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LA Chargers: The toughest defenses Justin Herbert faces in 2021

LANDOVER, MARYLAND - DECEMBER 27: Chase Young #99 of the Washington Football Team looks on between plays against the Carolina Panthers during the game at FedExField on December 27, 2020 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MARYLAND - DECEMBER 27: Chase Young #99 of the Washington Football Team looks on between plays against the Carolina Panthers during the game at FedExField on December 27, 2020 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

3. Baltimore Ravens

Grass is green, the sun rises in the East and the Baltimore Ravens have a good defense. Even if the Ravens are in their sporadic non-playoff years, the defense always holds its own and has become a massive part of the identity in Baltimore.

Except now they have an MVP-winning quarterback who is still extremely young and likely has multiple Super Bowls in his future. That sounds like fun for the rest of the league.

The rankings stack up for Baltimore and this is where we start seeing less disparity between the defensive efficiency and the DVOA numbers. Baltimore ranked ninth in defensive DVOA last season while checking in as the fifth-most efficient defense.

Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters make up one of the best cornerbacks duos in the entire league. Chuck Clark and DeShaun Elliot are both solid safeties and Patrick Queen is the young first-round linebacker that has Pro Bowl potential as early as 2021.

The team did lose Matt Judon and Yannick Ngakoue but they should be fine. They still have Calais Campbell and have earned the benefit of the doubt of expecting them to elevate other pass rushers to higher levels.

Baltimore will likely take a small step back in overall defense in 2021, but they are still going to be a top-10 defense in the league without a doubt. That is simply the Baltimore way.

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