The Ravens were established in 1996, when Art Modell, who was then the owner of the Cleveland Browns, announced plans to relocate the franchise from Cleveland to Baltimore. As part of a settlement between the league and the city of Cleveland, Modell was required to leave the Browns' history and records in Cleveland for a replacement team and replacement personnel that would take control in 1999. In return, he was allowed to take his own personnel and team to Baltimore, where such personnel would then form an expansion team.
The Ravens have been one of the more successful franchises since their inception, having qualified for the NFL playoffs ten times since 2000, with two Super Bowl victories. The team has had to rebuild itself somewhat these last few years, after former key players such as Ray Lewis and Ed Reed retired.
Head Coach: John Harbaugh
Almost everything that could go wrong for the Ravens this offseason has. Quarterback Joe Flacco continues to nurse an injured back. The offensive line has been patched together at multiple positions. Dennis Pitta is no longer with the team, either. The setbacks have been staggering. But Baltimore still features a stingy defense that added Tony Jefferson, Brandon Carr, Marlon Humphrey and Tyus Bowser to the mix. If they are going to have any success this year they will have to rely on that defence and hope Flacco can produce the same form he did a few years ago.
Baltimore will be heavily relying on QB Joe Flacco (once he's completely healthy) to produce for the offence, as they don't have the strongest ground attack. The problem is not only is Flacco recovering from an injury, but he hasn't been the same player he was at the start of his career, even before he got injured. Flacco needs to show the same form that led his team to it's last Super Bowl victory in 2012. The Ravens have a decent receiving corps with Mike Wallace, Breshad Perriman and Jeremy Maclin all good options.
The Ravens have always been built on defence. That's always been the team's identity throughout the years. Terrell Suggs is the only remaining member of the feared defence from yesteryear. Even though he turns 35 this season, Suggs is still one of the most intimidating presences for quarterbacks to deal with. Star linebacker C.J. Mosley will lead this unit, while savvy veteran safety Eric Weddle still plays at the top of his game at 32 years of age. The defence was great last year, finishing in the top ten for most categories, so this year they'll be hoping for more of the same.
C.J. Mosley, MLB
Although he's only been in the league for a couple of years, C.J. Mosley has already been to 2 Pro Bowls. Future Hall of Famer Ray Lewis was the face of the franchise for over a decade at the inside linebacker postion, but Ravens fans didn't have to wait long to find his heir when they drafted Mosley in the 2014 draft.
C.J. leads by example with his no nonsense and gritty style of play. He is the ideal size and speed for the position, and exactly the kind of player you want to build your defence around. If he keeps up his excellent play and leadership, he'll go down as the next great Raven superstar.
Other notable players: QB - Joe Flacco. WR - Jeremy Maclin. DE - Terrell Suggs. S - Eric Weddle. K - Justin Tucker.
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M&T Bank Stadium
Often referred to as "Ravens Stadium", M&T Bank Stadium officially opened in 1998, and is currently one of the most praised stadiums in the NFL for fan amenities, ease of access, concessions and other facilities.
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Baltimore is a major city in Maryland with a long history as an important seaport. Fort McHenry, birthplace of the U.S. national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” sits at the mouth of Baltimore’s Inner Harbour. Today, this harbour area offers shops, upscale crab shacks and attractions like the Civil War–era warship the USS Constellation and the National Aquarium, showcasing thousands of marine creatures.
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AFC Champions - 2
AFC North - 4
2003, 2006, 2011, 2012
Playoff Appearances - 10
2000, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014
All Time Record
(Since end of 2016 Season)
Wins: 181 Losses: 154 Ties: 1
Wins: 15 Losses: 8
Wins: 196 Losses: 162 Ties: 1
Hall of Famers - 1
Jonathan Ogden, T - Class of 2013