The 2020 NFL season is coming in hot, which means your betting card for the season needs a double-check. We’re going to be going over a copious amount of NFL futures bets, NFL odds, NFL betting picks and NFL predictions for the 2020 campaign. Sportsbooks have released win totals for every team, and we’re going to examine strengths, weaknesses, schedules and make predictions on the over/under. Right now, we’re looking at the Baltimore Ravens.
Baltimore has some outrageous NFL odds to reach the postseason and the sportsbooks NFL futures believe this team could be on a collision course with Kansas City where the winner would play for it all. Lamar Jackson stole the show last season in the regular season. He was a one-man wrecking crew that was playing like Michael Vick in Madden 2004. If you put a spy on him, he would scramble and buy time to find Mark Andrews or Marquise Brown. When it looked like a potential passing down, Jackson would put you in the spin cycle and find paydirt. The large chunk plays were insane last year. J.K. Dobbins is hoping to get in on that with Mark Ingram in the backfield. Dobbins and wideout Devin Duvernay could bring even more explosiveness to an offense that brought plenty to the table last season.
This Ravens team was simply unstoppable until January rolled along. In order to have a successful season, the Ravens will be viewed on whether or not they win the AFC. Anything short of a deep playoff run will certainly be considered a disappointment in 2020. There was far too much accomplished last season to get embarrassed in the postseason against Tennessee. Baltimore had an exceptional draft and are as talented as anybody in the NFL. The addition of Patrick Queen and Malik Harrison was impressive, but they also added veterans such as Calais Campbell and Derek Wolfe. Those two monsters in the trenches make this team even scarier to contend with. WIll Lamar take that next step and bring a Lombari back to Baltimore?
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This offensive squad was absolutely dazzling last season averaging 33.2 points per game. They were the only squad to hit over the 30 a game mark and they should be improved at passing the ball. The blueprint could be available for everybody to look over thanks to the Titans. Derrick Henry ran downhill on the Ravens and once a deficit occurred, too much pressure mounted. Andrews and Brown should be the featured pass catchers, but the health of them may be crucial. Mark Ingram was a stud when healthy thanks to so much focus on Jackson. When the MVP gets to the edge, he could take it the distance. The speed factor for this offense should be homerun worthy yet again. If they can take care of the ball and stay ahead of the chains, this team is capable of having another banner regular season.
Falling behind the sticks and on the scoreboard was a major issue in the postseason. Jackson was turning the ball over and Baltimore could not get respectable field position either. The draft featured a few linebackers, so their ability to slow down the ground game is the key. They have plenty of athletes in the secondary that are very physical. The aging Marcus Peters should be fine, but there are some youngsters that need to step up. Chuck Clark replaces Earl Thomas, which could be a tough replacement job. Deshon Elliot was a physical safety at Texas, but the cover skills could be a weakness for Baltimore. They gave up a few too many pass plays against Ryan Tannehill. If they don’t shore that up, a pivotal home loss to the Chiefs early in the season could haunt them come January.
Ranked as one of the easiest schedules in the NFL, Baltimore takes on the NFC East. Going to Philadelphia early in the season will be a challenge, but there are plenty of wins on this schedule to get back into the postseason with ease. Defending their division crown may come down to the final few weeks. The schedule is very favorable in the final month, but it could be their final roads of the season that decides their seeding fate. At both Cleveland and Cincinnati won’t be nearly as easy as it was last season. Still, the squad will be favored in almost every game. Their biggest test will likely be the Steelers depending on how productive Ben Roethlisberger and their offense is. It is tough to rattle off division title after division title, so it will be a challenge to repeat as the top seed overall. This time it equates to an even bigger advantage with a week off compared to the rest of the conference.
Baltimore is the runner-up to Kansas City in the preseason to win the Super Bowl. For them to flourish down the stretch unlike last season, it will take a collective effort by all of the skill players. There is not one individual player at receiver, tight end or running back that demands the most attention. That would belong to Lamar Jackson. Five primetime games for Baltimore should allow us to see just how much better this team is getting. The schedule on paper is easier than a season ago, but the Ravens were the hunter last season. This time around they will be the hunted. I still foresee 11 wins on the slate. I am not overly confident they get any more than that though. This rushing attack should be tough to slow down, but the competition will be tough right off the bat. Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes are arguably the best signal-callers in the entire AFC next to Lamar. Any losses in those first couple games will make life more difficult when they match up with Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis and New England. I don’t like them winning all four and feel that Pittsburgh is in for a revenge tour type of season. The Ravens are going to be even better on paper arguably, but look for a few more closer games that go the other way on the scoreboard. The value is there for the under, but this number looks like it will land right on the dot. If I had to lean somewhere, I would probably go over since I don’t see them losing six games. However, stay away on this one. The NFL odds oddsmakers will clean up with everybody wanting a piece of these Ravens.
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