AFC North standings heading into Week 1 of the 2021 NFL schedule

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Baltimore Ravens (Away) vs Las Vegas Raiders, Monday at 8:15 P.M.

The Baltimore Ravens enter the 2021 season as one of the favorites to win the AFC North and that is for good reason. They constantly have a good offensive attack and their defense is stout. The biggest issue for them will be all of the losses they faced over this offseason.

The Ravens lost some major components to their defense and finding their replacements will need to be shown quickly. They made some moves this offseason and in the draft to plug those holes so it will be interesting to see how those players perform. This is still going to be a run-heavy team that compliments that with passing. Lamar Jackson will continue to bring his explosiveness to this offense and cause havoc against every team he faces.

The Las Vegas Raiders are always in limbo anymore between becoming a playoff contender and irrelevancy. They either need to take that next step up or rebuild this team after 2021. The away football club will be the favorite and for good reason.

They have the better roster and coaching but the Raiders have caused bigger upsets than this matchup before. The birds from Baltimore are just too explosive on offense for this Raiders defense to handle on Monday. Expect the Ravens to win this game rather easily after some initial fight-back by the home squad.