Ravens: 4 best quarterbacks the team will face in 2021

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3. The Ravens face Aaron Rodgers in 2021

Another day, another story about whether Aaron Rodgers will return to Green Bay.

If Rodgers does reconcile with the Packers in time for their season matchup against Baltimore, let’s just say the Ravens’ defense better have it together by then. Specifically, their cornerbacks.

Rodgers was recently ranked fourth in Next Gen Stats’ top-10 deep passers of 2020, and his arm really needs no explanation. Last season, Rodgers led the league with 14 completions, 557 yards, and six touchdowns on deep passes to slot receivers.

Like fine wine, the 17th-year veteran is arguably getting better with age, recording a league-best 70.7 pass completion percentage, 48 passing touchdowns, and a 121.5 passer rating.

He’s the first quarterback to lead the league in these categories since Steve Young in 1992. So yeah, he’s in pretty elite company.

Historically, the Packers and Ravens have played each other six times with Green Bay getting the upper hand in four games, but their last matchup was in 2017. A lot has changed for Baltimore (namely, the arrival of our king), but not so much for Green Bay.

Rodgers is coming off the third MVP season of his career, and he’s showing no signs of rust or decline. Instead of sacking him, someone ought to try stabbing his heart with dragonglass next time.

Whatever magical elixir Rodgers may be consuming to be as efficient now as he was in his 2011 and 2014 MVP seasons, the Ravens need to find their own antidote.

Rodgers can scarily lay waste to any defense with his downfield tunnel vision and bionic arm — not to sound too cowardly, but it really would boost the Ravens’ chances if Rodgers didn’t suit up for Green Bay this year.

One can hope.