2020 Baltimore Ravens Review
After finishing the 2019 season with the best record in the NFL, expectations were high heading into the 2020 season. The Ravens finished last season with an 11-5 regular-season record, but that wasn’t as good as most expected.
Baltimore finished in second place in the AFC North Division, and that forced them into a Wild Card Playoff matchup against the Tennessee Titans. The Ravens were able to win that game but were eliminated by the Buffalo Bills in the next round.
2021 Baltimore Ravens Offseason Additions
The Ravens have not made many big moves this offseason, but it wasn’t a team that needed to fill a bunch of holes. Baltimore was able to re-sign a number of key players, and that should provide some consistency and stability heading into next season.
Wide receiver Sammy Watkins has signed a deal with the Ravens, and he will provide a big boost in the passing attack.
2021 Baltimore Ravens Offseason Departures
Baltimore is going to enter the 2021 season without some starters from 2020, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Linebacker Matthew Judon has signed with the New England Patriots, and DE Yannick Ngakoue is now a member of the Las Vegas Raiders.
Three Key Factors To A Winning Season
Running the Football
Baltimore is once again going to look to run the football when they have the ball. The Ravens have led the league in rushing in the last two seasons, and that formula has been extremely successful.
Winning Home Games
The AFC North is going to be extremely competitive this season, and the Ravens have to play great at home. Losing a division game in Baltimore could keep the team from winning a division title.
A Strong Start
If the Ravens are going to win the AFC North in 2021, then the team must rack up the wins early on. Outside of the Chiefs and Colts, Baltimore doesn’t play any games against 2020 Playoff teams until Week 11. The Ravens need to win as many of those games as possible and build up a division lead.
Rating Their Schedule
The Baltimore Ravens have the second-hardest 2021 schedule, according to CBS Sports. That is going to make things extremely difficult for the Ravens, but playing in the rugged AFC North doesn’t help.
Baltimore hosts the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2 in what will be one of the most highly anticipated regular-season games of the year. The Ravens face off against the Cleveland Browns in Weeks 12 and 14, and those games will have playoff implications.
Finally, the 2021 season ends with a game at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and that game could determine the AFC North champion.
Expectations in 2021
The Ravens should be the best team in the AFC North in 2021, but they will have plenty of competition. This division should be one of the best in the NFL, and it could be won with just 11 wins.
At some point, the Ravens are going to have to become a Super Bowl contender, or Lamar Jackson might not be the answer at the quarterback position. Look for Baltimore to get to the AFC Championship Game in 2021, but they just won’t have enough to get past the Kansas City Chiefs.