Here are three early but fun predictions for the next season of Baltimore Ravens football:
1. The Ravens will get more interceptions in the 2020 season:
A full season with Marcus Peters is a good way for the Baltimore Ravens to increase their interception totals. Marcus Peters is one of the best pick-off artists in the game and he had three interceptions in a little over half a season with the Ravens. Peters had two interceptions with the Rams before he was traded. In his rookie season Peters had eight interceptions. What if we haven’t seen the best season Peters has to offer?
On the other side of Peters is Marlon Humphrey. Humphrey is one of the best cover corners in the league. Humphrey has three interceptions in 2019. He’s never going to be Mr. Interception, but he’s shown that he can make quarterbacks pay.
With Tavon Young coming back, there could be turnovers generated in the middle of the field. Young has a chance to be one of the best nickel cornerbacks in the NFL. He will certainly add an element to the defense that wasn’t there in 2019.
The Ravens will presumably have more talent in the pass rush department. It’s unthinkable that Eric DeCosta would go through the offseason without improving the defense’s ability to get after the quarterback. It has to be one of the top objectives of DeCosta’s this offseason. We don’t know how the Ravens will revamp their pass rushing situation, yet we can assume they’ll make moves for that. Getting better at rushing the passer means the defense will have more chances at getting turnovers.
Chuck Clark will get more comfortable as the starting strong safety and Earl Thomas can always be counted on at the free safety spot. There is no weak link in the secondary. If the Ravens stay healthy, they should be able to run circles around a lot of last year’s defensive statistics. The Ravens had 13 interceptions in the 2019 season. That number should go up in 2020. It will if DeCosta makes the necessary moves to add pass rush. The secondary is an elite unit and it should be better next season.