Baltimore Ravens 2016 Team Report and Odds
Posted by: Charlie Smith
Last Season Recap
Last NFL betting season the Baltimore Ravens let down many fans who bet on NFL – as well as Peter King of Sports Illustrated – by not only not reaching the Super Bowl but also finishing the regular season with a mediocre 5-11 record which was not enough to get them to the playoffs. Though to be honest, they were as riddled with injuries as the Phoenix Suns were in the NBA. Twenty-and-two Ravens finished the season – or rather didn’t finish it – on Injured Reserve, including Justin Forsett, Steve Smith, Sr., Terrell Suggs, and starting quarterback Joe Flacco. In the end, it was Baltimore’s first losing season in the Harbaugh–Flacco.
The 2016 season will the 21st for the Ravens in the NFL and the 9th under head coach John Harbaugh. Baltimore selected offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley as the 6th overall pick in the first round of the draft. In the ensuing rounds they selected outside linebacker Kamalei Correa, defensive end Bronson Kaufusi, cornerback Tavon Young, wide receiver Chris Moore, offensive tackle Alex Lewis, defensive end Matt Judon, and QB/WR Keenan Reynolds as well as compensatory selections defensive tackle Willie Henry, running back Kenneth Dixon, and cornerback Maurice Canady.
What to Expect
NFL betting fans who follow the Ravens can look forward to Flacco staying with the team for at least 3 more seasons, having agreed to a contract extension on March 2nd. And while the 31 year old hopes to be ready for the new season – and the coaching staff must be keeping their fingers crossed in light of backup QB Ryan Mallet’s hit-and-miss performance during OTAs –, a healthy Joe Flacco is not necessarily a guarantee of success. After all, the QB suffered his season-ending ACL and MCL injury on Week 11, at which point Baltimore had a lackluster 3-7 record. Sure, the Ravens were only eliminated from playoffs contention on Week 14, on Jimmy Clausen’s watch, but still, Flacco’s performance prior to his injury was less than stellar – a has been pretty much the case since winning the Super Bowl in 2012. And the same could be said of the rest of the team, whose inflated contracts have forced management to let important figures go. For example, the Ravens traded Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers in 2013 because the receiver refused to take a pay cut – a pay cut meant to accommodate the salary cap that has been seriously threatened by money owed to Flacco, Lardarius Webb, and others. To compound the problem, Baltimore has failed to make good draft picks – the foundation of any successful team, as the 2012 Ravens proved – as of late. Fortunately for them, their 2016 rookie class is very highly regarded, especially Ronnie Stanley, who has the potential to become the best overall player in the 2016 NFL Draft, as well as the more balanced – which is exactly what the Ravens need considering their investment on Flacco.
Odds to win Super Bowl LI: +3250