Though many will only remember the disappointing ending from last season, it's worth taking a moment to recall just how terrific the Baltimore Ravens were in 2019. Quarterback Lamar Jackson was a well-deserved MVP and was simply must-watch material when he had the ball in his hand. The defense looked a lot closer to their stout former selves than they had been in recent memory. And old Justin Tucker was as good as ever in officially becoming the most accurate kicker in league history.
Now pause another moment to think that pretty much the entire group is back from that 14-2 run to pursue the Lombardi Trophy again. And they added Calais Campbell up front and one of the better draft hauls in the NFL.
The Kansas City Chiefs may be the "it" team right now as they look to defend their title, but Baltimore won't be backing down as they look to capitalize on their Super Bowl window. With that as the backdrop, Athlon Sports asked several experts how the season would play out and what the Ravens' record would be when all is said and done.
Baltimore Ravens Game-by-Game Predictions for 2020
Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer)
Obviously the regular season talk about the Ravens is all going to be a bit moot because of their postseason failings recently, but if anybody is equipped to topple the Chiefs in the AFC, it's a team built like this. I expect further strides to be made with Lamar Jackson's passing to make them even more dangerous and their front seven looks much improved too. They might trail off just a bit from their recent domination but this still is one of the few teams that have a great shot to make it to Tampa.
Mark Ross (@AthlonMarkR)
Last season's playoff flameout definitely takes some of the luster away from what Baltimore accomplished until that point, but it also makes this team that much hungrier. The Ravens have swapped out some key players from last year's roster but they are adding another Pro Bowler (Calais Campbell) to their defense as well as what looks to be another stellar draft class. Reigning MVP Lamar Jackson is the key and as long as he stays healthy, a couple of surprising slip-ups in the regular season won't distract John Harbaugh's charges from their ultimate goal — redeeming themselves in the playoffs.
Ben Weinrib (@benweinrib)
Too many NFL teams have tried to make quarterbacks work in their system. The Ravens showed how quickly you can elevate a good team to a great team if you fit your system around your best players. Baltimore's offense should be even more dangerous this season after drafting J.K. Dobbins, Devin Duvernay, and James Proche, and it's easy to see Marquise Brown and/or Miles Boykin taking a leap in their sophomore seasons. More concerning for the rest of the AFC is the additions of Calais Campbell and Patrick Queen to an already stacked defense. Don't sweat the team's lack of playoff success too much; remember that Lamar Jackson is only 23 (younger than Joe Burrow) and has plenty of time to figure everything out.