Are The Baltimore Ravens Most Improved in 2014?

Are The Ravens Most Improved In 2014

Are The Baltimore Ravens Most Improved in 2014?

Should You Bet On Baltimore Ravens In The 2014 NFL Season?

After losing unquestioned team leader Ray Lewis to retirement following their thrilling run to the Super Bowl 47 championship, the Baltimore Ravens (8-8 SU,7-9 ATS,8-8 O/U) took a big step backwards in 2013, winning just eight games and failing to reach the postseason for the first time since 2007.

Now the Ravens will enter the 2014 regular season looking to get back into Super Bowl title contention in a big way.

This in-depth look at the Ravens’ upcoming 2014 campaign will help you maximize you chances of cashing in on Baltimore over the course of the entire 2014 NFL regular season.

Betting On the Baltimore Ravens to Win the 2014 Super Bowl

NFL Odds to win Super Bowl 49 Baltimore Ravens +4000

Analysis: Last season’s mediocre campaign broke a string of five consecutive postseason appearances by the Ravens, so clearly this team has shown its ability to play excellent football at a consistently high level over the years.

Having said that…yes, the Baltimore ravens are a good team to bet on to cash in against their 2015 NFL Super Bowl championship futures odds, mostly because they’ve shown a ton of championship resolve over the years – not to mention the fact that they’re offering a huge, +400 return should they manage to pull off the Super Bowl 49 win.

While the Ravens floundered in a big way on offense last season, ranking 18th in passing and a dismal 30th in rushing, Baltimore ‘s defense was solid at the very least, if not quite the overpowering force they had been.

The Ravens ranked 12th against the pass and 11th against the run and whenever you have a quality defense that can produce these kind of numbers, then you’re going to have a chance to compete in the postseason – and win it all.

Betting On the Baltimore Ravens to Win the AFC North

  • Cincinnati Bengals +185
  • Pittsburgh Steelers +225
  • Baltimore Ravens +240
  • Cleveland Browns +600

Analysis: The Ravens finished tied with Pittsburgh for second place in the competitive AFC North, three games behind Cincinnati, but I think it’s very conceivable that any of these three teams could win the AFC North in 2014, so I say place a wager on the Ravens to do just that.

Baltimore went 3-3 SU and 2-4 ATS against their division rivals but the fact of the matter is that, over the last decade, Pittsburgh has won the division four times, Baltimore three times and Cincinnati, twice, so again, any team outside of rebuilding Cleveland, could win the AFC North in 2014.

Having said that, I like the Ravens chances because of the age-old adage that says good defense beats good offense far more often than not. Baltimore ‘s perennial sound defenses have been the foundation for their two Super Bowl titles and it should keep the Ravens in their fair share of games in 2014.

One of the things that Baltimore ‘s defense has helped them accomplish is win an incendiary 80 percent (16-4) of its last 20 home games outright. While Baltimore has compiled a surprisingly poor 8-12 ATS mark in these contests, they’re a virtual lock as a straight-up Moneyline wager.

In the end, I say throw some cash on Baltimore to win the AFC North.

My Pick: Play Baltimore to win the AFC North

Betting On the Baltimore Ravens to Win In Week One

  • Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens -2
  • Over/Under 43

Analysis: I like Baltimore’s hiring of Gary Kubiak as their new offensive coordinator and believe his creativity could help transform the Ravens staid and mostly boring offense, into something, dare I say it…special.

For his part, Kubiak said he’s been impressed with his team’s offense during training camp.

“His ability to go through progressions, to me, is exceptional,” Kubiak told reporters recently. “He’s bought into the boom-boom-boom stuff we teach as far as your feet [go]. We teach guys to read with their feet and get the ball going.

“There’s not a play Joe can’t make. It’s fun for me to work with [him]. I’ve had a chance to work with some really good ones, and this has been a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to him doing big things this year.”

Having said all of this, I also like Baltimore ‘s addition of veteran wideout Steve Smith and I like them to win and narrowly cover the spread against the Cincinnati Bengals in their 2014 regular season and home opener. The Ravens know they need to get off to a good start and that the Bengals won the AFC North last season by recording 11 wins.

Last season, the Ravens and Bengals split their two-game regular season series with the home team winning and covering the spread each time. These two teams have split the last 10 meetings evenly with the home team winning each of the last six meetings overall. With the spread at just two points, I like the Ravens in a classic field goal game.

My Pick: Baltimore Ravens -2 Points

Baltimore Ravens Betting Tips

Okay, there’s some good news and some bad with the Ravens

  • While Baltimore has won seven of its last 10 games as a favorite, they’ve only managed to go 5-5 ATS in those contests.
  • When the Ravens are an underdog, they come through slightly more often than not, with a 6-4 ATS record over its last 10 games.
  • The Ravens are just 3-6-1 ATS in their last 10 games against their AFC North division rivals and they’ll kick off their 2014 campaign with a trio of division games.
  • Baltimore is 6-4 SU and ATS in their last 10 games against both, their NFC South and AFC South opponents, the two divisions they’ll play in 2014 outside of their own.
  • I like Baltimore to roll all over Miami , Jacksonville , Houston and Cleveland in their final four regular season games.

Baltimore Ravens Projected 2014 Starters

Offense

Defense

QB

Joe Flacco

DE

Haloti Ngata

RB

Ray Rice  /  Bernard Pierce

NT

Brandon Williams

WR1

Torrey Smith

DE

Chris Canty

WR2

Steve Smith

OLB

Terrell Suggs

TE1

Dennis Pitta

ILB

Daryl Smith

TE2

Owen Daniels

ILB

C.J. Mosley

LT

Eugene Monroe

OLB

Elvis Dumervil

LG

Kelechi Osemele

CB1

Lardarius Webb

C

Jeremy Zuttah

CB2

Jimmy Smith

RG

Marshal Yanda

SS

Matt Elam

RT

Ricky Wagner

FS

Terrence Brooks