The Ravens came up short in the playoffs last season after an incredible regular-season performance but they reloaded this offseason with an eye on a trip to Super Bowl 55.
Baltimore’s offseason was subtle, yet impressive. The team got a steal in the draft at No. 55 with J.K. Dobbins (the club has been hyping him up all offseason). They should have a healthy Hollywood Brown heading into the campaign (and may even have his cousin, Antonio) and on defense, they’ve reloaded with linebackers in the draft and All-Pro Calais Campbell through trade with Jacksonville.
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The betting market is particularly fond of the Ravens, as Oddschecker’s NFL page shows. Listed at +700 to win the Super Bowl, only the Chiefs are ahead of them in the oddsmakers’ eyes.
“The only thing that seems to stand in their way is the Kansas City Chiefs. The Ravens are rated just behind the current champions to win their conference and the Super Bowl, whilst Patrick Mahomes is the only man keeping [Lamar Jackson] from enjoying favoritism in the MVP market,” Oddschecker spokesman Pete Watt tells Pro Football Action.
Jackson’s consensus odds at another MVP trophy are listed as +700. Mahomes is a heavy favorite at +400.
Baltimore’s top rookies are getting some attention in the betting market as well. Dobbins is listed at +2800 to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year award, which represents the 12th-shortest odds. Linebacker Patrick Queen (+1200) is listed only behind Washington’s Chase Young and Arizona’s Isaiah Simmons to win the Defensive Rookie of the Year award.
“As the figures demonstrate, expectations are extremely high in Baltimore for the upcoming season and Ravens fans will be looking for their team to go that step further than last year,” Watt added.
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