2. Baltimore Ravens (finished 1)
What I said at the end of last season:
"Could there be anyone else? I feel like I say it week in and week out, but the incredible athleticism of Lamar Jackson combined with the outstanding play calls from Greg Roman blend together to make for a terrifying team to stop offensively. Their multiple tight ends force you to bring your heavy players on the field to stop then run and then you have to ask those guys to cover and stick with Lamar Jackson in space. Defensively the Ravens are actually built from the backend forward, with their DBs being able to handle whatever is asked of them. That gives the front seven full permission to get creative and to try to attack in any way that they can. If you can stop Lamar Jackson, you have a great chance of winning the game. The only problem is that the list of teams that can do that is very small."
I still don’t know how you consistently stop Lamar Jackson, but it looks like the Titans gave the league a nice blueprint.
Honestly, this might as well just be 1B because both this team and (spoiler) the Kansas City Chiefs could easily win a ring this year. However, someone had to be #2 on the power rankings and that honor goes to the Ravens.
Getting Calais Campbell is big because I don’t think you can expect Matt Judon to be a star this season as a pass rusher, but having those two together can make life very difficult for offensive linemen.
The one saving grace for the NFL is that the Ravens got a little weaker on the offensive line this year and chose to draft Patrick Queen (who is good) ahead of someone like Laviska Shenault or K.J. Hamler who would have made the offense even more difficult to defend.