The 2017 NFL Preview continues with a look at the first of many AFC teams…..
THE BALTIMORE RAVENS!
If you’re a Ravens fan, it’s time to buckle up and get dirty…….
2017 NFL Preview
Record Last Five Seasons: 10-6 (2012), 8-8 (2013), 10-6 (2014), 5-11 (2015), 8-8 (2016)
Last Playoff Win: 2014 Wild Card vs. Pittsburgh
Last Playoff Appearance: 2014 Divisional vs. New England
Super Bowl Wins: Super Bowl XXXV vs. Denver, Super Bowl XLVII vs. San Francisco
Last Super Bowl Appearance: Super Bowl XLVII vs. San Francisco
The Head Coach:
Coaching Record: 85-59
Playoff Record: 10-5
2016-17 Team Leaders:
Passing Yards/Touchdowns: Joe Flacco (4,317), Joe Flacco (20)
Rushing Yards/Touchdowns: Terrance West (774), Terrance West (5)
Receiving Yards/Touchdowns: Mike Wallace (1,017), Steve Smith (5)
Tackles: Zachary Orr (132)
Interceptions: C.J. Mosley/Eric Weddle (4)
2017 Projected Starters:
- NOT GOOD
QB: Joe Flacco
RB: Terrance West
FB: Lorenzo Talifaro
WR: Jeremy Maclin
WR: Mike Wallace
TE: Ben Watson
LT: Ronnie Stanley
RT: Jarmes Hurst
RG: Marshal Yanda
LG: Alex Lewis
OC: Ryan Jensen
DE: Brent Urban
DT: Brandon Williams
DE: Carl Davis
LB: C.J. Mosley
LB: Kamalei Correa
LB: Terrell Suggs
LB: Za’Darius Smith
CB: Jimmy Smith
CB: Brandon Carr
FS: Eric Weddle
SS: Tony Jefferson
vs. @ Cincinnati Bengals (September 10)
vs. Cleveland Browns (September 17)
vs. @ Jacksonville Jaguars (September 24)
vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (October 1)
vs. @ Oakland Raiders (October 8)
vs. Chicago Bears (October 15)
vs. @ Minnesota Vikings (October 22)
vs. Miami Dolphins (October 26)
vs. @ Tennessee Titans (November 5)
vs. @ Green Bay Packers (November 19)
vs. Houston Texans (November 27)
vs. Detroit Lions (December 3)
vs. @ Pittsburgh Steelers (December 10)
vs. @ Cleveland Browns (December 17)
vs. Indianapolis Colts (December 23)
vs. Cincinnati Bengals (December 31)
Three Things I Like About The Ravens This Season:
-The Back Half Of The Schedule: I’m not really a fan of the beginning of the Ravens’ schedule, but things lighten up a bit after the bye week. Outside of away games against the Packers and the Steelers, the Ravens have a good shot to go 5-2 to finish out the season and could just squeak into the playoffs if that happens.
-John Harbaugh: Even though the Ravens have had a couple of disappointing seasons the last few years, John Harbaugh is still one of the best coaches in the NFL in my opinion. If the Ravens do make the post-season this year, it will largely be because of this guy.
-The Secondary: The Ravens roster is just OK in my opinion. However, the strength of the team will definitely be in the secondary. Jimmy Smith and Brandon Carr are both good corners. Eric Weddle came over from the Chargers and has rejuvenated his career. The guy looks unstoppable once again. And the Ravens went ahead and added Tony Jefferson from the Cardinals in the off-season to team up with Weddle. That’s a dangerous duo man. No one is beating these guys deep next season.
Three Things I Hate About The Ravens This Season:
-The Offense: Baltimore’s offense is extremely mediocre. Joe Flacco is average. Terrance West is OK. Jeremy Maclin was kind of disappointing in KC before being released. Why was he released exactly? He’s injury-prone and hasn’t shown that he has the ability to be a true #1 WR. Mike Wallace is decent, but he really only has one thing he does well. And as for the offensive line, outside of Ronnie Stanley and Marshal Yanda, it’s a bunch of garbage. Don’t be surprised if the Ravens have just a middle of the pack offense or even worse this season.
-The Start of the Schedule: The first half of the Ravens schedule is pretty difficult. They kick things off with a division game on the road against the Bengals. And outside of the Browns at home the week after that, I can only see one game that might be a “for sure” win and that’s against Chicago. The Dolphins in week 8 will be difficult due to the short week and Jacksonville will be better than people think and won’t be an easy win. There’s a real good chance the Ravens end up going 2-7 into the bye week and completely have their season de-rail.
-The Linebackers: Before you panic, you can take C.J. Mosley’s name out of there because that’s my dude. As for the rest of the linebackers? Ya, you can take them. Terrell Suggs is still a good player, but he’s not as good as he used to be and he’s getting up there in age. And outside of those two, the Ravens don’t have anything. You don’t have to be an evil genius to figure out that THAT’S NOT GOOD!