Not only did the Baltimore Ravens win a league-high 14 games last season, but they also watched in utter amazement as now, third-year signal-caller Lamar Jackson had a record-setting campaign for the ages en route to winning the 2019 NFL MVP award. Let’s check the updated NFL Odds for the Ravens.
Baltimore Ravens SB Odds & Analysis After Draft
Now, as they get set for the upcoming 2020 regular season, Baltimore is expecting to be right in the mix to win the AFC Championship and nothing less. With that thought in mind, it’s time to find out if the Ravens will fly high in 2020 or whether their Super Bowl hopes are a bit of a stretch.
Ravens Offense Analysis
The Ravens recorded a league-high 14 victories during the regular season a year ago while also going a solid 9-7 ATS. Unfortunately, Baltimore came up short of their Super Bowl hopes by falling to Tennessee in the divisional round. Still, the Ravens saw quarterback Lamar Jackson unfurl a season for the ages by completing 66.1 percent of his passes for 3,127 yards with a stellar 36 TD passes and just six interceptions. Jackson also rushed for an NFL record 1,206 yards and seven more scores. Baltimore finished the 2019 campaign ranked second in total offense, 27t in passing and a league-best, first in rushing while also finishing first in scoring (33.2 ppg).
To address their needs on the offensive side of the ball, the Ravens re-signed veteran wide receiver Chris Moore in free agency while drafting Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins in the second round, Texas wide receiver Devin Duvernay and Mississippi tackle Tyre Phillips, both, in the third round while selecting Michigan guard Ben Bredeson in the fourth round.
Ravens Defense Analysis
As good as Baltimore was on offense last season, they were even better on defense in finishing the 2019 campaign ranked fourth overall, sixth against the pass, fifth against the run and third in points allowed (17.6 ppg). To upgrade their defense, Baltimore put their franchise tag on veteran linebacker Matthew Judon while signing defense end Derek Wolfe, defensive tackle Justin Ellis, defensive end Jihad Ward, cornerback Jimmy Smith and safety Anthony Levine. The Ravens also drafted LSU linebacker Patrick Queen with the 28th overall pick while selecting Texas A&M defensive tackle Justin Madubuike and Ohio State linebacker Malik Harrison, both in the third round.
Baltimore 2020 Overall Analysis
While I think Baltimore should have done a bit more to address their lack of talent at the wide receiver position, the fact of the matter is that the Ravens are completely loaded on both sides of the ball. If Lamar Jackson can improve even more as a passer, there’s absolutely no reason why Baltimore can’t contend to reach Super Bowl 55. Sure, they’ll have a tougher way to go in the AFC North with Ben Roethlisberger back in Pittsburgh and both, Cleveland and Cincinnati looking like they’ll be better than they were a year ago, but Baltimore is still the cream of the crop in the division and I see no way they don’t reach the postseason this coming campaign. The bottom line is that backing Baltimore to win in all in 2020 is a great wager.