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  • Super Bowl Championships: 2
  • Last Super Bowl Championship: Super Bowl 47
  • Claim to Fame: Allowed just 165 points in the 2000 season, which is an all-time NFL low for a 16-game season, and possess the highest winning percentage in the postseason (65.2%)
  • Claim to Shame: The best QB the franchise has had is Joe Flacco

For the first time since entering the league in 1996, it feels like the Baltimore Ravens appear to be in a true transitional stage.

Since Art Modell uprooted the franchise from Cleveland and into the state of Maryland, the Ravens have been a consistently excellent team – outside of their first few seasons.

In 2000, Baltimore set NFL records for fewest points allowed (165) and fewest yards rushing allowed (970) in a 16-game schedule en route to the Super Bowl 35 title.

A dozen years later, backed by the coach-QB duo of John Harbaugh and Joe Flacco, the Ravens sent veteran (and soon to be Hall-of-Famer) Ray Lewis out a winner, claiming Super Bowl 47 against the 49ers.

It’s that win, coincidentally, that has hurt the Ravens’ usual spot among the AFC powers. Because of his postseason performance, Joe Flacco inked a massive six-year, $120.6 million contract.

Since signing that deal, Flacco’s performance has fallen off a cliff. Last season, he threw 18 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, and his average yards per completion was just 5.7 yards, last among starting quarterbacks in the NFL and a staggering 52nd overall.

In the pass-happy NFL, the Ravens averaged under 190 yards through the air per game, and they failed to make the playoffs with a 9-7 record.

That’s the reason Baltimore made the move to get back into the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft: to find their next pivot in Louisville star Lamar Jackson.

While he waits as the heir apparent, Baltimore remade its receiving corps, perhaps a last-ditch effort to see if Flacco is still a starting caliber pivot.

Michael Crabtree, John Brown, and Willie Snead could add some pop to the passing game, and maybe give the Ravens one last run under this group, before charting a new path in Baltimore.

 

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