Baltimore Ravens Betting Preview 2020

Baltimore Ravens 2020 Team Analysis and Schedule

The Baltimore Ravens enter the 2020 regular season as one of the favorites in the odds to win Super Bowl LV. Baltimore was the best team in the NFL during the 2019 regular season but failed again to get the job done in the playoffs.

Baltimore is coached by John Harbaugh, who is widely regarded as one of the best coaches in the league. The Ravens have a potent offense led by Lamar Jackson, and they counter that with one of the top defenses as well.

There are plenty of reasons why the Ravens are Super Bowl favorites, but they have plenty of competition, especially in the AFC North. Baltimore is hoping to cap off another great regular season with a Super Bowl win in 2020. 

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Baltimore Ravens 2020 Schedule 

Week Date Opponent
Week 1 Sept. 13 Cleveland Browns 
Week 2 Sept. 20 at Houston Texans
Week 3 Sept. 28 Kansas City Chiefs
Week 4 Oct. 4 at Washington Football Team
Week 5 Oct. 11 Cincinnati Bengals 
Week 6 Oct. 18 at Philadelphia Eagles
Week 7 Oct. 25 Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 8 Nov. 1 Bye Week
Week 9 Nov. 8 at Indianapolis Colts
Week 10 Nov. 15 at New England Patriots
Week 11 Nov. 22 Tennessee Titans
Week 12 Nov. 26 at Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 13 Dec. 3 Dallas Cowboys
Week 14 Dec. 14 at Cleveland Browns
Week 15 Dec. 20 Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 16 Dec. 27 New York Giants
Week 17 Jan. 3 at Cincinnati Bengals

Finishing with the best record in the NFL a season ago will present the Ravens with one of the most difficult schedules in the NFL. Not only that, but the Ravens will also see plenty of prime-time games during the 2020 regular season. They have an Over-Under of 11.5 wins this coming season in the regular-season wins odds.

Baltimore will play three straight games in primetime from week 12 through week 14, with the biggest game taking place on Thanksgiving when they travel to Pittsburgh for an evening matchup against the rival Steelers.

The other biggest game on the schedule will take place in Week 3 when they host the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs. This game will feature the last two MVP award winners and will be an offensive showdown. 

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Last Year’s History

After starting off the 2019 regular season with a record of 2-2, the Ravens rattled off 12 straight wins to finish the season with a record of 14-2, the best record in the entire NFL, earning them the number one overall seed in the AFC Playoffs.

Unfortunately, Baltimore was not able to continue their magic into the postseason, and they suffered a defeat at the hands of the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Divisional Round. The Ravens will have plenty of motivation to get back to the playoffs this season and avenge that loss.

Last season also saw the Ravens lead the NFL in rushing with close to 200 yards per game. Lamar Jackson took the league by storm in winning the MVP Award by continually delivering highlight after highlight throughout the season.  NFL sportsbook betting players can fully expect Jackson to be a nightmare for defenses once again in 2020. 

Key players

Lamar Jackson

Jackson threw 36 touchdown passes to just six interceptions a season ago, but his greatest strength was his running ability. Jackson led the team with 1,206 rushing yards, and set records for most rushing yards by a quarterback in multiple categories. The reigning MVP will be looking for another monster year in 2020 as defenses try to find a way to slow him down. It’s almost impossible to stop Jackson due to his mobility combined with his ability to finesse the deep ball. You have to respect both the QB option as well as Jackson’s ability to escape the pocket. But if you pour too many resources in the box, Jackson will simply beat you over the top. 

Mark Ingram

Even though Lamar Jackson led the team in rushing yards, Ingram is the clear leader in the backfield. The former New Orleans Saints star ran for over 1,000 yards in 2019, and racked up 15 touchdowns. Alongside Jackson’s aforementioned mobility, Ingram’s own skills make the Ravens’ QB option the deadliest in the league. Ingram is poised for another big year behind an extremely talented offensive line.

Matthew Judon

The defense has been a staple in Baltimore over the last decade, and that was the case again in 2019. Matthew Judon was the leader, racking up 9.5 sacks while being the quarterback of that unit. The Ravens are loaded with terrific defensive players, but Judon stands out above the rest. 

New additions 

The biggest addition to the Baltimore Ravens in 2020 comes in the form of defensive end Calais Campbell. Campbell had 21.5 sacks over the last three years as a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars, and he was a Pro Bowl selection in each of those seasons. 

 

The Ravens also brought in LS Nick Moore from the Tampa Bay Vipers, an XFL team. DE Derek Wolf, a former Bronco, was picked up via Free Agency. Same applies to ILB Jake Ryan, former Green Bay Packer. 

As if the rushing attack wasn’t already potent enough, the Ravens selected running back J.K. Dobbins out of Ohio State in the 2020 NFL Draft. The former Buckeye won first-team All-American honors in 2019. Dobbins will be able to help Ingram at times, but can also help in the passing game. Baltimore also selected wide receiver Devin Duvernay out of Texas and he could make a huge impact right away. 

Key subtractions

Even though the Ravens appeared to have a great offseason, they will still enter 2020 without two key players.

Defensive tackle Michael Pierce was lost to free agency, and that leaves a big hole on the defensive line. Baltimore was able to add some pieces to fill the void, but Pierce will be hard to replace.

The offense will also be without guard Marshal Yanda after he announced his retirement. Yanda was a big part of the running attack for Baltimore, and he will be missed. 

Divisional outlook

The Baltimore Ravens enter 2020 as the clear favorite in the AFC North, but they will still have their work cut out for them. All three teams in the division are expected to be much improved this season, and their rivals will be out to knock them off.

Pittsburgh will likely be the biggest challenger this season, but the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns appear set for a huge improvement. The Ravens are still the overwhelming favorites to win the AFC North, but it won’t be as easy as it was in 2019. 

Baltimore Ravens Defense 

The Ravens wielded a tremendous defense in 2019 and are hoping to be as dominant in 2020. They finished 3rd in points allowed, 6th in passing yards allowed and 7th in rushing yards allowed. If Baltimore can put up similar numbers this time around, they shouldn’t have a hard time being a dominant force in the conference. 

The addition of Pro Bowler Calais Campbell should help this defense maintain the level of dominance they displayed in 2019. 

Baltimore’s defense was No. 1 in the league for time on the field. Considering who they have on the other side of the ball, they should achieve high-marks here once again. 

Baltimore Ravens Offense 

You know you’ve had a good offense year when your quarterback takes home AP NFL MVP honors. In doing so, Jackson became the second player to win the award unanimously. Not only did the second-year quarterback lead the NFL in touchdown passes (36), he also set an NFL record for most rushing yards in a season by a quarterback. 

So what can fans expect out of Jackson and Baltimore’s offense in 2020? After all, we’ve seen teams have a breakout season in a single year but then struggle to duplicate it. The Rams were one of the strongest offenses in the NFL in 2018. Yet the following year they were one loss away from sitting at .500 and failed to make the postseason. The Panthers were an offensive powerhouse in 2015 but have never come close to duplicating those results. 

Something about Jackson and the Ravens’ situation, in general, seems different. Anyone who’s seen Jackson play knows that his mobility is ungodly. Barring some injury, Baltimore should be able to pick up right where they left off offensively.

Team FAQ

What is the Baltimore Ravens’ all-time record?

214-169-1

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 2 Super Bowls thus far in franchise history (2000, 2012)

Who is the quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens?

Lamar Jackson

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