Will the Ravens "unseat" the Chiefs in the AFC?

Kansas City Chiefs v Baltimore Ravens
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Before 2021, the Baltimore Ravens had put together three consecutive playoff-worth seasons. That year, though, they fell to an 8-9 record and missed on making the postseason, something that they didn't repeat last season.

Coming off a 2022 campaign in which the Flock put up a 10-7 winning record even with team-leader Lamar Jackson not fully available, it's reasonable to expect a similar result if not a better one in the 2023 season.

That's exactly what Sal Paolantonio of ESPN believes. Appearing on the outlet's show GetUp a few days ago, the pundit said that the Ravens have caught his attention and that he is "focused on this new-look offense of the Baltimore Ravens."

The analyst kept going. “Beginning with Zay Flowers out of Boston College, he's a smart, tough, fast wide receiver who’s going to open up everything for that offense."

Not enough? Paolantonio had more! "Open it up for Mark Andrews... open up things for OBJ... Zay Flowers is a guy that I’m going to watch this training camp."

Another of the Ravens' additions to the organization is former Georgia coach Todd Monken, who is taking over Greg Roman's OC role in Baltimore. The pundit thinks that Monken will "install a high-speed, high-energy offense for Lamar Jackson," and we can't be more excited about it!

Finally, and stoutly, Paolantonio declared that for him, "the Baltimore Ravens are the No. 1 team that can unseat the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC as the Super Bowl contenders." Uh, oh, the hype keeps building!

The Chiefs, of course, are the reigning champions. They have won two of the last four Super Bowls. They made it to a third one when they lost to the Tom Brady-led Bucs in 2020. They are going nowhere. But that doesn't matter as long as the Ravens' bulldozer can stomp them on their way to making (and winning, we hope!) it to the final game of the 2023 campaign.