Nobody wants to play the Baltimore Ravens. Despite being a wild card the AFC Playoffs, the Ravens are playing their best football– the perfect timing for them to. After being an up-and-down team for a majority of the middle of the season, Lamar Jackson has found his MVP step and they’ve run over some good teams. The demeanor has changed on this team, and Baltimore could be an interesting team to make a deep playoff run (they even began the playoffs with the third-best odds to win the AFC).
Oddsmakers never wavered this season; even when the Ravens were sitting at 0.500, they held some of the better odds to win the Super Bowl. Their defense is littered with All-Pros, many of which were acquired in the offseason. Marcus Peters, Yannick Ngakoue, and Calais Campbell have been staples in one of the most intimidating defenses in the NFL. With plenty of playoff experience under John Harbaugh’s belt, Baltimore is the team nobody wants to play.
Baltimore Ravens Divisional Round odds
Since dropping to 6-5 in Week 12 of the season, the Ravens have turned a corner. They’ve ripped off six straight wins, including a gutty win over the Titans in the Wild Card Round. They take on the hottest offense in the league in the Buffalo Bills this week in the AFC Divisional Round. The Ravens are in the game.
The formula has been straightforward for Baltimore– run the football often and effectively. The scheme, however, is not as straightforward, leading to the top rush EPA in the league and a staggering 6.9 yards per carry over their last three games (5.9 yards per carry on the season). No one’s rushed the ball more effectively than Baltimore since the 2006 Falcons and just one other team has rushed for 50% or more of their total yards (2011 Broncos). The difference between this year’s Ravens squad is the other two teams rushed for 5.5 yards per carry and 4.1 yards per carry, respectively.
There’s few teams in the NFL better-suited to defend the Ravens’ run scheme than the Bills. Buffalo is third in the NFL in run success rate allowed over their last six games. Their explosive offense, led by Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs, has forced teams into passing situations early and Buffalo hasn’t allowed a 100-yard rusher since Week 10 (Kenyan Drake). The weight falls on linebackers Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano, who grade poorly in rush defense, per PFF.
READ MORE: Bills vs. Ravens NFL Playoff Betting Preview
Ravens prop bets
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Ravens futures odds
Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl odds
With each win, their odds to win Super Bowl LV continue to climb, now sitting at +1700. Baltimore is a very interesting contender that’s worth consideration.
AFC North odds
The Baltimore Ravens have been eliminated from AFC North contention.
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|
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 -110
- Patrick Queen +450
- Kenneth Murray +1000
- Jaylon Johnson +1500
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 at 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 at Giants points total
- 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.