In our series of NFL season previews we take a look at the Baltimore Ravens and what this season holds for them. Ozzie Newsome and the Baltimore Ravens pride themselves on defense. It’s formula the franchise has used throughout their 22 years of existence. Most importantly, it’s what’s brought two Super Bowls to the Charm City. While the 2000 defense is nearly impossible to recreate, the Ravens are doing their best to get back to an elite level on that side of the ball. From what we saw during the 2017 season, they’re just a few pieces away.
The defense dominated the turnover department last season. They led the league with 22 interceptions and in total takeaways with 17. A secondary that has been the Achilles’ Heel for years was greatly improved with the additions of Brandon Carr and Marlon Humphrey. Ironically, it was Jimmy Smith’s Achilles that ruptured late in the season, which proved to be too much down the stretch. But as the Ravens do best, they’ll continue to load up on defense this offseason.
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If the Ravens can add a solid partner to C.J. Mosley at inside linebacker, they’re right there as one of the best defenses in the league. With Pro Bowlers like Brandon Williams, Eric Weddle, and Mosley, those are just a few of the names opposing offenses fear. The defense has depth and plenty of players are returning from injury this season.
Joe Flacco isn’t getting any younger and certainly isn’t getting any better. His playoff track record provides hope but it will ultimately be the defense that leads the Ravens to a Super Bowl. If the defense can really start to pick up the Ravens, the offense should be able to tag along for the fun. The Baltimore Ravens only has one true threat in their division and if they are able to take them out early, expect Baltimore to fly high into the playoffs.