What have we learned about the 2020 Baltimore Ravens?
Learned: It wasn’t as simple as picking up where they left off in the 2019 season.
The 2020 Baltimore Ravens were supposed to keep the magic alive from their 14-2 season. They were supposed to be the clear challenger to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC, and the Super Bowl was their expectation. The Super Bowl is still on the table, yet they are not the front running world-beaters they were last season. The 2019 Ravens made things easy; the 2020 squad has made nothing easy other than a couple of cupcake wins.
The difference is easy to see. You don’t have to look at the numbers to really figure out what is different. Last year the Philadelphia Eagles would have had no shot to come back on the Ravens.
The Eagles almost beat the Ravens after Baltimore held a commanding lead. The Patriots game was another startling difference. The 2020 team isn’t the same and they have new issues and new drama. On top of the things they haven’t figured out, the Ravens have a list of big impacting injuries. It’s not last year, that’s for sure.
Haven’t learned: What is the ceiling for this team?
What we have not learned about the team is how far they can go. Last year, it was almost an assumption that they would beat the Tennessee Titans and start a Super Bowl run. The Ravens are a nightmare for predictors; on any given week any version of John Harbaugh’s team may arrive. The Super Bowl is not assumed this year. In fact, it is a real question if the team can even win in the postseason. Everything is still on the table here: A championship, a playoff failure, or maybe even missing the playoffs entirely. We’re going to learn how good the Ravens are. Right now it’s hard to know.