to make this weekend

After the summer, we all look to get back on track toward our health goals. For some of us, that...

Advertisement

Sport

Sports4 weeks ago

5 Tips for Setting Up Your PC for Online Gaming

Due to advances in technology, online gamers can enjoy a gaming experience that was unthinkable even a decade ago. High-resolution...

Sports1 month ago

How to Succeed in Poker Tournaments

Perhaps your first big poker tournament is coming up, or you’ve been gathering skills ready to enter – no matter...

Sports1 month ago

Is The Olympics Still Relevant?

As the Tokyo Olympics has come to a close, competitors must move on from the excitement of experiencing an Olympic...

Fernández reflects on the game against Dart: ‘Honestly, I can’t think of anything positive’ Fernández reflects on the game against Dart: ‘Honestly, I can’t think of anything positive’
Sports1 month ago

Fernández reflects on the game against Dart: ‘Honestly, I can’t think of anything positive’

var adServerUrl = “”; var $ el = $ (“# video_container-985707”); var permalink = $ el.closest (‘. snet-single-article’). data (‘permalink’);...

Tammy Abraham to Roma – Mourinho is the perfect coach for the striker Tammy Abraham to Roma – Mourinho is the perfect coach for the striker
Sports1 month ago

Tammy Abraham to Roma – Mourinho is the perfect coach for the striker

It seems that not too long ago, a young English Target Man was a troubling prospect for most Premier League...

Explanation: Why Barcelona had to let Messi go Explanation: Why Barcelona had to let Messi go
Sports1 month ago

Explanation: Why Barcelona had to let Messi go

Barcelona’s Argentine forward Lionel Messi cries during a press conference at Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium on August 8, 2021. –...

Are Arsenal and Spurs left out of the top 6 in dispute as the 2021/22 season approaches? Are Arsenal and Spurs left out of the top 6 in dispute as the 2021/22 season approaches?
Sports1 month ago

Are Arsenal and Spurs left out of the top 6 in dispute as the 2021/22 season approaches?

Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal are the teams that are widely regarded as the top 6...

What should team Canada’s men’s hockey roster look like? What should team Canada’s men’s hockey roster look like?
Sports1 month ago

What should team Canada’s men’s hockey roster look like?

We have sent an email with instructions to create a new password. Your current password has not been changed. We...

Haaland, but staying in Dotmund, can BVB get the title on 21/22? Haaland, but staying in Dotmund, can BVB get the title on 21/22?
Sports1 month ago

Haaland, but staying in Dotmund, can BVB get the title on 21/22?

There are almost twenty days left in the transfer window. The window is in full swing as deals that would...

Knicks agree to deal with Dwayne Bacon: reports Knicks agree to deal with Dwayne Bacon: reports
Sports1 month ago

Knicks agree to deal with Dwayne Bacon: reports

Dwayne Bacon # 8 of the Orlando Magic shoots as John Collins # 20 of the Atlanta Hawks defends during...

Advertisement

Entertainment

Venice adds Doc ‘Ennio’;  Netflix Confirms Sanjay Leela Bhansali Series – News Block Venice adds Doc ‘Ennio’;  Netflix Confirms Sanjay Leela Bhansali Series – News Block
Entertainment1 month ago

Venice adds Doc ‘Ennio’; Netflix Confirms Sanjay Leela Bhansali Series – News Block

Venice adds Giuseppe Tornatore’s Ennio Morricone film The Venice Film Festival incorporates the Out of Competition screening of Ennio Morricone’s...

The Jeffrey Epstein Victims Fund has finished paying $ 121 million The Jeffrey Epstein Victims Fund has finished paying $ 121 million
Entertainment1 month ago

The Jeffrey Epstein Victims Fund has finished paying $ 121 million

After awarding more than $ 121 million to about 150 applicants, a compensation program for survivors of Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual...

Matt Roloff and Karyn Chandler move in together, discuss marriage Matt Roloff and Karyn Chandler move in together, discuss marriage
Entertainment1 month ago

Matt Roloff and Karyn Chandler move in together, discuss marriage

Small people, big world star Matt Roloff and his girlfriend, Karyn Chandlerhave revealed their big summer plans in a new...

Mike Shouhed wants Reza Farahan to apologize for being a ‘traitor’ Mike Shouhed wants Reza Farahan to apologize for being a ‘traitor’
Entertainment1 month ago

Mike Shouhed wants Reza Farahan to apologize for being a ‘traitor’

Shouhed says his Shahs of Sunset co-star “cuts deep and says things that are hard to forgive.” While a sexting...

Joey Lawrence and Samantha Cope are engaged Joey Lawrence and Samantha Cope are engaged
Entertainment1 month ago

Joey Lawrence and Samantha Cope are engaged

He put a ring on it! Joey lawrence is engaged to the actress Samantha cope one year after filing for...

Christine Applegate was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis Christine Applegate was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis
Entertainment1 month ago

Christine Applegate was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis

August 10, 2021 Christine Applegate was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). Christina Applegate The 49-year-old actress took to Twitter on...

UK advertisers form tapestry with clients Coel, Fassbender, Foy – News Block UK advertisers form tapestry with clients Coel, Fassbender, Foy – News Block
Entertainment1 month ago

UK advertisers form tapestry with clients Coel, Fassbender, Foy – News Block

EXCLUSIVE: UK advertisers Donna Mills and Emma Jackson, longtime representatives of London-based Premier Communications, have launched the new advertising agency...

Christina Applegate: actress reveals multiple sclerosis diagnosis Christina Applegate: actress reveals multiple sclerosis diagnosis
Entertainment1 month ago

Christina Applegate: actress reveals multiple sclerosis diagnosis

prime time Emmy-winning actor Christina applegate has revealed a multiple sclerosis condition through a Twitter post late on Monday night....

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wanted to move to New Zealand in 2018 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wanted to move to New Zealand in 2018
Entertainment1 month ago

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wanted to move to New Zealand in 2018

Prince harry and Meghan Markle according to Queen Elizabeth IIRepresentative to New Zealand, Governor General Patsy Reddy… She said Associated...

Alarming new UN climate report says humanity has really screwed itself up Alarming new UN climate report says humanity has really screwed itself up
Entertainment1 month ago

Alarming new UN climate report says humanity has really screwed itself up

The last evaluation of climate science is a “code red for humanity,” the United Nations chief said on Monday, while...

Advertisement

Tech

Tech3 days ago

What Technologies are Online Casinos Using?

Online casinos have become an ideal choice for a lot of players, especially because they let players take their games...

Tech2 weeks ago

Grow Your Brand With These 5 Social Media Tips

Whether you’re operating a new business or working to grow your brand, social media is an excellent place to start....

Tech4 weeks ago

Is Mining Ethereum Still Profitable in 2021?

Globally, there have been lots of innovations and modernization in different aspects of life. This fact has contributed to the...

Tech1 month ago

Popularity Of the Blockchain Technology: How Familiar Are You with It?

Cryptocurrencies are a form of digital currency that stands out because it is decentralized. Cryptocurrency also stands out because it...

Tech1 month ago

5 Most Effective Tips For Speeding Up A Mac

Are you facing speed issues with your MacBook? Do you feel it needs to be repaired or replaced with a...

The frozen cave lion still has whiskers and hair despite being 28,000 years old The frozen cave lion still has whiskers and hair despite being 28,000 years old
Tech1 month ago

The frozen cave lion still has whiskers and hair despite being 28,000 years old

They are not lions. A nearly 28,000-year-old female cave lion cub, nicknamed Sparta, may be the best-preserved Ice Age animal...

How does energy flow and what does this mean for climate change?  Tech News, Firstpost How does energy flow and what does this mean for climate change?  Tech News, Firstpost
Tech1 month ago

How does energy flow and what does this mean for climate change? Tech News, Firstpost

The conversationAugust 10, 2021 2:31:45 pm ES You probably remember that your elementary school science teachers explained that energy cannot...

Virus misinformation increases as delta cases emerge Virus misinformation increases as delta cases emerge
Tech1 month ago

Virus misinformation increases as delta cases emerge

In recent weeks, the vast majority of the most compromised social media posts containing misinformation about the coronavirus were from...

Steam Deck performance will not improve when docked Steam Deck performance will not improve when docked
Tech1 month ago

Steam Deck performance will not improve when docked

Because it is important: While release is still months away, many people are comparing Steam Deck to Nintendo’s Switch, given...

How to fix error 4302 in macOS Photos app How to fix error 4302 in macOS Photos app
Tech1 month ago

How to fix error 4302 in macOS Photos app

It is always frustrating to see a numeric error code; The “4302” error when opening Photos for macOS is as...

Advertisement
Advertisement