5 Positive Predictions for the Baltimore Ravens in 2014

Here are some predictions for the Baltimore Ravens in 2014:

1.) Joe Flacco will throw for over 4,000 yards: Joe Flacco came close to this last season, with offensive problems left and right. It seems likely with all the improvements to the Ravens offense that he will crack the 4,000 yard mark.

2.) The Baltimore Ravens will go 8-0 at home: In the past decade only the New England Patriots have a better record at home, than the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens home schedule is not brutal. If they get past the first two games (Cincy and Pittsburgh on Thursday Night Football) the Ravens can go 8-0 at home. The Panthers and Chargers will be the biggest challenges to this prediction.

3.) Top 5 Defense:
Baltimore finished ranked 12th defensively in 2013. With improvement in all three levels of the defense, their ranking will elevate. The defensive line is stacked full of talent. Mosley, Smith and Brown easily make the most athletic inside linebacking group. Expect big plays from Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil. If Terrence Brooks is as good as I imagine the secondary is stacked.

4.) Torrey Smith will lead Baltimore in receptions, but will get much more help: Even with all the additions Baltimore added offensively, Torrey Smith is the number 1 target. He has developed a good chemistry with Flacco and is his go to guy. Smith was originally considered a Mike Wallace like deep threat but has improved his game each year. Entering his fourth season in the NFL he has more talent around him than ever before. With Steve Smith on the other side, defenses cannot simply throw everything at Torrey Smith. With two strong receiving threats at the tight end position there is a lot to cover. Torrey Smith has developed into an all around receiver and will be the top dog as far as pass catchers.

5.) The Ravens will go 12-4 and win the AFC North: 8-0 at home, 4-4 on the road, it adds up to 12-4.

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