How many games will the Baltimore Ravens win in 2020, and who will be the team’s breakout star?
PressBox asked our football writers and a few local media personalities to weigh in and share their thoughts. Here are their picks for the Ravens and the Super Bowl.
Marty Bass, WJZ (@MartyBassWJZ)
I think the Ravens, if they remain healthy (not a COVID statement but rather one of game injuries), can win 13. I think, if healthy, they go to the AFC title game. The breakout star will be Lamar Jackson. He is still learning and becoming a more complete QB. I think they can make the Super Bowl, but they have to get beyond the past faux pas. A lot will depend on how many coaches looking for jobs won’t have the team prepared. They can make the Super Bowl, and they will play the Rams.
Stan “The Fan” Charles, PressBox (@StanTheFan)
If Lamar Jackson remains upright enough to play in all 16 games, I see no reason the 2020 incarnation of modern football’s greatest offensive experiment can’t win 14 or even 15 games. Before last season’s playoff loss to the Titans, the Ravens’ offense was basically unstoppable and should be again. While I also expect the defense to be great, my breakout player is wide receiver Marquise Brown.
The Ravens will make the playoffs, and this season they will have a hunger that great teams have on their way to a Super Bowl, which is exactly where I see this team heading. I think the Ravens will meet the 49ers or the Tom Brady-led Buccaneers in Tampa for Super Bowl LV. And I think the Ravens will beat either team in Tampa, although if the Buccaneers make it, they’ll be the first team in NFL history to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium.
Glenn Clark, GlennClarkRadio.com (@GlennClarkRadio)
It’s hard to not be excited about what the Ravens can do this season. The AFC North should be slightly tougher than it was last year however, so I’ll predict they win 12 games and eek out the AFC North title. It seems almost too obvious, but J.K. Dobbins appears to be the clear choice for a breakout star and could be the team’s primary back before the season is over. But until the Ravens prove otherwise, I’ll still have to pick the Chiefs to win the Super Bowl again.
Jamie Costello, WMAR (@JamiefromWMAR)
2020 has given me the vision to see Patrick Queen tackle Patrick Mahomes for a 12-yard loss, sending the 14-2 Ravens into the Super Bowl. They will win with J.K. Dobbins having a “Jamal” day: 172 yards and three scores to beat Philadelphia at the site of the Ravens’ first Super Bowl, Tampa.
Pete Gilbert, WBAL (@WBALPete)
I think the Ravens roster is equal to or maybe even better than last year, but it’s hard to see them replicating the regular-season run in which everything went right. So I’ll go with 11 regular-season wins. They will make the postseason as a wild card. They will also win their first playoff games under Lamar Jackson, reaching the AFC championship game.
Hollywood Brown is the obvious breakout choice, but I’ll add Tyus Bowser. He’ll rack up nine sacks and get a big payday.
Kansas City goes back to back, beating the Bucs in the Super Bowl.
Luke Jackson, PressBox (@luke_jackson10)
The Ravens go 12-4 and win the AFC North. There was a lot of talk this offseason about the Ravens potentially adding a big, physical receiver for Lamar Jackson, but that never materialized. As such, Miles Boykin fills that role becomes a solid contributor for Baltimore. On the other side of the ball, I think football fans will start to appreciate just how good Chuck Clark is.
The Ravens beat Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl.
Tony Lombardi, Russell Street Report (@RSRLombardi)
The league will adjust to the Ravens’ offense a bit early, forcing Greg Roman to counter. Eventually he will, but it will cost Lamar & Co. a couple of wins when compared to 2019. I see a 12-4 season and a third consecutive AFC North title. The Ravens will fall to the Chiefs in the AFC championship game.
For breakout star, it’s easy to go with J.K. Dobbins, but I’ll dig a bit deeper and go with Tyus Bowser, who finishes the season with nine sacks.
Super Bowl pick: All eyes are on the Bucs, and I get it. Tom Brady is trying to add to his resume and win without Bill Belichick, plus a city has never hosted its hometown team in the Super Bowl. But Tampa isn’t even the best team in its division. That distinction goes to the Saints, and they’ll go marching in all the way to Tampa, knock off the reigning champs and hoist the Lombardi.
Bo Smolka, PressBox (@bsmolka)
The Ravens will finish 12-4 and win the AFC North, but last year they squandered their chance to host the AFC championship game. This year, the route goes through Arrowhead, and the Chiefs turn back the Ravens to return to the Super Bowl. There, they will meet an aging QB in the twilight of his career — no, not Tom Brady. Drew Brees adds one more Super Bowl trip to his remarkable resume, but the Chiefs deny Brees and the New Orleans Saints, 33-24.
The Ravens’ breakout star will be rookie running back J.K. Dobbins, who will be centerpiece of this offense by midseason and who will validate Eric DeCosta’s comment that, despite already having three talented running backs on the roster, drafting Dobbins in the second round “just made too much sense for us.”
Gary Stein, PressBox
Ravens predictions during a pandemic? Oy vey! Having said that, I’m all in. The Ravens are at the vanguard of the “new” NFL with one of the deepest rosters in the league and a great combination of youth and experience. J.K. Dobbins will be the breakout star, adding another dimension to the offense. They go 12-4, and a fourth-quarter comeback in Tampa against the 49ers nets them a Super Bowl victory. No fans are there and how weird will that be …
Shawn Stepner, WMAR (@StepnerWMAR)
It will be pretty hard to follow up a record-breaking 2019, but the Ravens are well-equipped to give it a run. If the NFL completes a full season I think the Ravens go 11-5, winning the AFC North. They will reach the Super Bowl and win lucky No. 3 for the franchise. The Ravens’ breakout star will be J.K. Dobbins, who will emerge as an important piece as the season rolls on.
Ken Zalis, PressBox (@FansFantasy)
The Ravens will go 10-6 and win the AFC North in 2020. J.K. Dobbins will be the breakout offensive star and Jaylon Ferguson the defensive breakout star. The Ravens will make it all the way to the AFC championship but come up just short to the eventual Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.
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