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Despite the loss of future Hall of Famers, Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, this defense has improved considerably.
The Ravens D is much better against the run, and opponents shouldn’t be able to move the ball as easily as they did last year.
They also have serious pass-rushing potential with Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs.
Additionally, the secondary is stocked with great coverage defenders who have good hands and the ball skills to make plays when the opportunities arise. Furthermore, let’s not forget the dynamic return game that featured Jacoby Jones, dancing past defenders on his way to the end zone.
(Yes, that was a terrible Dancing with The Stars reference; I couldn’t help myself).
Nevertheless, there are reasons to be concerned. The Baltimore Ravens defense drew a tough schedule this season, as they have to face the Denver Broncos, Houst Texans, Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers (twice), Cincinnati Bengals (twice), Chicago Bears and New England Patriots.
The extensive defensive renovations should have the Ravens D/ST ranked in the 10-15 range, and that schedule means that they are not going to be an every-week play. Considering that they open on the road in Denver, you probably don’t want to draft them, since the Broncos offense has somehow improved this offseason.
Unless you boast an elite defense like the Seattle Seahawks or the San Francisco 49ers, I firmly believe in searching for nice matchups on the waiver wire.
The Ravens are a plug-and-play defense that will greatly reward defenders when matched up against the weaker offenses (Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets and the Cleveland Browns twice). For the majority of the season, however, they will be facing excellent competition and will therefore be a fairly average fantasy option.