The Las Vegas Raiders kick off their 2021 schedule against the Baltimore Ravens, who could once again be one of the best teams in the AFC.
The Las Vegas Raiders will be looking to finally get back to the playoffs this upcoming season, but right out of the gate, they have a tough matchup in front of them. In the first game ever at Allegiant Stadium with fans in attendance, the Raiders will welcome the Baltimore Ravens to the desert, a team who has been a constant in the playoffs since Lamar Jackson arrived.
With that said, here is a preview of the 2021 Baltimore Ravens.
Las Vegas Raiders 2021 Opponent Preview: Baltimore Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens brought in some solid additions via free agency, but three that really stand out are wide receiver Sammy Watkins, and offensive linemen Alejandro Villanueva and Kevin Zeitler. Watkins gives Jackson a solid No. 2 at wideout behind Marquise Brown, and they needed help at tackle with Orlando Brown Jr. being traded to Kansas City.
In the draft, the Ravens got Jackson another weapon on the outside in Rashod Bateman, who was downright dominant during his time at Minnesota. In addition, they brought in Tylan Wallace at wideout and got a steal in Ben Cleveland, who helps them along an offensive line that is being revamped in 2021.
On defense, former Penn State star Jayson Oweh could end up being a sack specialist at the next level, even though he did not notch a single one in college. Daelin Hayes was an excellent edge rusher at Notre Dame, and cornerback Shaun Wade was once considered a first-round talent, so overall, this was a pretty solid class for Baltimore.