It is really hard to get a grip on what is going on with the Baltimore Ravens. On paper they look far better than they really are, with a 9-7 record in the regular season, they seem to have under achieve somewhat. However they did make it to the second round of the payoffs, and they play in a crazy tough division. It seems that the Ravens are a piece or two away from being just as good as, or better than the team that won the Super Bowl.
In 2009 the Ravens offense scored 391 points or 24.4 points per game. That was good enough for the 9th best 2009 NFL offense. Joe Flacco led his team through is sophomore campaign throwing for 3,613 yards, completing 63.1% of his passes, and throwing 21 touch downs and 12 interceptions. On the ground this team gained 2,200 yards led by Ray Rice and his 1,339 yards.
The defense gave up 261 points or 16.3 per game, and they were the third best 2009 NFL defense. Given how well, they paled it seems inconceivable that they had just a 9-7 record. Their take away differential was +10 also the third best in the league, and all the numbers suggest that the Ravens dominated teams in 2009, but their record shows something else.
Since they gave up 3,506 passing yards and 17 passing TD’s, it seems a little upgrade to the defensive secondary is in order. They also seem to have a need for a few offensive playmakers and so far in 2010 they have added Donte Stallworth and Anquan Boldin to their receiving corps. Things look pretty god for the Ravens, and if they add some corners and some pass rushers in the 2010 NFL draft they may just dominate the league the way their numbers suggest they are capable of.