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Baltimore Ravens Betting Preview 2021

Baltimore Ravens Betting Preview 2021

The Baltimore Ravens are regularly one of the NFL’s top teams, winning 10 or more games in each of the last three seasons. One of the favorites to win the AFC, Baltimore has one of the top defenses and rushing attacks in the league. Lamar Jackson is a true dual-threat quarterback and his ability to improvise a play or take off and run constantly leaves opponents guessing.

Baltimore’s John Harbaugh is the sixth-winningest active coach among those with at least five years of experience. Poised for another deep run, the Ravens are a team you can consistently bet on for winning results.

Baltimore Ravens 2021 Schedule

Week Date Opponent
Week 1 Monday, Sept, 13 at Las Vegas Raiders, 8:15 p.m. ET
Week 2 Sunday, Sept. 19 at Kansas City Chiefs, 8:20 p.m. ET
Week 3 Sunday, Sept. 26 at Detroit Lions, 1:00 p.m. ET
Week 4 Sunday, Oct. 3 at Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m. ET
Week 5 Monday, Oct. 11 at Indianapolis Colts, 8:15 p.m. ET
Week 6 Sunday, Oct. 17 at Los Angeles Chargers, 1:00 p.m. ET
Week 7 Sunday, Oct. 24 at Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 p.m. ET
Week 8 Nov. 1 Bye Week
Week 9 Sunday, Nov. 7 at Minnesota Vikings, 1:00 p.m. ET
Week 10 Sunday, Nov. 11 at Miami Dolphins, 8:20 p.m. ET
Week 11 Sunday, Nov. 21 at Chicago Bears, 1:00 p.m. ET
Week 12 Sunday, Nov. 28 at Cleveland Browns, 8:20 p.m. ET
Week 13 Sunday, Dec. 5 at Pittsburgh Steelers, 4:25 p.m. ET
Week 14 Sunday, Dec. 12 at Cleveland Browns, 1:00 p.m. ET
Week 15 Sunday, Dec. 19 at Green Bay Packers, 1:00 p.m. ET
Week 16 Sunday, Dec. 26 at Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 p.m. ET
Week 17 Sunday, Jan. 2 at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. ET

 

Beyond those games, the Ravens will start the season on Monday Night Football in Las Vegas for a showdown with the Raiders on Sept. 13. Baltimore will follow that up with a Sunday Night Football game in Week 2 against the Kansas City Chiefs. They’ll also play on Thursday Night Football in Week 10 against the Miami Dolphins.

Baltimore Ravens News & Picks

Baltimore Ravens 2020 Summary

The Ravens were out for revenge in 2020 after going 14-2 in 2019 but losing in their first playoff game at home against the Tennessee Titans. As the two-time defending AFC North champion, expectations were high for a deep postseason run.

Baltimore started strong, winning five of its first six games, but it hit a rough patch coming out of the bye week. The Ravens lost four out of five games, including two losses against the Steelers and once against the Titans.

However, the Ravens flipped the switch and won all of their remaining regular-season games. Unfortunately, those losses to Pittsburgh proved costly and Baltimore finished second in the AFC North.

Baltimore once again drew the Titans for their opening-round playoff matchup. Trailing 10-0 at the end of the first quarter, the Ravens tied things up by halftime. On the first drive after halftime, J.K Dobbins scored the go-ahead touchdown, set up by a 23-yard Jackson run on third down. Tennessee cut into the lead with a field goal, but Justin Tucker stretched the lead back to seven with a field goal of his own. Marcus Peters intercepted a Ryan Tannehill pass to ice the 20-13 win.

Next up, the Ravens traveled to Buffalo for a matchup with the Bills and they appeared to leave their good fortunes in Baltimore. Despite putting up more rushing yards, receiving yards and having more than 10 minutes more time of possession, the Ravens couldn’t find the end zone. Trailing 10-3 late in the fourth quarter, Jackson marched the Ravens down the field, but on third-and-goal from the 9-yard line, he threw a pick-six, icing a 17-3 win for the Bills.

Baltimore Ravens Key Players

Running back J.K. Dobbins should see an expanded role now that the team has moved on from Mark Ingram. While Gus Edwards may get some of the goal-line work, Dobbins will be part of a multi-faceted rushing attack.

However, offenses work best when they can balance the pass and the run. To help take pressure off the ground game, the Ravens drafted University of Minnesota receiver Rashod Bateman in the first round. Bateman hauled in 19 touchdowns in his collegiate career and was regarded as one of the best route-runners in the draft.

Defensively, keep an eye on rookie Odafe Oweh. Oweh was first-team All Big Ten Conference last year at Penn State and will play a key role as a pass-rusher after the departures of Yannick Ngakoue and Matthew Judon in the offseason.

We would also be remiss in not mentioning Tucker. He is the most accurate kicker in NFL history at 90.7 percent).

Baltimore Ravens New Additions

  • Rashod Bateman, WR (drafted in the first round)
  • Josh Oliver, TE
  • Odafe Oweh, DE (drafted in the first round)
  • Alejandro Villaneuva, OT
  • Sammy Watkins, WR
  • Kevin Zeitler, G

Baltimore Ravens Key Subtractions

  • Orlando Brown Jr., OT (signed with the Kansas City Chiefs)
  • Dez Bryant, WR (free agent)
  • D.J. Fluker, OL (signed with the Miami Dolphins)
  • Robert Griffin III, QB (free agent)
  • Mark Ingram II, RB (signed with the Houston Texans)
  • Matthew Judon, LB (signed with the New England Patriots)
  • Yannick Ngakoue, DL (signed with the Las Vegas Raiders)
  • Matt Skura, OL (signed with the Miami Dolphins)
  • Willie Snead IV (signed with the Las Vegas Raiders)

AFC North Division Outlook

The AFC North race should once again be tight and it’s likely the division once again sends three teams to the playoffs. The Ravens and Cleveland Browns can’t have much closer odds to win the division: Baltimore checks in at +125 while the Browns are +135. The Pittsburgh Steelers are +300, and the Cincinnati Bengals have the longest odds at +2500.

Baltimore’s over/under win total is 11.5 for the 2021 regular season. Cleveland is again just behind at 10.5, with Pittsburgh at 8.5 and Cincinnati at 6.5.

Baltimore Ravens Offense

In 2020, the Ravens had one of the biggest splits in calling passing plays vs run plays, heavily skewing toward the ground game. With an extremely mobile quarterback in Jackson, along with two solid running backs in Dobbins and Edwards, Baltimore loves utilizing play-action and option sets.

The receiving group is still rather thin, though that could be due to the money invested in the offensive line and the defense. Tight end Mark Andrews is the top receiving option, while Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, Sammy Watkins and Bateman will be key in stretching the field to open up the offense.

Baltimore Ravens Defense

Baltimore utilizes a 3-4 defensive scheme, giving their linebackers more flexibility in pass-rushing and in coverage. While losing Judon will hurt the team, Oweh will soon be ready to take over the pass-rushing linebacker duties. Patrick Queen and Pernell McPhee also excel in sideline-to-sideline coverage; Queen had 106 combined tackles in 2020 to lead the team.

Veteran Calais Campbell will still be a reliable part of the Ravens defense, and he’ll likely help in the development of the younger defensive players. Nose tackle Brandon Williams is back as well after having one of the best seasons in his career.

Four-time All-Pro defensive back Marcus Peters is another big-time playmaker, with four forced fumbles (two recovered), four interceptions and his first career sack a year ago.

Baltimore Ravens FAQ

What is the Baltimore Ravens’ all-time record?

Entering the 2020-21 season, the Ravens have an all-time record of 225-174-1.

Who owns the Baltimore Ravens?

Stephen J. Bisciotti is the current owner of the Baltimore Ravens.

How many Super Bowls have the Baltimore Ravens won?

The Ravens have won two Super Bowls, taking home the title in 2001 and 2013.

Who is the quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens?

Lamar Jackson is the Ravens’ starting quarterback.

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