In the shadows they sat, lurking, waiting for their chance. They were written off as mediocre while the defense mauled opponent after opponent. But now, there are signs the Baltimore Ravens' offense has finally become a powerhouse.
The Ravens bested division rivals the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1 of the regular season, 44-13, with only one of Baltimore's scores coming directly from the defense.
They put up 430 yards of total offense on 58 plays—averaging an impressive 7.4 yards per play—spread the ball around among a number of receivers, and looked both more complex and effective than they have in the previous four years Joe Flacco has been their quarterback.
Though this kind of yardage is nothing new to this team, the way they amassed them was a change of pace. The yards didn't come from Flacco checking down to Ray Rice; instead, he was given more leeway, not just to make more throws but to change plays himself, and the results appear to be a Ravens offense that looks just as sharp as their vaunted defense.
Who are these Ravens, anyway, and where did they come from? Let's take a look at the Ravens' biggest offensive contributors; get familiar with them now, because 2012 just might be a big season for each man.