Ray Rice, Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Haloti Ngata, Lardarius Webb and Marshal Yanda are flat-out elite. There is no arguing that the key players in Baltimore are among the best in the NFL at what they do.
And with the second-tier guys like Michael Oher, Anquan Boldin and Joe Flacco, this is a franchise with Super Bowl expectations. The talent level in Baltimore is as good as any you'll find in the NFL.
Flacco will have a spotlight on his play this year, more than in any other season. There has been considerable talk this summer about his status as an elite quarterback, and now he has to prove his value.
Losing Terrell Suggs to injury definitely hurts the team's chances, but other than that, the Ravens are suffering from general aging. Lewis, Reed, Matt Birk and Bobbie Williams are all getting to the end of their careers.
While there are young stars here, there are none waiting in the wings at these positions. If any of the players here should regress quickly, the Ravens are in trouble.