The Baltimore Ravens finished the 2021 campaign at the bottom of the AFC North for the first time in the John Harbaugh era. Baltimore finished with its second-worst record in the last 14 seasons, but the Ravens were extremely unfortunate. They were 8-3 in late November before Lamar Jackson suffered a season-ending injury in Week 14 against the Cleveland Browns. The Ravens proceeded to lose their last six games of the regular season, yet five of those six losses came by a total of 10 points. That makes Baltimore a prime turnaround candidate in 2022.
Baltimore Ravens Season Win Total
Over 10 Wins +115
Under 10 Wins -135
2022 Baltimore Ravens Schedule
||@ New York Jets
||Vs. Miami Dolphina
||@ New England Patriots
||Vs. Buffalo Bills
||Vs. Cincinnati Bengals
||@ New York Giants
||Vs. Cleveland Browns
||@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
||@ New Orleans Saints
||Vs. Carolina Panthers
||@ Jacksonville Jaguars
||Vs. Denver Broncos
||@ Pittsburgh Steelers
||@ Cleveland Browns
||Vs. Atlanta Falcons
||Vs. Baltimore Ravens
||@ Cincinnati Bengals
Baltimore Ravens Offense
Everything depends on Lamar Jackson. He is one of the most dynamic players in the NFL, but there are always going to be injury concerns because of his playing style. We have never seen another running threat like him at quarterback, and defenses have an extremely difficult time formulating a gameplan to stop him. Jackson has run for 3,673 yards and 21 touchdowns, averaging 6.0 YPC in the last four seasons, but he was a little too turnover prone last year with 16 touchdown passes compared to 13 interceptions.
John Harbaugh has done an excellent job of constructing this offense to play to Lamar Jackson’s strengths. Harbaugh has also brought in quarterbacks with similar skillsets to Jackson in order to run this offense if he gets hurt.
J.K. Dobbins has the potential to have a breakout season in 2022 after he missed the entire 2021 campaign due to injury. Dobbins was a second-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, and he had a solid rookie season. The former Ohio State standout averaged 6.0 YPC, and the RPO game with Jackson and Dobbins could be very tough to stop.
Baltimore traded away Marquise Brown in the offseason, so there is no longer a true No. 1 receiver on the roster. Rashod Bateman will likely be the go-to option as he was a first-round pick last year, and the leading receiver will probably be tight end Mark Andrews.
The Ravens used one of their first-round picks on center Tyler Linderbaum from Iowa, and the hope is that he can be the anchor of this offensive line. Left tackle Ronnie Stanley was a First Team All-Pro in 2019, and the Ravens rewarded him with a massive extension, but he has only started seven games the last two seasons because of ankle issues.
Justin Tucker is the only kicker worth mentioning in this series, as Tucker is easily the best kicker in the NFL. He is a seven-time All Pro, and he is currently the most accurate kicker in NFL history (91.1%), and the kicker with the longest field goal in NFL history (66 yards).
Baltimore Ravens Defense
In 2021, this defense posted its worst numbers since the short-lived Ted Marchibroda era. Baltimore finished 19th in the league in scoring defense and 25th in total defense, and that’s an unfamiliar spot for a Ravens’ defense that has had generational talents like Ray Lewis and Ed Reed in the recent past.
Baltimore has taken strides to improve matters on this side of the ball. Calais Campbell is a solid 3-4 defensive end, and the Ravens drafted playmaking safety Kyle Hamilton with their first pick in this year’s draft to help the secondary. The pass defense should be much improved, but there are some real concerns at linebacker.
If Lamar Jackson is healthy, and the offensive line play improves, the Ravens could easily win 11 or 12 games this season. Although Baltimore finished at the bottom of the AFC North last year, there aren’t as many questions surrounding the Ravens as there are with other teams in this division, so the ‘Over’ has some of the best value on the board.
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