In 2019, the Baltimore Ravens were the only team in the NFL to average 30+ points per game. Their mark of 33.2 ppg was even 3.3 points higher than the San Fransisco 49ers, who ranked second in the league in points per game. Considering the Ravens recorded more rushing yards than passing yards in 2019, their scoring numbers were unprecedented. Here is a quick example to put that into perspective. The 2019 Ravens broke the single-season team rushing record, and that record had been held by the 1978 New England Patriots for the previous 41 years. The 1978 Patriots only scored 22.4 points per game, which was fourth in the NFL that season.
An offense producing at that historic rate is difficult to beat. When Baltimore's offense was at their best, they were nearly unstoppable; the Ravens were 8-0 when scoring 30+ points last season. In addition, they scored 40+ points in five games including three consecutive games against the Bengals, Texans, and Rams during Weeks 10-12.
So, can the Ravens top 30 points per game once again this season? Well, let's look at the roster first. They had seven Pro-Bowl selections on offense last season and six of them are returning (Lamar Jackson, Mark Ingram, Pat Ricard, Mark Andrews, Ronnie Stanley, Orlando Brown Jr.). In addition, starting wide receivers Marquise Brown and Miles Boykin are returning and will each enter their second NFL season. Guard Marshal Yanda stands out as the only major departure, and it will hurt losing the future Hall of Famer. Nevertheless, the rest of the offensive line remains intact, and the front office has an abundance of options to take over his starting spot.
Now, let's look at the additions. Rookie playmakers J.K. Dobbins and Devin Duvernay are both well equipped to contribute immediately. Duvernay burned LSU for 12 receptions for 154 yards and 2 touchdowns and fits in well in the slot. Still, the biggest addition is likely internal development. 2019 was Lamar Jackson's first full season as a starter. Miles Boykin and Marquise Brown were rookies, and Bradley Bozeman and Orlando Brown Jr. were only in their second season. Astonishingly, there is still plenty of room for this group to grow.
Finally, the Ravens landed the easiest schedule for 2020 based on their opponent's 2019 record. In 2019, the Ravens faced teams with a combined winning percentage of 52.9%. In 2020, that will drop to 43.8%.
The 2020 #NFL schedule will be released tonight.— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) May 7, 2020
Attached is a look at the strength of schedule for all 32 Teams - it is based on opponents’ win percentage in 2019 - the #Ravens will have the "easiest" schedule and the #Patriots will have the "hardest" pic.twitter.com/EvkDTwsfUy
With an easier schedule, it will obviously be easier for their offense to score points.
In conclusion, the Ravens had a historic 2019 season offensively, and it will always be difficult to repeat that level of production. Regardless, the Ravens have all the tools to potentially be even more explosive than they were last season. 30+ points per game seems achievable.