A year ago, the Baltimore ravens kicked off their 2018 campaign with veteran Super Bowl-winning quarterback Joe Flacco still firmly entrenched as the team’s starter. First round draft pick, Lamar Jackson, a former Heisman winner at Louisville two seasons prior, was expected to mostly sit and learn and that’s exactly what happened through nine weeks as Jackson attempted just 12 passes while getting 30 carries because of his innate running ability.
However, following n injury to Flacco, Jackson was inserted as the starter for Baltimore’s Week 10 matchup against Cincinnati. After a trio of consecutive wins and a three-point road loss at Kansas City in Week 13, everyone associated with the franchise was firmly behind the idea of Jackson as a starter and he rewarded that decision with three more wins to help lead Baltimore to a stunning 10-6 record and playoff berth that once looked virtually impossible following their 4-5 mark under Flacco. Even in suffering a narrow 23-17 wild card playoff loss to a 12-win Chargers team, Jackson had a positive outing by tossing a pair of late TD passes and keeping the Ravens within striking distance.
Now, as the Ravens get set for the upcoming 2019 campaign, all eyes will be on Jackson and a revamped roster that looks primed for more success in the near future. Here’s what you need to know about the Baltimore Ravens before the start of the 2019 NFL regular season.
Baltimore Ravens 2019 NFL Season Betting Guide
- ATS: 10-6 (W-L) / 8-8-0 (ATS) / 3-5-0 (Home) / 5-3-0 (Away) / 5-2-0 (Grass) / 3-6-0 (Turf)
- O/U: 7-9 (W-L) / 4-4-0 (Home) / 3-5-0 (Away) / 2-5-0 (Grass) / 5-4-0 (Turf) / 42.2 (Total)
After going 6-1 with Jackson at the helm over their final seven games, Baltimore finished with 10 victories to beat out Pittsburgh for first place in the NFC North. The Ravens managed to go 8-8 ATS by covering the chalk five times on the road while their powerful defense helped them play Under the O/U total nine times, including five times on the road.
- Total Yards: 374.9 / Rank 9
- Passing Yards: 222.4 / Rank 22
- Rushing Yards: 152.6 /Rank 2
- Points Scored: 24.3 / Rank 13
- Field Goal %: 89.7 / Rank 8
Offensively, the Ravens finished the 2018 campaign ranked a respectable ninth overall and 13th in scoring (24.3 ppg), but that was mostly because of their powerful rushing attack which finished second overall. Baltimore ranked a discouraging 22nd in passing and will look to improve their passing attack, if even slightly.
To address their needs on offense, Baltimore re-signed veteran signal-caller Robert Griffin III for insurance in case the fleet-footed Jackson suffers an injury. The Ravens also added former Saints running back Mark Ingram and re-signed tight end Nick Boyle while drafting Oklahoma wide receiver Marquise Brown with the 25th pick in the draft before adding Notre Dame wide receiver Miles Boykin in the third round and Oklahoma State running back Justice Hill in the fourth round.
- Total Yards: 292.9 / Rank 1
- Passing Yards: 210 / Rank 5
- Rushing Yards: 82.9 /Rank 4
- Points Allowed: 17.9 / Rank 2
- Field Goal %: 76.9 / Rank 6
Defensively, Baltimore was outstanding in finishing first overall, fifth against the pass, fourth against the run and second in points allowed (17.9 ppg). The Ravens lost future hall of Fame linebacker Terrell Suggs in free agency after he spent his entire 16-tear career with the franchise. Baltimore also parted ways with Pro Bowl linebacker C.J. Mosley, 2018 leading tackler, linebacker, Za’Darius Smith and veteran safety Eric Weddle.
To address their needs defensively, Baltimore added veteran safety Earl Thomas, cornerback Tayvon Young and three-time special teams Pro Bowl cornerback Justin Bethel in free agency while drafting Louisiana Tech defensive end Jaylon Ferguson in the third round.
- Touchdowns: Alex Collins (8)
- Rushing: Gus Edwards (718)
- Passing: Joe Flacco (2465)
- Receiving: John Brown (715)
- Sacks: Za’Darius Smith (8.5)
- Interceptions: Brandon Carr (2)
2018 team touchdown leader Alex Collins is gone following his recent release, but surprising running back Gus Edwards returns after leading the Ravens in rushing (718 yards) as a rookie last season. Passing leader Joe Flacco is gone, but Baltimore has what they believe is a franchise signal-caller in Jackson.
If any team can lose three quality linebackers and overcome it, I guess it’s Baltimore. Besides, I love their offseason free agent acquisitions, starting with Earl Thomas and Mark Ingram. With more freedom than he had last season and a better grasp of the playbook, I definitely believe the best is yet to come for Lamar Jackson. The Ravens look like they’re going to cram the ball down their opponents throats again in 2019 while mostly shutting down their opponents defensively and you should know that’s a tried and true formula for success in the NFL football betting faithful.