- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Baltimore Ravens should be better than last season, when they finished near the bottom of the NFL.
How much better? Not even the Ravens themselves know after one preseason game.
Our friends at Pro Football Focus have made a projection, pegging the Ravens offense as the 24th-best in the league right now. This is what PFF had to say about the Ravens offense:
The Ravens may have addressed some of the issues on their offensive line ... but there are still plenty of questions for the offense. As good as Joe Flacco can be when he's at the top of his game, we continue to see a very inconsistent level of play from him week to week.
Given what the Ravens did this offseason, this offense should be at least No. 24 this season. The Ravens signed wide receiver Steve Smith and traded for center Jeremy Zuttah. Plus, tight end Dennis Pitta and left guard Kelechi Osemele are healthy this season.
The biggest addition, though, was hiring Gary Kubiak as offensive coordinator. He has a proven track record of producing productive offenses during his time with the Texans. Under Kubiak, the Texans ranked in the top 10 in offense in six of his past eight seasons.
No one is suggesting the Ravens will crack the top half of the NFL in offense this season. But they should be projected to finish ahead of eight teams simply because of the quarterback position: Houston (Ryan Fitzpatrick), Cleveland (Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel), St. Louis (Sam Bradford), Oakland (Matt Schaub), Arizona (Carson Palmer), Buffalo (EJ Manuel), the Jets (Geno Smith) and Jacksonville (Chad Henne).