Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 5/3/13
The Baltimore Ravens are coming off quite the playoff run capped by a victory in Super Bowl 47. Joe Flacco was literally near perfect during that stretch and was paid like he is expected to play that way all year. They have an all-star running back in Ray Rice and one of the best upcoming wide receiver in the league in Torrey Smith. Unfortunately for the Ravens, that’s about the end of the good news.During the off season the heart of the team, Ray Lewis, retired. This was a known fact back in November so it came as no surprise. But filling shoes of that size is not easy. Then the Ravens lost the heart of their receiving game when Anquan Boldin went to the other team from Super Bowl 47, the San Francisco 49ers. Then strong safety Ed Reed went to another AFC powerhouse in the Houston Texans.The hits to key personnel will be one of the hurdles the Ravens have to overcome in 2013. But it certainly won’t be the only one.These barriers to success are going to keep the Ravens from having any real shot at playing for a Super Bowl. They will keep the Ravens from having a shot at winning the AFC North. And believe it or not, it will keep them from having a real shot at getting to nine wins and even grabbing a wild-card spot. Here are the top four reason the Ravens will finish under .500 and easily miss the playoffs in 2013.
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