Don Banks, a respected NFL voice at Sports Illustrated, has posted 20 NFL predictions. Here are two in regard to the Ravens:
Baltimore's defense will show its age at times this season, and the loss of disruptive outside linebacker Terrell Suggs can't be completely offset. But the Ravens, even with a tough first-place schedule, will be back in the playoffs for an NFL-best fifth consecutive season thanks to an offense that is ready to carry the load. Joe Flacco will put up career-best numbers in the no-huddle offense the Ravens will feature, and receiver Torrey Smith will be a force in the team's vertical passing game.
You have to think well, I have to think that the Ravens will be seeking to offset Suggs absence with more blitzing. So the key may not be how effective they can be in replicating Suggs disruptions from last season so much as how well the secondary handles the more pressure put on it to cover with less help.
Banks other Ravens-related item:
By late September, thunder-footed rookies Greg Zuerlein in St. Louis and Justin Tucker in Baltimore will make the Rams and Ravens very happy they got younger at kicker. Jeff Fisher and John Harbaugh will find themselves feeling good about attempting any field goal from 55 yards on in. And they weren't going to say that about veterans Josh Brown or Billy Cundiff.
With increased production anticipated by Flacco and the passing game, maybe there might not even be that many instances of needing Tuckers long-range leg.