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What The Ravens Need: You’re Good, Now Go for Great

Who here had the Baltimore Ravens as favorites in their expert Super Bowl picks? I know I did, alongside the San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions.

Oh yeah, and the New York Jets. But that’s just the delusional part of me popping up here and there.

What The Ravens Need: You’re Good, Now Go for Great
Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens | Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

After coming so close to making it to Super Bowl LVIII, with Lamar Jackson winning his second NFL MVP Award, the Ravens want another shot at glory, but this time, with the Lombardi Trophy waiting for them at the end of the road.

So what’s it going to take Baltimore this offseason to prepare for what should be a title-contending season in 2024?

NFL Draft: Let’s Get Jackson Some Weapons

I think we can all agree that Baltimore picking wide receiver Zay Flowers paid off tremendously, right? The Ravens’ rookie receiver stepped up hugely for Jackson and the rest of Baltimore’s offense, showing true signs that he could be a potential WR1.

With that said, and with the Ravens in need of finding more weapons for Jackson to continue leading his offense to win upon win upon win, going after another strong receiver with the 30th pick in the draft seems like an enticing plan.

Understanding that by the time the Ravens are on the clock many of the top Day 1 receivers might be gone, two names come to mind that might still be there, LSU’s Brian Thomas Jr and Oregon’s Troy Franklin.

Thomas, my personal favorite out of the two, has gallons of potential to become a big-play specialist for Baltimore. With a 6-foot-4, 205-pound frame, his mix of speed, pop after the catch, and size make him a perfect choice for having a receiver who can stretch the field.

When thinking of Flowers and Thomas together, it almost feels like a new version of Miami’s Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle combination, but this time in Maryland.

Once that’s done and over with, landing strong offensive line prospects as well as one or two players for the secondary, and a couple of defensive linemen to bring more depth to an already stacked D should be the mission.

Free Agency: Defense Could Use Pick Me Up

As I just mentioned, targeting a couple of defensive line players to add more depth to an already stacked D sounds like a good plan. But not just for the draft. They should also make that the team’s mission in the upcoming free-agency market.

If the Ravens can find a way to create more cap space, especially since they are only slated to have an initial $11.7 million to work with this offseason and bring in at least one defense-driven veteran to boost the line, it could end up meaning volumes, especially for the team’s NFL lines value.

Remember, as I always say, offenses win games, defenses win championships. We already know Baltimore’s offense is money, now it’s the defense that needs a little extra push to seriously go for a shot at Super Bowl LIX.

With their Super Bowl LIX winner odds at +900, it seems as if the Ravens need a couple of tweaks here and there.

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Outlook: Is It Time To Say ‘Super Bowl or Bust?’

After what looked to be like the perfect season for Baltimore last year, with Vegas NFL playoffs odds showing the team as clear favorites to make it to the Super Bowl, being stopped in its tracks by Kansas City in the AFC title game came as a heartbreaker.

Now, for this upcoming season, learning to overcome last year’s woes will be essential.

If Jackson plays at the same level as he did last season, or better, added to Baltimore making a true effort to give him more weapons to work with as well as bolstering the defense, we could be looking at a team ready to once again go on a Super Bowl run in 2024.

The only real question is, how will Baltimore fare when it faces a returning Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals twice next season?

Hint: If the Ravens take down Cincinnati, they should be cleared to go as NFL betting favorites to win the AFC title.

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Questions Of The Day

What Are Baltimore’s Odds To Win Super Bowl LIX?

The Baltimore Ravens currently stands as the team with the third-best odds to win Super Bowl LIX at +900 at BetUS Sportsbook.

Which Positions Need To Be Addressed By The Ravens In This Draft?

With seven picks to work within the 2024 NFL draft, the Ravens need to focus on landing a strong wide receiver prospect, as well as pass rusher, edge, interior defender, and right tackle.

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