Baltimore Ravens: Predicting the Offensive Numbers

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The Baltimore Ravens were just a few plays away from knocking off the eventual Super Bowl champions in the playoffs last season. The offense came out firing out the gate, scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter and the game seemed to be in control. When Joe Flacco connected with Justin Forsett on a 16-yard touchdown pass early in the third quarter, Baltimore was ready to start the celebration. No one expected the New England Patriots to erase two 14-point deficits and get the win. 

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A lot has changed since January, particularly on the offense.

Torrey Smith and Owen Daniels are gone. Gary Kubiak is the new head coach of the Denver Broncos. The Ravens brought in former Chicago Bears Head Coach Marc Trestman to direct the offense and Ozzie Newsome found potential replacements for Daniels and Smith by drafting Breshad Perriman and Maxx Williams.

The Ravens have undergone changes at the offensive coordinator position four times over the last four seasons. Last season under Kubiak, the Ravens finished 12th in total offense and broke a team record by averaging 365 yards per game. The year before with Jim Caldwell running the offense, the team was ranked 29th in total offense. What can we expect for the Ravens under Trestman? It’s hard to predict.

Trestman’s two seasons in Chicago couldn’t have been more different. In 2013, the Bears finished 8th in total yards and second in scoring at 27.8 points per game. The aerial attack was fifth best in the NFL, but the ultimate result was an 8-8 season, mostly due to a poor defense that finished 30th in the league. Last season was a major disappointment as the team was 21st in total offense and 23rd in scoring, averaging 19.9 points per game. Everyone expected the offense to be better, not worse. That is how the game goes sometimes.

So what can the Ravens expect from Trestman’s offense? Let’s try to compare the teams and take a guess at the 2015 offensive stats.