A Look Back – Once again, the Baltimore Ravens proved that they are one of the elite franchises in the NFL last season by making yet another trip to the playoffs. However, the illustrious Super Bowl has still evaded this team for years, and that’s the only goal in mind for the purple and black in 2010 with plenty of new pieces to the puzzle that could make this the scariest team in the league.

Key Addition – WR Anquan Boldin – Finally, the Ravens have a #2 wide receiver to complement Derrick Mason! Baltimore made it a point to go find another huge name to stick opposite one of the best receivers this franchise has ever had by acquiring WR Anquan Boldin from the Arizona Cardinals in the offseason. There are two great things about Boldin that QB Joe Flacco will love. First of all, he is seemingly good for 65+ receptions and 1,000+ yards every single season. The second is that you know he doesn’t have a huge ego having played second fiddle to WR Larry Fitzgerald for years in the desert.

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Key Loss – DB Dominique Foxworth – Foxworth is still a Raven, but his ACL tear suffered last week will cost him his 2010 season. The secondary is probably the only piece to this defense that is thin, and losing the team’s top INT man from a year ago isn’t going to help matters at all. Unless either S Dawan Landry or Tom Zbikowski is shifting to corner, there could be a huge gap in the Baltimore ‘D’.

2010 Will Be a Success if… – The front seven stays healthy and continues to harass opposing quarterbacks. That’s certainly one way to make your secondary look great. Though LB Ray Lewis is clearly up there in age at this point in his career, there is no doubting the fact that he is still one of the best in the biz. Add a new protégé in the mix in the form of LB Sergio Kindle and the recipe is ripe for Baltimore to be lethal for a number of years.

The Crucial Game – The trip to Pittsburgh in Week 4 could effectively put the division away for the Ravens early on. The Steelers appear to be the only team between Baltimore and an AFC North title this year, and a win in Steeltown without QB Ben Roethlisberger in the fold due to suspension would be massive.

Predictions – Baltimore’s only glaring problem on the entire roster is that secondary. The offense could put up 6,500 yards this year if it really needs to, and the defense will still be feared. Anything less than a dozen wins and an AFC North title would be devastating this season. The oddsmakers have them at -140 in AFC North odds and +900 to win the Super Bowl.

2010 Baltimore Ravens Regular Season Schedule

9/13 @ NYJ
9/19 @ CIN
9/26 vs. CLE
10/3 @ PIT
10/10 vs. DEN
10/17 @ NE
10/24 vs. BUF
11/7 vs. MIA
11/11 @ ATL
11/21 @ CAR
11/28 vs. TB
12/5 vs. PIT
12/13 @ HOU
12/19 vs. NO
12/26 @ CLE
1/2 vs. CIN

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