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NFL 2020: Baltimore Ravens aiming to continue revolution

Baltimore Ravens will head into the upcoming NFL season hoping to continue their impressive upward trajectory in the NFL.

The Ravens went off the boil a little after winning the 2012 Super Bowl, but have been gradually working their way back to the top over the past few years.

They were one of the favourites to progress to the championship game last term, but disappointingly came up short against Tennessee Titans in the divisional play-off round.

Read on as we look at the latest situation in Baltimore and assess whether the Ravens are genuine contenders for success this time around.

Roman eager to stay on the attack

Led by star quarterback Lamar Jackson, the Ravens stormed to a franchise best 14-2 season before their defensive weaknesses were brutally exposed by the Titans in the play-offs.

Offensive coordinator Greg Roman’s innovative style drew plenty of admiring glances last term and he has promised to keep evolving this time around.

"What I've learned over the years is you've got to be really, really good at something," he told the club’s official website. "And after you get really, really good at something, you want to get really, really good at a few things, and you keep building on that.

"So that's what we aim to do. How our new personnel fits together I think will naturally shift us alittle bit. It won't be the same. We're going to keep pushing the envelope."

Jackson still has a point to prove

Jackson used his supreme physique and fitness to enjoy a stellar year with the Ravens, passing for 3,127 yards and 36 touchdowns to secure the MVP award.

However, his season ended on a downer as he was sacked four times during the play-off game against the Titans, committing three turnovers that led to two touchdowns.

The Titans scored their other two touchdowns after stopping Jackson on fourth-and-1 plays, to cap an extremely disappointing night for the quarterback.

That experience leaves Jackson with a point to prove this season and it would certainly be no surprise to see him do just that.

Ravens address key defensive issue

While Baltimore were undoubtedly an impressive attacking force in the NFL last season, there were glaring issues on the defensive side of things.

Defending the run was a noticeable weakness, but the Ravens have quickly moved to address the problem this summer.

Derek Wolfe and Calais Campbell have arrived from Denver Broncos and Jacksonville Jaguars respectively, giving the defensive unit a much stronger look.

First round draft pick Patrick Queen should also get plenty of opportunities at linebacker, further strengthening the Ravens’ defensive options.

Season prediction: The Ravens made huge progress in 2019, but weaknesses in their defensive unit eventually caught up with them in the play-offs.

They have addressed that issue this summer and look a great bet to make it all the way to the Super Bowl this season.


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