20 reasons to be optimistic about the Ravens this year
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The Ravens were playing without their top receiver from the year before. Their offensive line was a disaster. They had a gaping hole in the middle of the defense and in the locker room after a franchise cornerstone retired.
And yet, an 8-8 record wasn't enough for fans.
That's what happens when you build a franchise that harvests winning teams like the Chesapeake churns out seafood.
To be blunt, the 2013 season didn't exactly suck, but it wasn't particularly great. But here are 20 reasons why the 2014 season will be better than the last. --By Sean Welsh, The Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Keith Wenning against the New Orleans Saints during the second half of a preseason game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Derick E. Hingle / USA Today Sports)