Baltimore Ravens 2012-2013 Season Odds
The Ravens made the playoffs for the fourth straight year last season, but first as AFC north champion. The Ravens finished tied atop the division with the Steelers at 12-4, but won the tie-breaker thanks to their perfect 6-0 record within the division. The Ravens playoff run ended in the AFC Championship game after losing to New England.
Odds to Win AFC North: +130
Regular Season Win Total: 10 (Over +155)
Props: NFL MVP Ray Rice 25/1
The Ravens are known for their bruising defense and they lived up to their reputation last season ranking third in the league after allowing 288.9 yards per game. Baltimore was equally strong on both sides of the ball last season, ranking second (92.6 yards per game) against the run and fourth (196.3 yards per game) against the pass.
The Ravens defense remains mostly intact with their high-profile veterans, Ray Lewis and Ed Reed leading the way. One tremendous loss for the Ravens this season is linebacker Terrell Suggs. He recorded a team-high 14 sacks last season but is expected to miss the entire year after tearing his Achilles.
The Baltimore offense had a somewhat disappointing season a year ago after quarterback Joe Flacco took a bit of a step back. For the first time in his career Flacco's numbers failed to improve over the previous season. Does that mean he's hit his peak or did he regress last season? Flacco's receiving corps continues to be led by Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith and they also added Jacoby Jones.
The running game remains in the hands of Ray Rice. He was second in rushing last season with 1364 yards and he was also a reliable receiver with more than 700 yard receiving.
The Ravens should challenge for the AFC North title again, but their defense deserves watching with their star getting up there in age and Suggs surely to be missed.
AFC North Odds at Bovada as of August 20
Baltimore Ravens +130
Pittsburgh Steelers +125
Cincinnati Bengals +400
Cleveland Browns +2000
2012 Baltimore Ravens Schedule (All time Eastern)
01 Sep 10 CIN @ BAL (M&T Bank Stadium 7:00pm ESPN)
02 Sep 16 BAL @ PHI (Lincoln Financial Field 1:00pm CBS)
03 Sep 23 NE @ BAL (M&T Bank Stadium 8:20pm NBC)
04 Sep 27 CLE @ BAL (M&T Bank Stadium 8:20pm NFL)
05 Oct 7 BAL @ KC (Arrowhead Stadium 1:00pm CBS)
06 Oct 14 DAL @ BAL (M&T Bank Stadium 1:00pm FOX)
07 Oct 21 BAL @ HOU (Reliant Stadium 1:00pm CBS)
09 Nov 4 BAL @ CLE (Cleveland Browns Stadium 1:00pm CBS)
10 Nov 11 OAK @ BAL (M&T Bank Stadium 1:00pm CBS)
11 Nov 18 BAL @ PIT (Heinz Field 8:20pm NBC)
12 Nov 25 BAL @ SD (Qualcomm Field 4:05pm CBS)
13 Dec 2 PIT @ BAL (M&T Bank Stadium 4:25pm CBS)
14 Dec 9 BAL @ WAS (FedExField 1:00pm CBS)
15 Dec 16 DEN @ BAL (M&T Bank Stadium 1:00pm CBS)
16 Dec 23 NYG @ BAL (M&T Bank Stadium 1:00pm FOX)
17 Dec 30 BAL @ CIN (Paul Brown Stadium 1:00pm CBS)
Baltimore Ravens 2011-2012 Season Odds Preview
For each of the last three years, Baltimore has had to hit the road in the playoffs as a Wild Card team after finishing in second place in the AFC North. Last year they matched Pittsburgh’s 12-4 record, but lost the division title on a tiebreaker.
This year, Baltimore should once again be one of the AFC’s elite teams. They’ve built an offense over the last few years to go with their fearsome defense, and enter each year as a legitimate Super Bowl contender. Will this be the year they top Pittsburgh and win their first AFC North title since 2006?
Odds to Win AFC North: +120
Regular Season Win Total: Over 10.5 (+100)
Props: MVP Odds Joe Flacco 25/1
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Known more for their bruising defense and running game over the last decade, quarterback Joe Flacco has given the Ravens a legitimate passing attack over the last three seasons, improving on his passing yards and touchdown totals each year.
The Ravens lost Derrick Mason and Todd Heap this offseason, but Flacco will still have Anquan Boldin and newly signed Lee Evans to target.
Baltimore’s running game will still center around Ray Rice, but Ricky Williams was brought in as an upgrade to his departed backup, Willis McGahee.
Ray Lewis and Ed Reed once again lead one of the league’s toughest defenses. Baltimore ranked fifth against the run last season (93.9 yards per game) and third in overall scoring defense (allowing just 16.9 points per game).
The only slight weakness in Baltimore’s defense was against the pass, in which the Ravens surrendered 224.9 yards per game. This was in part due to the fact that teams often trailed and couldn’t run on Baltimore, but the Ravens still addressed the issue with their first round pick, cornerback Jimmy Smith out of Colorado.
Strong on both sides of the ball, there is little doubt that Baltimore should be playoff bound. The only question is whether or not they can top the Steelers, who are also a well-rounded team with an outstanding defense. It should be a great battle right to the end of the season, and Baltimore would love to earn a home game in the playoffs.
Week 1: vs. Pittsburgh
AFC North Odds at Bodog as of August 30:
Pittsburgh Steelers -110
Baltimore Ravens +120
Cleveland Browns +800
Cincinnati Bengals +1800
2011 Baltimore Ravens Schedule (All times Eastern)
01 Sep 11 PIT @ BAL (M&T Bank Stadium 1:00pm CBS)
02 Sep 18 BAL @ TEN (LP Field 1:00pm CBS)
03 Sep 25 BAL @ STL (Edward Jones Dome 4:05pm CBS)
04 Oct 02 NYJ @ BAL (M&T Bank Stadium 8:20pm NBC)
06 Oct 16 HOU @ BAL (M&T Bank Stadium 4:05pm CBS)
07 Oct 24 BAL @ JAC (EverBank Field 8:30pm ESPN)
08 Oct 30 ARI @ BAL (M&T Bank Stadium 1:00pm FOX)
09 Nov 06 BAL @ PIT (Heinz Field 8:20pm NBC)
10 Nov 13 BAL @ SEA (CenturyLink Field 4:05pm CBS)
11 Nov 20 CIN @ BAL (M&T Bank Stadium 1:00pm CBS)
12 Nov 24 SF @ BAL (M&T Bank Stadium 8:20pm NFLN)
13 Dec 04 BAL @ CLE (Cleveland Browns Stadium 1:00pm CBS)
14 Dec 11 IND @ BAL (M&T Bank Stadium 1:00pm CBS)
15 Dec 18 BAL @ SD (Qualcomm Stadium 8:20pm NBC)
16 Dec 24 CLE @ BAL (M&T Bank Stadium 1:00pm CBS)
17 Jan 01 BAL @ CIN (Paul Brown Stadium 1:00pm CBS)