The story of the Ravens‘ offense in 2023 was their strength at the wide receiver position. Baltimore ranks 6th in dropback EPA and dropback success rate, the highest marks for the Ravens since Lamar Jackson’s MVP season in 2019. This is according to RBSDM. With the ability to stretch the receiver four times deep, coupled with the return of Mark Andrews, this offense is stronger than ever. This is why so much attention is on second-year cornerback, Trent McDuffie. Kansas City had an elite pass defense this season, ranking 5th in defensive pass DVOA. Their only weakness: WR2s. The Chiefs rank in the top 10 in DVOA when covering WR1s (5th), WR3s (2nd), and tight ends (10th), but drop to 25th when facing WR2s. McDuffie had a slightly tougher season compared to his rookie year. His 7.4 yards per target, 60.0% allowed completion rate, and 86.5% deserved catch rate are all worse compared to last year, while his five passes defended in 16 games make up half of the total he could achieve last year in 11 games (per Sport-Info-Solutions).
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