The Ravens' defense, arguably the best in football since the start of the 2000's, has some wily veterans still leading the way.
Linebacker Ray Lewis (age 36) and Ed Reed (32) remain solid players, but their best days are behind them; this side of the ball will be the main fixing area as the seasons progress. But if any front office is capable of acquiring the right players, it's that of Baltimore and general manager Ozzie Newsome.
Quarterback Joe Flacco has played three seasons in the NFL and has reached the playoffs in each of those campaigns. That postseason experience can only help him down the road.
In 2010, the former University of Delaware standout set career bests in passing yards (3,622) and passing touchdowns (25), while only throwing 10 interceptions.
Running back is an area of comfort as well, with 2008 draft pick Ray Rice continuing to blossom.
The 2008 season was also the rookie year for John Harbaugh as head coach. So far in his brief tenure, Harbaugh's regular-season record is 32-16 with a 4-3 playoff mark.