Team Report - Baltimore Ravens
|Ravens Fall 34-17 Against Cincinnati - Game Recap|
|Baltimore Falls 41-7 to Patriots - Recap|
|Baltimore Defeats Detroit 18-16 - Recap|
|No Injuries to Report|
|No Trends to Report|
|No Transactions to Report|
|LAST 5 GAMES|
|Game Date||Result||Line||Total||ATS Result||OU Result|
|Dec 29, 2013||Lost 34-17 @ Cincinn@i||7||42.5||L||O|
|Dec 22, 2013||Lost 41-7 vs New England||1||45.5||L||O|
|Dec 16, 2013||Won 18-16 @ Detroit||4.5||49||W||U|
|Dec 8, 2013||Won 29-26 vs Minnesota||-6||41.5||L||O|
|Nov 28, 2013||Won 22-20 vs Pittsburgh||-3||40.5||L||O|
|Offensive Total Yards||307.38||29|
|Offensive Rush Yards||83.00||30|
|Offensive Passing Yards||224.38||18|
|Average Score For||20.00||25|
|Defensive Total Yards||335.50||12|
|Defensive Rush Yards||105.44||10|
|Defensive Passing Yards||230.06||12|
|Average Score Against||22.00||11|
Baltimore ended a 1-4 SU and ATS skid with a perfect 4-0 SU and ATS run in the playoffs last season, fuelled on defense by the return of Ray Lewis and fuelled on offense by a near-perfect performance from Joe Flacco. But in the matter of just one offseason, the Ravens’ roster has been completely turned upside down, with key players on both sides of the ball making their way out of town. Flacco became one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in NFL history this offseason, and will have to earn that contract while keeping his team afloat through these dramatic personnel changes.
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
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
2012 Baltimore Ravens Schedule (All time Eastern)
01 Sep 10 CIN @ BAL (M&T Bank Stadium 7:00pm ESPN)
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
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 Bovada as of August 30:
2011 Baltimore Ravens Schedule (All times Eastern)
01 Sep 11 PIT @ BAL (M&T Bank Stadium 1:00pm CBS)