The Baltimore Ravens had another good season in 2010, but they fell short again in the postseason.
This year’s postseason loss hurts more than in previous years, as they blew a 14-point lead to the division rival Pittsburgh Steelers in the divisional round.
This team has a lot of young talent on the roster, so I fully expect them to contend for a Super Bowl yet again next season.
Joe Flacco is one of the top young quarterbacks in the game, and he set personal records for passing yards and touchdowns in 2010. He has a lot of postseason experience for such a young quarterback, which will only help Baltimore in its quest for the championship.
Ray Rice is what makes this offense go, as he is not only a great runner, but he’s an excellent receiver out of the backfield as well.
Le’Ron McClain and Willis McGahee provide depth in the backfield. The receiving crew was helped out immensely by the addition of Anquan Boldin.
He provided Joe Flacco with a true No. 1 threat who just happens to be in his prime.
Derrick Mason and T.J. Houshmandzadeh have seen better days, but they still can hold their own. Todd Heap turned in another solid season for the Ravens, but Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta could take over in the near future.
The offensive line struggled in 2010 because of the shifting around they had to do because of Jared Gaither’s injury.
Michael Oher didn’t look great at the left tackle position, and he may move back to the right side in 2011.
The defensive line is led by All-Pro Haloti Ngata, who is one of the most dominating defensive linemen in the NFL.
Cory Redding played well at defensive end as well, but Kelly Gregg is hitting the downside of his career, and Terrence Cody could take over for him as early as next season.
Ray Lewis is still the leader of this defense and he turned in yet another good season in his 15th year.
Terrell Suggs is the other Pro Bowl linebacker who provides a great pass rush from the outside linebacker position. He and Jameel McClain weren’t great, but they are serviceable linebackers who are solid starters.
Ed Reed led the NFL in interceptions despite missing the first six games of the season. He has a huge impact on this team, as the defense plays notably better with him in the lineup.
Chris Carr and Josh Wilson were solid at the cornerback position, and the depth at cornerback is pretty solid overall.