After eight weeks in the 2015 NFL regular season, the Baltimore Ravens have a 2-6 record and they currently hold the fifth overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft according to NFL.com if the season ended after week 8. The Ravens are not thinking about next year, they are thinking about right now. They think they can make a run to the postseason and the best they can do is win out and that would result in a 10-6 record.
But there are reasons why the Ravens are where they are. The Ravens think they have enough depth on their roster to make a run, but their record says otherwise.
Right now, the Ravens have needs at the following positions:
- Strong safety
- Pass rushing outside linebackers
- Wide receiver
Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) November 4, 2015
Biggest problem the Ravens have is a lack of a pass rush if Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil are not on the field.— Wola (@WolaWriteMore) August 14, 2015
Suggs is going to be 34 years old next year coming off of a torn achilles for the second time in his career. Dumervil is going to be 32 years old next season. Asking both players to carry the burden of providing a pass rush going forward is not logical.
- 32nd in the NFL in third down defense (48 percent)
- Tied for 32nd in the NFL in interceptions (three)
- Tied for 32nd in the NFL in fumbles recovered (one and that was a blocked punt on special teams)
- 30th in the NFL in pass defense (283.9 yards per game)
- 30th in the NFL in plays over 20 yards given up (33)
- 29th in the NFL in opposing QB rating (106.9)
- 29th in the NFL in plays over 40 yards given up (eight)
- 26th in the NFL in opposing QB completion percentage (67 percent)
- 25th in the NFL in points allowed (26.8 per game)
- 25th in the NFL in yards allowed (383.6)