The Baltimore Ravens gave the eventual Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots their best shot in the divisional round in the playoffs. Joe Flacco threw for four touchdowns and had a 14-point lead before squandering a golden opportunity to reach the AFC championship game.
After winning 10 games and earning a Wildcard spot through the AFC North, a division that received three bids to the playoffs, the Ravens head into 2015 with a similar product, with some key subtractions.
The Ravens only signed one notable player during free agency, nabbing Kendrick Lewis, a safety from the Houston Texans. Baltimore resigned cornerback Anthony Levine and running back Justin Forsett, whom the Ravens rewarded with a contract extension after last seasons efforts. Forsett brought stability to the run game that was decimated by off the field issues of Ray Rice. Forsett ran for over 1,200 and found the end zone eight times.
Baltimore moved on from defensive tackle Terrance Cody, wide receiver Jacoby Jones and tight end Owen Daniels. Their biggest loss was at wide receiver, as the Ravens lost Torrey Smith to the San Francisco 49ers. The Ravens enter the season with Steve Smith Sr. and Marlon Brown as their two primary wide receivers. Brown had 24 catches with zero touchdowns last season.
The biggest loss on the defensive end was longtime nose tackle Haloti Ngata Ngata was sent to the Lions in a trade for a fourth and fifth-round pick. Pass rusher Pernell McPhee was also lost in free agency. The Ravens have the 26th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. According to CBSSports.com with efforts from NFLDraftScout.com, their three largest needs are cornerback, wide receiver and pass rusher.
Baltimore Ravens tickets should be similarly priced to last season. As long as Flacco and head coach John Harbaugh are the quarterback and head coach combination, fans will have confidence that the team will make the playoffs or at least be in the race until the end of season. It’s the confidence the team has instilled in their fan base since these two men have been paired. Fans looking to see their team get back to the Superbowl can use Hipmunk.com as their main travel resource. Hipmunk has flights to and from Baltimore to help visit any NFL city, including a plethora of Baltimore hotels from $80 if you’re from outside the area.
The Ravens are going to have to figure something out at the wide position, where they only have one player with a decent amount of NFL experience. Time will tell to see if they develop a rookie through the draft or if they still have moves to make to add some skill position talent.