Odds makers once again not in love with the Ravens


The early betting odds are out for the 2013 NFL season, and the defending champion Baltimore Ravens failed to get much love from the books in Las Vegas.

Despite winning the Super Bowl and revamping their defense, the Ravens aren’t even projected to finish with the most wins in their division in 2013.

Two odds makers set the over/under for Ravens wins in 2013 to 9 and 8.5.

Now, that could be realistic, as while the Ravens appear to have a more talented roster than last year on paper, there’s still an unknown of whether or not the team will have the dreaded Super Bowl hangover. Pair that with every opposing team having an added motive to beat the reigning champions and the Ravens could struggle in 2013.

They did only win 10 games in the regular season in 2012, so maybe the odds makers aren’t so crazy after all.

However, the Pittsburgh Steelers are the current favorites in the division, with win totals set at 9.5 and 9, slightly above the Ravens. For a team that struggled last season, lost just as many talented players as the Ravens without replacing them like the Ravens did, and had a disconnect on the offensive end, isn’t it “odd” that they’re receiving the AFC North love?

It sure seems like it.

If the odds makers were going to pick a non-Ravens team to have the most wins, maybe the Cincinnati Bengals would be a better choice, but they have the exact same projections as the Ravens.

Of course, the Cleveland Browns have the worst wins projections in the division, with over/unders of 5.5 and 6, which might actually be too low for an underrated Browns team.

Three teams that the Ravens beat in the playoffs last season all have considerably better projections. The Denver Broncos have projected win totals of 11 and 11.5 and the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers stand at 11.5 and 11.5, tied for the best projected win totals.

It’s not that the projections for the Ravens are necessarily too low, it’s just that they’re pretty far off from teams that they are perfectly capable of beating and possibility finishing with a better record than.

Maybe the Ravens regress in 2013, but it’s highly likely that the Ravens will finish with more than 10 wins, with 12 being the best-case scenario.

While all of this is just predictions in May, it’s just further proof that the Ravens simply can’t please anyone in the public eye. Winning a Super Bowl just hasn’t carried as much weight for the Ravens as it has for previous champions.

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13 Raves on “Odds makers once again not in love with the Ravens

  1. Earl from the Russell Tavern on said:

    Thats fine, They are wrong most of the time anyway. We like beeing the underdogs. But come season time we will see ” Who Let The Dogs Out “

  2. Kyle on said:

    I don’t think the NFL nation, nor Vegas understands this. They seem to think that this makes us uncomfortable. On the contrary, we would be nervous if we were favored. This is the way we like it, you know, making everyone look like fools. GO Ravens!

  3. Boldin Raver on said:

    1. Oz said he would address the middle of the D and he got Canty and Spears and drafted Williams, who next to Ngata will DOMINATE! (and be the #1 difference over last year’s D with it’s runner’s freeway).
    2. A now-healthy Suggs and Doom crashing from the outside. Name a better pass rush? And pass rushing and edge-setting situational depth with mad potential: Upshaw, McPhee, Simon, Hamilton, MacAdoo … Seriously. This combination of heaviest-in-the NFL and physical D-line with that outside skillset combination of strength, intelligence, speed and experience is going to be fun to watch!
    3. Webb, Smith is emerging and what’s not to like about Corey Graham in the corners … am I just declaring this elite because of my fandom blinders? Really?
    4. Elam, Huff, Ihedigbo, Brown and (Thompson after four weeks). Admitedly a little wait and see there, but I don’t see Ravens falling below center mass in safeties. After all, what does Oz know about picking talented safeties?
    5. Middle linebackers: Well that’s the question … filling that giant GOAT-hole. Well, the way I look at it is, the Ravens have been feeding the rest of the NFL with low draft picks it turned into superstars for a while. It can do some self-feeding. Bynes, Brown, McLellan, McLain, Hall maybe Simon, maybe some situational committee work but the bottom line is will the speed gained match the wisdom lost. Probably not, but it will be close.
    Harbaugh said the defense is going to surprise people. I believe him, and we get, essentailly, the Super Bowl Offense returning and saying, “wut, Ravens are known for defense?!”
    The football teams that play the Ravens don’t overlook them. They haven’t been for years. I just can’t figure out how these experts miss so badly. Sometimes all that’s required is a few minutes of actully reading something other than other pundits who repeat the same narrative.

    • Fernando on said:

      All that talent leads me to think that coach Pees gotta be veeeeery happy right now. Oh-boy, just to think about what it can become is scary!

  4. Raneman on said:

    Weren’t the Ravens the underdogs in their last 3 games last year? We did not get the respect when we won our first superbowl either. This is perfect, it gives us an edge.

  5. Eric on said:

    I don’t mind really. Remember all those years when Peyton Manning and the Colts would win 12, 13, or 14 games a year and only had 2 SB appearances and 1 win.

  6. Mill on said:

    Whenever the Ravens are counted out, that is when they shine their brightest. It’s when they expect them to win that they fall flat on their faces. I could see the Ravens being the 1st franchise in a decade to repeat as champs, only difference is our won’t have an asterick next to it.

  7. Middle River Terp on said:

    Vegas is about making money, more people will bet on the Steelers no matter what, and more people will bet on the Ravens if the odds favor the house. Vegas is a business, it isn’t personal.

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