When the Ravens began training camp a month ago, every facet of the passing offense faced legitimate questions.
Will Joe Flacco feel the effects of ACL surgery? Can an inexperienced left side of the offensive line come together? What is Steve Smith’s timeline for returning from Achilles surgery? How much does Mike Wallace have left? Can Dennis Pitta still play? Less than two weeks before the regular season begins, many of these questions have been answered in a positive way.
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Baltimore is coming off their worst season since 2006 and their first losing season since John Harbaugh took over as head coach. This is an aging club who broke down due to injuries in 2015.
Add veteran receiver Steve Smith Sr. to the list of players returning from a season-ending injury. Smith played in just five games last season, but surprised everyone and rewarded fantasy owners when he put up 137 or more receiving yards in three of the games.
With its vets back in the mix, they could return to the winning ways of the Harbaugh era, or the wheels could once again fall off if they can’t bounce back from an injury-riddled 2015. The risk is certainly worth the reward for this club though, as they offer excellent value in futures markets. Next let’s see some of the average lines on the online betting sites for football.
SUPER BOWL +4000 AND AFC TITLE +1800
If Baltimore can make it to the dance, watch out. They have a 10-5 playoff record under Harbaugh and have never had a one-and-done playoff appearance. So then, the questions becomes — can they make the playoffs? They’ve only missed the playoffs twice in Harbaugh’s eight seasons as head coach and never in back-to-back seasons. Also, the AFC North has produced at least one wild card team in seven of the last eight seasons, so if you’re not feeling the Steelers or Bengals this season, you should probably plug the Ravens in as one of your six AFC playoff teams.
Of course, they’ve only won the AFC title and Super Bowl once in the last eight years, but that was as a wild card team. There’s definitely a lot of ‘ifs’ around this team, but their price tag in both markets is reasonable given their past success and experience.
Since John Harbaugh took over in 2008, the Ravens have gone over 8.5 wins six times. We know last year they were ravaged by injuries and won just five games, but they’ve averaged 9.6 wins per season under Harbaugh. Taking a look at their schedule, they’ll have an excellent opportunity to rack up some wins early, as the only 2015 playoff team they’ll face in the first seven weeks is the Redskins. After the bye, the have a handful of winnable games vs. the Browns, Cowboys, Dolphins and Eagles. Overall they have eight games vs. teams who had losing records in 2015. Given these factors, are you going for over or under? You’re your prediction on the best online betting site for football Sign up now at heritagesports.eu