[caption id="attachment_27566" align="aligncenter" width="369"] Photo: Keith Allison[/caption] Winning back-to-back Super Bowls is no easy feat. But it can be done! Just ask the Packers, Dolphins, Steelers (who did it twice!) 49ers, Cowboys, Broncos and of course the Patriots. Still, in the case of the Ravens it looks to be an incredibly difficult task, given their troubling offseason. Here's three reasons why the Baltimore Ravens won't go back-to-back this year, and one reason why they just might. Retirement/Free Agency Hurts It was an offseason of change for the newly crowned Super Bowl champions. The Ravens lost future Hall of Famers Ray Lewis and Ed Reed to retirement and free agency respectively as well as key wideout Anquan Boldin to San Francisco, Paul Kruger to Cleveland and Dannell Ellerbe to Miami. Credit to the Ravens though, as they didn’t waste long in acquiring the men who they hope will fill the boots of two Baltimore icons, in Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. In April they selected Florida safety Matt Elam and Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown with their first two selections in the draft. They also added Outside Linebacker Elvis Dumervil from Denver after a contract breakdown saw him wanting a new home in the league. Regardless of the talent the Ravens still have in their team, losing so many big name players during the offseason will make it an extremely tough assignment for them to repeat their Super Bowl triumph this season. Ulta-Competitive Division In the AFC North, the Pittsburgh Steelers will be looking to redeem themselves after a disappointing 8-8 2012 season and make a deep playoff run this time around. It is however the Cincinnati Bengals and not the Steelers who pose the greatest challenge to the Ravens for the AFC North title. Since the Bengals rid themselves of Carson Palmer and Chad Johnson they have silently gone about their work and in the process have assembled one of the most complete rosters in all of football. The Bengals solid pass game, prowess at the wide receiver position with A.J. Green and a very strong defense that will stand them in good stead to upset both the Ravens and Steelers and claim the AFC North division. Lack of Threat in the Pass Game Joe Flacco’s two primary targets in the Ravens pass attack last year were wide receiver Anquan Boldin and tight end Dennis Pitta. This offseason, Boldin was traded away to San Francisco and then Pitta suffered a season ending hip injury during training camp. With his two favourite attacking weapons now gone, Flacco and the Ravens will be looking to the likes of Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones at the wide receiver position to fill the void left by Boldin’s departure. Ray Rice will also assume more responsibility in the pass game this season, while Ed Dickson will look to step up and replace Pitta as the teams pass catching tight end. It won't be easy making up that production. Why Can They Still Go Back-To-Back? Plenty of Talent Left The Ravens are a champion team with talent to burn on both sides of the ball thanks to a very active offseason (signing defensive end Chris Canty, saftey Michael Huff and outstanding pass-rusher Elvis Dumervil), and no team likes to relinquish their title without putting up some sort of fight. This in itself could be enough to get the Ravens over the line once again and return them to the top step of the podium come February in New Jersey. - All things considered I think the Ravens will sneak into the playoffs via the AFC’s fifth or sixth seed, but realistically I can’t see them going any further then New Orleans did following their Super Bowl triumph.