Baltimore Ravens at a glance
2018 record: 10-6, first in the AFC North
Key additions: RB Mark Ingram, S Earl Thomas, WR Seth Roberts
Key losses: QB Joe Flacco, LB Terrell Suggs, LB C.J. Mosley
It was a tale of two seasons in 2018 for the Baltimore Ravens, in more ways than one. When the team started with a 4-5 record, it featured a pass-first offense led by quarterback Joe Flacco and only averaged 3.6 yards per rush. After their bye week, the Ravens came out with rookie Lamar Jackson at quarterback and completely changed their offense. The 2016 Heisman trophy winner never had more than 26 pass attempts in a game and the team averaged 5.1 yards per rush. The Ravens finished the season 6-1 and won the AFC North.
Looking forward to this upcoming season, there are talks going around Ravens camp that the offense is going to “revolutionize” the NFL. They plan to run an Oklahoma-esque offense, with the spread and run-pass options. They drafted players like Justice Hill, Marquise Brown and Miles Boykin to fit this scheme with Jackson.
The defense may have lost some big names, but it is still a solid group that likely will not drop off too much from being the best defense in terms of yards allowed in 2018. The one aspect that could burn the Ravens is turnovers. Jackson appeared in 12 games last season and had 12 fumbles. As a Kentucky football fan, I know all about his fumbles.
Lamar Jackson is going to get himself killed playing like this.
What are you doing, man!?
Even aside from the fumble/no fumble this is horrible. pic.twitter.com/Bn9TgvH8PY
— Sam Monson (@PFF_Sam) August 21, 2018
Considering the hype surrounding this new offense, what do we think about the Ravens’ betting odds for the 2019 season?
I really do not see much of a chance this team can win a Super Bowl with such a young roster. However, there is certainly some good value in this wager. They are currently the 16th choice, but I would rank this team near the 10-12 mark, so that makes this a good value play.
I have pretty much the same sentiment here as the Super Bowl pick. The Ravens do not have a great chance to win the AFC Championship, but there is some value as the seventh betting choice when they are probably the fourth- or fifth-best team in the conference.
I love the odds here. I believe the Ravens should be the favorite to win the division and yet they are the third choice. The Browns have the talent, but with a first-year head coach, they will likely need some time to put it together. And let’s not forget they are the Browns—can you really trust the Browns as the favorite? I also can’t see the Steelers losing so much talent and winning the division right away.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) August 12, 2019
Another pick I love. The odds are lower than the division bet, but this wager provides wild-card spots as a backup. I would recommend wagering on both and using this bet as a hedge to cover a potential loss on the division.
The schedule is not easy, but Baltimore only has four games that look like guaranteed losses. That means the Ravens need to go 9-3 in their remaining games, assuming they go winless in the longshot matchups. While not an easy task, given the build of the team, I like its chances. I like them to go 10-6 and hit the Over.