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5 Reasons Why Baltimore Ravens Will Make The Playoffs In 2014

5 Reasons Why The Baltimore Ravens Will Make The Playoffs In 2014

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After a disappointing 2013 season, the Baltimore Ravens are looking to rebound and play some postseason football this year. Though they're no shoo-in, here are five reasons why the Ravens have a chance to make the 2014 NFL playoffs.

5. Gary Kubiak's Commitment to the Run Game

Gary Kubiak
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5. Gary Kubiak's Commitment to the Run Game

Gary Kubiak
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Gary Kubiak has made it clear this preseason that he is committing to the run game despite the way the Ravens struggled mightily in that category last year. Kubiak’s philosophy as offensive coordinator will make the Ravens' offense more dynamic and will open up their passing game in a big way.

4. Receiving Corps

Steve Smith
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4. Receiving Corps

Steve Smith
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The Ravens are heading into the season with a lot of dangerous weapons that Joe Flacco will be able to utilize. Torrey Smith, Steve Smith, Jacoby Jones, Dennis Pitta and Owen Daniels make up an extremely well balanced pass game, and their hopefully improved run game will help open passing and play action options.

3. Weak Schedule

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3. Weak Schedule

Jacksonville Jaguars
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The one bright side from having a mediocre season last year is that the Ravens don’t have a very demanding schedule this year. There are a few difficult matchups, but they should have a chance to do very well with a schedule that includes the AFC South as well as weaker teams like the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

2. Special Teams

Justin Tucker
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2. Special Teams

Justin Tucker
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Ravens kicker Justin Tucker co-led the NFL in field goals made last year and had a percentage just shy of 93. He’s proven from outside 50 yards and can help the team if they struggle finishing off drives. Additionally, having a healthy Jacoby Jones returning kicks and punts can be very dangerous for opposing coverage teams.

1. AFC North Is Up For Grabs

Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
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1. AFC North Is Up For Grabs

Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
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This year’s AFC North is a division without a clear, runaway favorite. The Ravens stand just as good of a chance as any of the other three teams within the division to capture the title and make the playoffs. Additionally, the suspension of Josh Gordon is a huge plus seeing as the Ravens will play the Cleveland Browns twice.

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