NFL Division Odds: Baltimore Ravens Not Worth the Bet
- Updated: July 25, 2014
The latest odds for the Baltimore Ravens to win the AFC North as posted by BetDSI sportsbook are +240. BetDSI is one of the most trustworthy sportbooks to wager on football. They currently have posted odds for every team in the league to win the division as well as win totals for the upcoming season. Sign up today and see why BetDSI is the best online betting portal to bet on the National Football League and the Baltimore Ravens.
The Ravens have a lot of work to do if they want to return to the top of the football world. The Ravens biggest splash of the season was on offense as they managed to snag veteran wide receiver Steve Smith from the Carolina Panthers. Smith will be an automatic upgrade and will be the go-to-guy in an offense that needed more weapons.
They failed to address an issue on the offensive line that could come back to haunt them. The Ravens are going with Rick Wagner as their starting right tackle and that is installing a lot of trust into a guy that is a fifth-round pick who has a career total of 131 snaps on offense. If Wagner struggles, the Ravens can either sign veteran free agent Eric Winston or move left guard Kelechi Osemele to right tackle but will have some adjustments to make after they failed to resign Michael Oher.
The Ravens lost more key players in free agency. The Ravens lost five starters in free agency: Oher, defensive tackle Art Jones, linebacker Jameel McClain, safety James Ihedigbo and tight end Ed Dickson. But the hardest player to replace is going to be Corey Graham, the third cornerback who bolted to the Buffalo Bills in free agency. The team did do a solid job of drafting top players, but those picks focused on defense.
However it was noted by many experts that the Ravens used their draft picks to focus on players instead of positional need.
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The real area of concern will be the offense and most notably the running game. Ray Rice was on the horrible last season out of the backfield as he averaged 3.1 yards per carry and just 4 touchdowns, and that was before he was arrested in February on simple assault-domestic violence charges. He is getting older and will not provide help to an offense that is going to struggle in a division dominated by defense.
The Ravens will have a good enough defense to keep them in the playoff hunt but a tough start to the season with a demanding schedule, will make it tough for them to make the post season. The Ravens will sputter on offense and the end result will be a third place finish in the AFC North.