As the Ravens prepare to begin the 2020 season, their second full season with Lamar Jackson at quarterback, one question looms over the franchise: Can they break through and succeed in the playoffs?
Two straight seasons, two straight playoff losses. For one of the best teams in the NFL, repeating such a result for a third time would be disastrous.
So can they get over the hump and win in the postseason? Based on his picks for the 2020 season, Peter King thinks so.
In his Football Morning in America column, King outlined all 14 playoff teams this season and their respective seeds. The Ravens came in as the No. 1 seed in the AFC and got revenge on the Titans in the conference title game, beating them 27-22 to move on to Super Bowl 55.
Their opponent? Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who Jackson and company would lose to, according to King, by a score of 30-26.
The Ravens have had their fair share of meetings with Brady and his former Patriots comrades, including four postseason meetings. The two teams split the four playoff games and the Patriots posted an 8-4 record against Baltimore with Brady under center.
But would the Bucs realistically beat the Ravens head-to-head? The team looks a lot different than it did a year ago, but it's mostly been rebuilt with former superstars past their prime.
I guess King is putting some serious stock in Brady's championship experience, seemingly giving him and the Bucs more of an advantage in high-pressure situations than a normal regular season contest. It makes sense, but if the Ravens were to finally exorcise their postseason demons this year, it'd be hard to imagine them losing in the Super Bowl.