BOLD Predictions for the 2015 Ravens

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QB - Joe Flacco does not throw for 4000 yards, but that stat is completely meaningless to the team's success. Flacco takes the next step in his understanding of the WC scheme to pick teams apart with a cerebral approach and quick decisions. Flacco agrees to a team friendly contract renegotiation after the season, allowing the Ravens to bring in a proven veteran WR next offseason.

RB - Justin Forsett battles nagging injuries for most of the season before being relegated to 3rd down back, yet still finishes Top 2 on the team in catches. Lorenzo Taliaferro assumes the lead back role around Week 6 and leads the team in rushing TDs. Terrance Magee beats out Buck Allen for the 3rd RB spot. Juice struggles with ball security and is mostly phased out of the offense.

TE - This position group finishes the season as one of the strongest units on the team. Crockett Gillmore establishes himself as a Top 5 two way TE in the league, making big catches every game and blocking effectively. Nick Boyle improves short yardage running with superb blocking. Maxx Williams excels in 2 TE sets and is Top 5 on the team in passing yardage.

OL - Wagner takes a small step back in pass blocking, but Monroe more than compensates by turing in a Pro Bowl caliber season at LT. Yanda continues to Yanda and is resigned after the season to a deal that makes him a Raven for life. Zuttah plays well enough to help the team dominate inside running. KO struggles with his Achilles injury and is replaced by Urschel before midseason. Urschel plays well enough to make KO expendable.

WR - Senior remains a reliable 3rd down chain mover, leads the team in catches and ends the season as the Ravens primary punt returner. Campanaro generates great YAC from the slot until injury ends his season early. Perriman does not return until after the bye and makes a few big plays per week in a limited role. Aiken establishes himself as the #2 WR through clutch catches. Waller does not make an impact, serving as a gameday inactive for most of the season. Marlon leads the WRs in red zone TDs. The position as a whole ends up greater than the sum of their parts as the WRs take turns stepping up week to week.

ST - Tucker and Koch both make the All-Pro team. Return units are Top 10 in the league due to blocking more than the returners

DL - BWill and Carl Davis form a brick wall up the middle, dominating vs the run and supplying consistent pressure in the QBs face. Jernigan leads the team in sacks after rotating in on passing downs. Canty and Guy underwhelm vs the pass and run respectively. Urban earns more snaps than them at DE once he returns the first week of November. DE becomes a priority position early in the next draft. Kapron and Bilukidi provide quality snaps to help keep the Ravens at the top of the league in run D.

LB - Suggs and Dumervil provide 20% less sacks than last season, but Mosely picks up the slack, doubling his 2014 sack total. Daryl Smith leads the team in fumble recoveries, while Art Brown sees the field on D against HUNH teams. Upshaw punishes QBs with vicious hits and is retained after the season. ZaDarius is used as a situational pass rusher and collects a handful of sacks.

CB - Jimmy Smith shuts down #1 WRs all season. Kyle Arrington receives more outside CB reps than anticipated, but covers better than expected. Webb fights injuries all season, still ends up leading the team in INTs. Melvin pushes Arrington inside in nickel and performs reasonably well, reminding some of Cary Williams. Tray Walker is put on IR when veteran depth is needed.

S - Will Hill leads the team in passes defensed and plays an enforcer role in the secondary. Kendrick Lewis shows inconsistent coverage and is replaced by Brooks after the bye. Brooks puts it all together to establish himself as another young core player. Levine is the best special teamer for the Ravens.

Coaches - Harbaugh becomes more aggressive going for short 4th downs, 2 point conversions and TDs at the end of halves. Trestman improves the consistency of offensive playcalling, his worst games are better than Kubiak's worst but his best games are not as great as Kubiak's best. Pees stubbornly sticks to his bend don't break philosophy, allowing too much cushion in the secondary yet again. Win or lose, this will be Dean Pees final season as Ravens DC.

Outlook - The Ravens have built a team that is strongest in the trenches. The issues at #2 WR and #2 CB will hurt the team early in the season, but the OL, DL & LB strengths allow the team to find their groove once the weather turns. The Ravens win the AFCN by 2 games and are the only team in the division to make the playoffs. January Joe shines in the playoffs yet again, cementing his status as a respected Top 5 QB in the NFL. The Ravens lose their first Super Bowl to the Seattle Seahawks.

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