For the fourth straight year, the Baltimore Ravens have begun their season with a 3-1 record.
It's not just 2012 that's been good to the Ravens, as they have won 10 straight divisional games (12 out of 13) and 14 straight home games (22 of 23). They've begun to establish their ideal offensive pace, mostly with the no-huddle offense, which has worked beautifully. Baltimore ranks fourth in total offense and is gaining an average of 424 yards per game (third in passing, 11th in rushing).
Defensively is where the weakness is. Currently Baltimore has the 25th overall defense (390.2 yards allowed per game), although its scoring defense is 10th (20.8 points allowed per game).
Even though points allowed is the only stat that matters, that is subpar for a traditional Ravens defense. Sure they've played some explosive offenses, but this group isn't one for excuses. They know they can and need to play better.
All that said, Baltimore is 3-1 (2-0 in division) and in sole possession of first place. In essence, the Ravens are two points away from being undefeated.
Like we knew, this is a talented, diversely skilled team that is built to peak in December and January.
For now, here are my grades for each position.