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Why the Baltimore Ravens should be the team to look out for in 2022

Lamar Jackson and the Ravens will be back on top in 2022.

Lamar Jackson and the Ravens will be again on high in 2022.
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The Baltimore Ravens had been ravaged with accidents in 2021. A lot in order that PFF’s WAR-Adjusted Accidents Misplaced (WAIL) statistic signifies that the Ravens misplaced about 2.86 wins final season. That may’ve put the team in the playoffs with both a 10-7 or 11-6 document. They probably would’ve been forward of the Bengals in the AFC North. Perhaps Lamar Jackson makes the run as a substitute of Joe Burrow, who is aware of?

The purpose is that regardless of everybody anticipating the Bengals and Deshaun Watson-led Browns to duke it out atop the AFC North standings, the Ravens are nonetheless a menacing menace in not simply the AFC North, however the total AFC.

That 2.86 WAIL mark makes the Ravens the sixth team since 2013 to lose greater than two video games due to harm. The opposite 5 groups are the 2020 San Francisco 49ers, the 2020 Dallas Cowboys, the 2018 49ers, the 2017 Inexperienced Bay Packers, and the 2013 Packers. Do you keep in mind what every of these groups did the following season? Let me inform you.

The 2014 Packers received 12 video games and made their first convention championship look since 2010 after they received the Tremendous Bowl. The 2019 49ers received 13 video games and misplaced to Patrick Mahomes in the Tremendous Bowl. The 2021 Cowboys received their division for the first time in 4 years, posted their most wins since 2016 and misplaced in the Wild Card Spherical, however had an opportunity to win if not for the officials getting in Dak Prescott’s way. The 2021 49ers received that recreation after which beat Aaron Rodgers to attain the NFC Championship and, if not for a dropped interception from Jaquiski Tartt, the 49ers most likely win that recreation. The one exception is the 2018 Packers, who received simply six video games and promptly fired Mike McCarthy, however I feel it’s protected to say that John Harbaugh is a greater coach than McCarthy was, so I doubt the identical destiny will befall the Ravens in 2022.

However not solely are the Ravens getting again plenty of expertise they didn’t have in 2021, they’ve additionally gained expertise via the draft and free company. Usually, the lack of somebody like Bradley Bozeman would destroy an influence run scheme, however the Ravens managed to keep away from that by drafting Tyler Linderbaum. The Ravens snagged arguably the two greatest gamers at their respective positions throughout the draft, bolstering their offensive line and secondary, all whereas solely giving up an underperforming receiver. Certain, you may be pondering that the absence of Marquise Brown will weaken their passing assault, however Rashod Bateman had a really restricted function in the offense final 12 months due to accidents. If wholesome, there’s likelihood that Bateman may slide instantly into Brown’s function in the offense. He could not be as quick as Brown was, however he brings different abilities to the desk that Brown couldn’t. Plus in fact, regardless of how Bateman turns out in 2022, the passing assault will nonetheless run via Mark Andrews. Principally, the lack of Brown shouldn’t change the team’s offense a lot in any respect.

The AFC North is a battlefield that would see three or 4 (don’t rule out Mike Tomlin) groups attain the playoffs subsequent season. Nonetheless, whereas all consideration is being held by the reigning AFC Champion Bengals and the new-look Cleveland Browns, the Ravens have quietly constructed up one in every of the most full rosters in the NFL. Barring any main accidents in 2022, they received’t simply compete, they are going to contend.

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