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NFL Update: The Baltimore Ravens 2014 Schedule and Status Report Post-2014 NFL Draft

Can The Ravens Return to the Playoffs in 2014?

2014 NFL Off-Season

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2013 Recap: The Baltimore Ravens finished 8-8, missing the playoffs for the first time in five years and making it a disappointing season after winning the Super Bowl in the previous year. The Ravens began the season 3-5 and had the 30th worst rushing offense in the league. It was just an all-around poor performance from the entire franchise and made everybody take a hard look in the mirror. The Ravens have to get back to their physical style of football and it starts with Ray Rice and the running game.

Key Losses: The Ravens didn’t lose much on the offensive end, but did take a hit defensively. Such as losing James Ihedigbo, who finished second on the team last year with 101 tackles. The Ravens also lost Corey Graham and Arthur Jones, a defensive duo that spent six years with the franchise and racked up a combined 9.5 sacks.

NFL Update: The Baltimore Ravens 2014 Schedule and Status Report Post-2014 NFL Draft


Key Additions: The big signing for the Ravens came with the addition of wide receiver Steve Smith. The future HOF receiver has more than 12,000 receiving yards and 67 touchdowns in his career. While many would argue Smith is no longer a great wide receiver, he gives the Ravens offense a much needed weapon and can still get into the end zone. Other than that, the Ravens focused on locking up players who were already on the team, such as giving Terrell Suggs a four-year extension and Dennis Pitta a five-year deal.

Draft: The Ravens knew they had to get younger on the defensive side of the ball and did just that by drafting C.J. Mosley, Timmy Jernigan and Terrance Brooks. All three are physical players who will help the Ravens get back to playing that nasty style of football. A potential steal for the Ravens is going to be offensive guard John Urschel out of Penn State. Urschel is terrific in run blocking and is a tough player the Ravens need in the trenches.

2014 Outlook, So Far: The Ravens still have one of the best coaches in the NFL, a reliable quarterback in Joe Flacco and a defense with guys who can still make plays. The Ravens just need to be a little more consistent than they were a year ago and get a bounce back season from Rice. Rice is coming off the worst season of his career but at the young age of 27, he should be fine. The Ravens are still a legit threat in the AFC North and should make a strong push to return to the playoffs in 2014.

2014 Schedule: 

Sept. 7 Cincinnati Bengals, 1

Sept. 11 Pittsburgh Steelers (Thu), 8:25

Sept. 21 at Cleveland Browns, 1

Sept. 28 Carolina Panthers, 1

Oct. 5 at Indianapolis Colts, 1

Oct. 12 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1

Oct. 19 Atlanta Falcons, 1

Oct. 26 at Cincinnati Bengals, 1

Nov. 2 at Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:30*

Nov. 9 Tennessee Titans, 1

Nov. 16 BYE

Nov. 24 at New Orleans Saints (Mon), 8:30

Nov. 30 San Diego Chargers, 1

Dec. 7 at Miami Dolphins, 1

Dec. 14 Jacksonville Jaguars, 1

Dec. 21 at Houston Texans, 1

Dec. 28 Cleveland Browns, 1

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