The biggest story for the 2019 Baltimore Ravens was the emergence of superstar Lamar Jackson, capped off by a well-deserved MVP award. Jackson redefined the quarterback position by shredding defenses on the ground while posting astonishingly efficient passing numbers.
Jackson’s durability surprised teams and analysts alike, proving that the best athlete on the field can be the quarterback. The Ravens raced to a 14-2 regular season, but were bounced by the Cinderella story Tennessee Titans in the AFC Divisional Round and Jackson missed on the elusive first playoff win once again.
All the core pieces are back, plus a haul of defensive stars from free agency, and the Ravens are unquestionably one of the favorites to make a run at the Super Bowl. Baltimore was scary, and they’ll continue to be scary. The giant of the AFC North is here to stay.
This page will provide a breakdown of where and how to bet on the Ravens in the upcoming season, as well as the resources to start formulating your picks.
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Baltimore Ravens 2020 schedule and betting odds
|Week||Date (Time)||Time||Opponent||Opening Spread
|1||Sunday, Sept. 13||1:00 ET||vs. Cleveland||Ravens -9
|2||Sunday, Sept. 20|
|4:25 ET||at Houston||Ravens -6
|3||Monday, Sept. 28||8:15 ET||vs. Kansas City||Ravens -1
|4||Sunday, Oct. 4||1:00 ET||at Washington ||Ravens -13
|5||Sunday, Oct. 11||1:00 ET||vs. Cincinnati||Ravens -16.5
|6||Sunday, Oct. 18||1:00 ET||at Philadelphia||Ravens -2.5
|7||Sunday, Oct. 25 ||1:00 ET||vs. Pittsburgh||Ravens -8
|9||Sunday, Nov. 8||1:00 ET||at Indianapolis||Ravens -5
|10||Sunday, Nov. 15||8:20 ET||at New England||Ravens -3.5
|11||Sunday, Nov. 22||1:00 ET||vs. Tennessee||Ravens -9.5
|12||Thursday, Nov. 26||8:20 ET||at Pittsburgh||Ravens -3.5
|13||Thursday, Dec. 3||8:20 ET||vs. Dallas||Ravens -6.5
|14||Monday, Dec. 14||8:15 ET||at Cleveland||Ravens -6
|15||Sunday, Dec. 20||1:00 ET||vs. Jacksonville||Ravens -18
|16||Sunday, Dec. 20||1:00 ET||vs. NY Giants||Ravens -12.5
|17||Sunday, Jan. 2||1:00 ET||at Cincinnati||TBD
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Baltimore Ravens futures odds
Super Bowl odds
Previous to free agency, the Ravens held +800 odds to win Super Bowl LV. After making several high-profile moves, those odds moved favorably for the team to +700 per DraftKings. Those odds are second best in the NFL behind defending champion Kansas City. The Ravens sit just ahead of runners-up San Francisco and more distantly ahead of Tampa Bay and New Orleans.
A $10 bet on Baltimore at those odds would result in a total payout of $80 ($70 in winnings, plus the initial $10 bet back). Since 2013, just two teams outside the preseason top-three in odds to win the Super Bowl have won. Using this information with the roster and schedule of the Ravens, Baltimore makes an intriguing bet to be Super Bowl LV champions.
AFC North odds
The Ravens opened as -200 favorites to win a loaded AFC North. The Steelers sit in second, followed by the Browns and the distant Bengals. In a division that has arguably the most talented rosters, Baltimore sits atop them all, especially after another successful offseason. With the current odds, a bettor would need to wager $200 in order to win $100 if betting on the Ravens. A $10 bet would result in just $5 in winnings ($15 total payout). Until better odds are available, the Ravens might not make the best bet.
Ravens win total
After a wildly successful year, the Ravens were given an implied win total of 11 (second most in the NFL behind Kansas City at 11.5) per DraftKings Sportsbook. This means Vegas projects the Ravens to finish the regular season with an 11-5 record. Bettors who think the Ravens will finish 12-4 or better would bet over 11 (-110); those who think Baltimore will finish 10-6 or worse would take under 11 (-110). Both of these bets have a payout of $210 on a $110 bet ($100 in winnings). The $10 difference is referred to as the “vig” and acts as a payout for the oddsmaker. If the Ravens finish exactly 11-5, all bettors receive their bet amount back, known as a “push.”
Ravens player props
Lamar Jackson posted ridiculous numbers last season, and some might be considered unsustainable. For the upcoming season, Jackson is projected by sportsbooks to pass for 26.5 touchdowns and 3,250.5 yards. These over/under marks are known as player props and bettors would consider if they think he will pass for more or less than 26.5 touchdowns (same for passing yards). If Jackson passes for 27 or more touchdowns in the 2020 regular season, those who bet the over (-110) would receive a total payout of $19.09 on a $10 bet ($9.09 in winnings).
More player props will emerge as the offseason progresses. Possible examples of these could be Lamar Jackson rushing yards, Mark Ingram rushing touchdowns, and Marquise Brown receiving yards.
How to bet on the Ravens
Futures are long-term bets that can range from an offseason to a full season (or beyond). Team win totals, award winners, and player performance are common futures. For example:
Odds to win NFL DROY
- Chase Young +200
- Isaiah Simmons +500
- Patrick Queen +900
- Kenneth Murray +1100
This line for the Defensive Rookie of the Year would often be bet before the season starts. Futures allow for bettors to capitalize on players they think are favorites to win awards long before the odds shift away from their favor. For example, Queen opened with odds of +900 to win the DROY award after the NFL Draft; his odds will shift as the season develops based on his performance for the Ravens defense.
The moneyline is the simplest of bets, decided by the straight-up winner and loser of each game. Consider the following example:
- Ravens -185
- Panthers +310
The Ravens are considered heavy favorites in this matchup (indicated by -185), requiring a $185 bet to win $100 (plus the initial bet back). The Panthers are the underdog in this matchup, paying out $410 total for a $100 bet ($310 in winnings). How much either team wins or loses by does not matter in moneyline betting, the payout remains the same.
Betting on the point spread is determinant on how many points a team wins or loses by. Take the following example:
- Ravens -6.5 (-110)
- Dolphins +6.5 (-110)
In this example, Baltimore is favored by 6.5 points, indicated by “-6.5.” If the Ravens win the game 27-20, the Ravens (-6.5) win the bet and would have a total payout of $19.09 on a $10 bet ($9.09 in profit). If the Dolphins keep the game within seven and lose 23-17, the Dolphins (+6.5) would win, and the payout would be the same as listed above.
Betting the total removes winners and losers and focuses on the total amount of points scored by one or both of the teams instead. For example:
Browns @ Ravens point total
- O 34.5 (-110)
- U 34.5 (-110)
If the final score from this game adds up to 35 or more, then those who bet over 34.5 (-110) would win, with a total payout of $19.09 on a $10 bet ($9.09 in winnings). If the final score were to be 20-14 or any iteration adding up to less than 35 points scored, the under 34.5 (-110) would win, with the same payout as above. Rarely are over/under totals whole numbers to avoid pushes.
Point totals can also land on individual teams. Consider the following example:
Ravens point total @ New York Giants
O 24.5 (-110)
U 24.5 (-110)
If the Ravens score 25 or more against the Giants, the over would win with a total payout of $19.09 on a $10 bet ($9.09 in winnings). If they fail to score 25 points, then the under would win with the same payout as above.
Totals do not rely on point spreads, so Baltimore could win 35-0 or lose 35-0 in the first example, and those who bet the over would still win.
Prop betting varies widely, but more commonly relies on individual performance by a player or team. For example:
Lamar Jackson passing TDs vs Buccaneers
- Over 2 (-110)
- Under 2 (-110)
If Jackson passes for three or more touchdowns against the Buccaneers, the over prop bet would win, with a total payout of $19.09 on a $10 bet ($9.09 in winnings). If he fails to pass for at least two touchdowns, then the under prop would win with the same payout.
Props can range from total award voting and season interceptions to how long the last note of the National Anthem lasts. It removes game outcomes and upsets from the equation and instead allows for bettors to get excited about individual performances.
Many platforms allow live betting during games. A common usage of in-play betting can be to move off earlier bets made or a quick-reaction cash out for those looking for a thrill. For example, if a bettor took Arizona (+310) to beat the Ravens, but Baltimore leads 31-0 at the half, a bettor could recover some of the lost money by accepting the Ravens -500 at halftime.
Another usage of live betting that can be beneficial is comebacks. On the other side, if Baltimore is down 17-0 at the half, but a bettor sees opportunity for a comeback, putting $10 on Baltimore at +350 odds would result in a $45 total payout on $10 ($35 in winnings) as opposed to a $19.09 payout pregame (assuming Ravens were -110).
Ravens 2019 recap
Talk about overachievers– the Ravens exceeded their projected win total by half a dozen. Lamar Jackson lit the league on fire, earning the league MVP award behind one of the highest regular-season passer ratings in NFL history (113.3, 11th all-time). His ludicrous 9% passing touchdown rate is the second highest since 1976 and highest since 2004 (Peyton Manning, 9.9%). Jackson also added over 1,200 yards on the ground– an NFL record. Mark Ingram had a rebound year after departing the Saints, scoring a career-high 15 combined touchdowns. Tight end Mark Andrews also had an incredible year, leading the team in targets, receptions, receiving yards, and was second in the NFL in receiving touchdowns.
While the offense led the league in points scored per game, the defense ranked third in points allowed per game at 17.6. Opponents failed to rush or pass on the Ravens’ defense, even holding teams like Houston and the Los Angeles Rams to a single score. They didn’t just stuff opponents– Baltimore forced multiple turnovers in nine games this past season. They were the epitome of a balanced team, but were held in check in the AFC Divisional Round, where the Titans shut down the offense and won 28-12.
There’s unfinished business in Baltimore, and the crew is back to make another run at the Super Bowl. Similar to Kansas City’s untimely end to their 2018 season, will there be anyone who can stop the Ravens’ second run in 2020-21? Teams will be scrambling to figure out Lamar Jackson and put a halt on the Ravens’ unstoppable offense.
Ravens 2020 offseason moves
Key re-signings: Jihad Ward, DT (one year); Jimmy Smith, CB (one year, $6 million); Anthony Levine, S (one year); Chris Moore, WR (terms undisclosed)
Key trade acquisition: Calais Campbell, DE (from JAC)
Key trade departure: Hayden Hurst, TE (to ATL)
Key restricted free agent tender: Matt Skura, C (original first-round tender)
Key free agent losses: Seth Roberts, WR (to CAR); Michael Pierce, DT (to MIN); Patrick Onwuasor, LB (to NYJ); Josh Bynes, LB (to CIN)
Key free-agent signings: Derek Wolfe, DE (from DEN); Jake Ryan, LB (from JAC); D.J. Fluker, OG (from SEA)
Key draft picks: Patrick Queen, LB (1st round); J.K. Dobbins, RB (2nd round); Devin Duvernay, WR (3rd round)
Did anyone have a better offseason than Baltimore? Landing Calais Campbell and Derek Wolfe added two studs to an already formidable defense. By franchise-tagging Matt Judon, the Ravens are showing they are in win-now mode and mean business. One of the NFL’s best front offices flexed their muscles yet again and will look to repeat their 14-2 season. Offensive talent was addressed in the draft with the additions of Dobbins and Duvernay.