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NFL Season Preview: #10 Baltimore Ravens

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Overview: The Ravens had always been known for defense, but had struggled on offense, mostly because of their uncertainsituation at quarterback. This changed when Baltimore took QB Joe Flacco in the first round of last year’s draft, and he led the Ravens to an 11-5 record, and an AFC Championship game berth.

Offseason Moves: Baltimore lost some integral parts of its defense this past off season to the Jets. New York picked former Baltimore defensive coordinator Rex Ryan to be head coach, and Ryan brought LB Bart Scott with him. The Ravens also released longtime CB Chris McAlister. The additions began through the draft, when the Ravens took Ole Miss T Michael Oher in the first round. Baltimore also signed TE L.J. Smith, and C Matt Birk for the offensive side of the ball. On defense, the Ravens brought in CBs Chris Carr and Dominique Foxworth to boost the secondary.

Upcoming Season: The offense should only be better, as QB Joe Flacco gained a lot of experience his rookie year. Flacco is also helped by his weapons, such as the trio of RBs Le’Ron McLain, Willis McGahee, and Ray Rice, and WRs Derrick Mason and Mark Clayton. The defensive side of the ball has to be considered weaker than last year, but the Ravens still have LBs Terrell Suggs and Ray Lewis and S Ed Reed. Even with the loss of LB Bart Scott, Baltimore’s defense is one of the top in the NFL.

Derrick MasonPlayer to watch: WR Derrick Mason was dear friends with deceased QB Steve McNair. Mason struggled with his friend’s death, and had retired earlier this off season. Realizing that his actions were a result of McNair’s passing, Mason came back to the Ravens in the middle of training camp. One has to think that this could be Mason’s last year, and that he could play for McNair. With those thoughts in mind, look for Mason to have one of his best, if not his best, seasons ever. Of course, it helps that Mason is QB Joe Flacco’s No. 1 target.

Prediction: 11-5, 2nd in AFC North

The Ravens still have to deal with rival Pittsburgh in their division, and you can’t go against the defending Super Bowl Champions. Baltimore will be in the playoffs of course, and could go deep into January once again.

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