Just take a glance at the Ravens schedule this year and you'll notice some tough match ups for our defense. It seems each year there is a game or two that a player puts on a show statistically. Most of the time it's a wide receiver or quarterback.
Let's take a quick look at who the top-5 offensive weapons the Ravens defense will be facing this season.
5. Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
With an average at best secondary heading into camp the Ravens defense could struggle against elite receivers (again). Last year, Robinson had a break out season (80-1400-14) and solidified himself as a top-10 receiver in the league. The former second-round pick out of Penn State has built a good relationship with quarterback Blake Bortles, and the duo has helped put the Jags back on the map. In the Week 3 match up in Jacksonville the Ravens will hope that Jimmy Smith can slow down the talented Robinson. Expect the new safety duo of Lardarius Webb and Eric Weddle to double over the top on Robinson. This choice was tough between Robinson and Ravens killer AJ Green.
4. Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Running backs don't have a history of do to much damaged to the Ravens defensive front. Bell is probably the most versatile back in the league and a top-10 player overall. He can catch out of the backfield and finds running lanes against even the most stout fronts. Injuries have been a concern over his short three year career and luckily the Ravens only had to play Bell once last year. In the Week 4 win over the Steelers, Bell did get loose for 129 rushing yards and a touchdown. Stopping Bell is going to be a must if the Ravens want to slow down a dynamic Steelers offense. It's almost easier to just accept that if Bell is healthy he's probably going to get his.
3. Odell Beckham Jr, WR, New York Giants
Not many receivers if any at all put on a show like Beckham. He might have the best hands in the league and makes the toughest catches look routine. The Ravens don't have a corner on the active roster that can guard him one on one (no team does). Having safety help over top will be a necessity for the secondary to slow down OBJ at all. Eli Manning is one of the better quarterback in the league and him and OBJ have a fantastic relationship.
2. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
Seems each year Brady is on the schedule for the Ravens. He is arguably the greatest quarterback of all time and a shoe in to tear most defense up. Hopefully, the Ravens have Terrell Suggs healthy for the Week 12 match up this year. Suggs has a pretty good history of getting to Brady. That said, even if Suggs is around all game Brady has a talented receiving core including Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski. The best case scenario for the Ravens defense might be slowing down the powerful Pats offense and future Hall of Famer Brady.
1. Antonio Browns, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Not only do the Ravens need to focus on Bell at running back twice a year against the Steelers, but they need to try and stop the best receiver in football during the same game. Brown is the definition of consistency and any given week can go for a line of 10-125-2. The Ravens have struggled in the past against Brown and most of their success against him comes when Ben Roethlisberger is hurt. If Roethlisberger, Bell and Brown are healthy for the Steelers offense there might not be a defense that can slow them down. Out of that trio Brown is going to be the one the Ravens should focus most of their attention towards.
Other Players Considered for the List: Ben Roethlisberger, AJ Green, Dez Bryant, Zeke Elliott, Rob Gronkowski, Sammy Watkins, Brandon Marshall