Last season, the Baltimore Ravens led by Lamar Jackson had a remarkable year.
They finished the year 14-2, first place in the AFC South. Being the top seed in the AFC secured them a first-round bye in the playoffs. They had the MVP of the league at quarterback in Lamar Jackson.
Rookie wide out Hollywood Brown and Mark Ingram were key contributors to the high-flying offence, and the defence held their own.
But the bright lights seemed to be too bright for this young team, who got bounced by the Titans in the divisional round.
That ultimately led to the Chiefs winning the AFC and the Super Bowl, and left us without a Lamar Jackson versus Patrick Mahomes playoff match-up.
But rest assured, we will get that match-up for many years to come, and the Ravens might often come out on top, and this is why.
Most of the 2019 Ravens roster is coming back, with a couple of major additions. The additions are Calais Campbell from the Jaguars, signing Derek Wolfe in free agency, and trading a second-string tight end in Hayden Hurst for a draft pick that turned out to be JK Dobbins.
Adding those two monsters to that already good defence and adding a dynamic running back like Dobbins to the backfield with Ingram and Jackson means that things are looking up.
Oh, do not forget their draft picks Patrick Queen and Justin Madubuike, who will help bolster the defence, and another weapon for Jackson in Devin Duvernay.
This young and exciting team just started their window last season, and without injury, they will have that window for the next five to seven years.
And with their coach John Harbaugh, I do not see another team creeping up on them and snagging the top one or two seeds in the AFC.
The Titans beat them last year in the playoffs. But I do not see Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry making a run like they did again.
The Texans? Deshaun Watson and what army?
The Patriots are in their first rebuilding year in 15 years.
But can they get over the giant in the Kansas City Chiefs?
It will be great. I will not complain if we get that match-up every year. The best coaches, quarterbacks, and skill position players in the entire league, all in one game.
Ratings would be through the roof, and it will be something we have not seen in years: a non-Patriots AFC championship game.
Lamar Jackson, John Harbaugh and the gang in Baltimore will be eager to have that match-up next year. And who knows, we might be seeing a dynasty in the making.