AFC North round-up: Baltimore Ravens close 2019 season in heartbreaking fashion

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - JANUARY 11: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens reacts on the sideline during the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Tennessee Titans at M&T Bank Stadium on January 11, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - JANUARY 11: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens reacts on the sideline during the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Tennessee Titans at M&T Bank Stadium on January 11, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /
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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – JANUARY 11: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens walks off the field after the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Tennessee Titans at M&T Bank Stadium on January 11, 2020, in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – JANUARY 11: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens walks off the field after the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Tennessee Titans at M&T Bank Stadium on January 11, 2020, in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

Baltimore Ravens:

We already mentioned it, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t stress how gut-wrenching the Baltimore Ravens playoff loss to the Tennessee Titans was. The team looked completely different than the AFC North champions we watched all year long. The gameplan was horrendous and Lamar Jackson struggled mightily. The Ravens were simply DOA.

But now the offseason has come for Baltimore and there’s a lot of potential change coming. Who stays and who goes? The Ravens have a plethora of key free agents like Matt Judon and Michael Pierce to name a couple. Baltimore could also make some cuts to recoup some cap space and bring guys back. Future Hall of Fame guard Marshal Yanda is also no lock to return in 2020 with a potential retirement awaiting.

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The offense should stay relatively intact, but the defense could face a massive makeover. The Ravens don’t exactly have a ton of cap space, either. This will be a very telling offseason for Eric DeCosta.

As far as draft plans go, Baltimore will need to decide how they want to approach it. Will they continue adding to the offense or reload their defense to keep pace with said offense? It’s too soon to tell right now, but it’ll be the subject of debate all offseason.

2019 was no doubt a special year for the Baltimore Ravens, but the best is yet to come. SO long as Lamar Jackson remains under center for the team, the sky is the limit as to what they can accomplish.