Baltimore Ravens High Hopes for 2021-2022
In their 13th season under long-time head coach John Harbaugh, the 2020 Baltimore Ravens went 11-5, finishing second in the AFC North behind the Steelers. Lamar Jackson secured his first career playoff win over the Tennessee Titans in the Wild Card round, but Baltimore was eliminated by Buffalo the next week. Jackson didn’t quite have a season like his MVP campaign in 2019, but still finished with a completion percentage above 60% and rushed for over 1,000 yards.
The 2020 Ravens went 10-5-1 against the spread, finishing the regular season with six straight covers. In terms of over/unders, Baltimore went 7-9 if you bet on them and backed their totals.
Baltimore lost edge rushers Matt Judon and Yannick Ngakoue in free agency but added four-time Pro Bowler Justin Houston. The area the Ravens have really improved in this offseason is by improving their offensive line. GM Eric DeCosta went out and signed right tackles Ja’Wuan James and Alejandro Villanueva, plus right guard Kevin Zeitler.
The Ravens drafted receiver Rashod Bateman in the first round, and also added Sammy Watkins who’s a former first-round pick of his own. This will give Lamar Jackson more options through the air, as he heavily relied on Marquise Brown and tight end Mark Andrews in 2020. Gus Edwards will look to fill the void left by the season-ending injury to J.K. Dobbins in the backfield. The Ravens could take a running back by committee approach since veteran running back Mark Ingram signed with the Texans in the spring.
Action 247 Sportsbook has the Ravens over/under for wins this season set at 11.5. Baltimore is favored to win the NFC South at +120, and are listed at +1300 to win Super Bowl 56. Only the Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Buffalo Bills have better odds to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.
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