The Ravens missed the playoffs in a game that hosted their own destiny to end the year. Harabaugh and gang are reloaded and ready to make waves to the playoffs.
AFC NORTH DIVISION WINNERS: +400 (Bovada)
AFC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS: +2000 (Bovada)
SUPER BOWL 53 CHAMPIONS: +4000 (Bovada)
Team Win Total: O/U 8.5 (Westgate)
Week 1 vs. Buffalo (-3.5) Week 9 vs. Pittsburgh (PK)
Week 2 @ Cincinnati (PK) Week 10 BYE WEEK
Week 3 vs. Denver (-5.5) Week 11 vs. Cincinnati (-6)
Week 4 @ Pittsburgh (+6) Week 12 vs. Raiders ( -5)
Week 5 @ Cleveland (+2.5) Week 13 @ Atlanta (+3.5)
Week 6 @ Tennessee (-2.5) Week 14 @ Kansas City (-2)
Week 7 vs. New Orleans (PK) Week 15 vs. Tampa Bay (-6)
Week 8 @ Carolina (+2) Week 16 @ Los Angeles (Chargers) (+3.5)
Week 17 vs. Cleveland
The schedule looks tough but the Ravens will catch two out of division games with two pretty weak opponents at home. There is a few playoff teams they will have to beat but another 9-7 season is very realistic.
Key Team Additions and Subtractions
Additions – QB Robert Griffin III, WR Michael Crabtree, WR John Brown, and WR Willie Snead
Subtractions – RB, Danny Woodhead, RB Terrance West, WR Mike Wallace, TE Benjamin Watson, G Ryan Jensen, and T Ryan Howard
Draft – TE Hayden Hurst, QB Lamar Jackson, T Orlando Brown, TE Mark Andrews, CB Anthony Averett, LB Kenny Young, WR Jaleel Scoot, WR Jordan Lasley, S DeShon Elliott, T Greg Senat, C Bradley Bozeman, and DE Zach Sieler
Joe Flacco seemed to have lost some arm strength last season. His total yards and touchdowns was second worst in a full season since his rookie year. He didn’t have great tightend options or wideout options however.
In 15 games, Alex Collins barely missed the 1000 yard club. He was ninth in yards per attempt at 4.6. He finally got a solid look as the cow-bell back and he should improve now that there is a better pass game.
Michael Crabtree didn’t quite have the year that many expected him to have in Oakland. He still had eight touchdowns which is one shy of his career high. In his tenth year, he can still be productive. John Brown is a high upside player who has struggled with weak quarterback play the last two seasons. He could prove to be a strong pick up. Willie Snead had a rough season after being suspended he never got a chance to see the field. If he can get close to 70 receptions, he will have another solid year.
Marshal Yanda is on the PUP list which is rough. Ronnie Stanley, will be in his third year as a solid tackle. Jermaine Eluemunor was an All Rookie and should slide into Yanda’s position. This line allowed the seventh fewest sacks last season, it should take a small hit with Yanda but still a strong line. Orlando Brown looks like he could be a key contributor after a bad combine.
Even though this defense ranked 15th in the league, it only allowed three 100 yard rushers. Brandon Williams and Michael Pierce combined for one sack and that will need to improve. This team manages getting to the QB by zone blitzing from the linebackers level.
C.J. Mosley was a Second Team All Pro while Terrell Suggs continues to dominate in his 16 seasons, he managed eleven sacks. Patrick Onwuasor had over 90 tackles while Matt Judon looks like he could be a future All Pro.
This team had a league lead in interceptions and also held opponents to the second lowest passer rating in the NFL. Eric Weddle is a savvy veteran as well as Brandon Carr and Jimmy Smith. Marlon Humphrey should continue to develop and become a starter. Fellow Tide, Anthony Averett, should give the Ravens solid depth in the secondary.
Justin Tucker arguably the best kicker in the NFL, was All Pro Second Team. Chris Moors will handle both return roles and Sam Koch is back to punt.
The Ravens missed a chance at playoffs in a win and in game. They choked and then reloaded. They didn’t lose many pieces and added a ton in free agency and the draft. A sneaky strong team, the Ravens look like a playoff team yet again.
Over 8.5/AFC North Champions
This team is solid. Joe Flacco isn’t elite but he can still manage a game. With an improvement in the pass game, the run game should also excel. The defense is one of the best in the league and this team has less glaring holes than the Steelers. They may be less talented but there is huge value in winning the North.
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