After reaching the
In many circles, the team was either a touchdown catch by
Are the Ravens taking a risk by not agreeing on a long-term deal with quarterback
Risk is built into every aspect of business, and this is no exception. Flacco, who is in the final year of his rookie contract, is seeking an extension that rewards him for guiding the team to the playoffs in each of his first four seasons as the starter and for starting all 73 games (regular season and postseason) thus far. The organization has yet to offer something that can be accepted by the quarterback's camp, and if the team enjoys success again this year, Flacco will only become more expensive at season's end.
Can the defense be as formidable while reigning
Perhaps, but Suggs is one of the few pass rushers in the league every team game-plans for. His presence allowed defensive end
How vulnerable is the offensive line?
If age was the primary indicator of an offensive line's effectiveness, the answer is: very. But with the exception of new starting left guard
Will the offense maximize its potential under offensive coordinator
Cameron has become the lightning rod for criticism as the offense has failed to mirror the units he molded with the
Will Dickson and Pitta be rusty from missing most of the preseason because of injuries?
They will. Dickson (sprained right shoulder) hasn't participated in practice or a preseason game since catching a 9-yard touchdown pass from Flacco in the preseason opener against the
How much more mileage can the defense get from Lewis?
Despite age (37) and years of service (17), the 13-time
No. Smith is blessed with the kind of size, speed and skills that defensive coordinators salivate over, and in due time, he should enjoy a long career with the team. But he has battled injuries in his short time in the NFL that have cut into his ability to wrestle the starting role away. Williams is not invincible and is coming off surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip. But he has largely avoided injuries in the preseason and isn't shy about being physical at the line of scrimmage or getting after running backs.
Who will return kicks and punts?
If the preseason is any indication, Jones will get the first crack at both duties. He is still the No. 3 wide receiver, but he should be the primary returner after ranking second on the team in the preseason in both areas. Don't be surprised if rookie cornerback
Will rookie kicker
The organization might have taken a calculated risk by parting ways with incumbent Billy Cundiff and giving the job to Tucker. But it was a case of Tucker out-performing Cundiff in the preseason, not Cundiff underwhelming the coaching staff or observers. The key will be how Tucker fares when the team needs a game-winning field goal in crunch time in a significant contest.