The Baltimore Ravens head into the 2019 NFL Regular Season after making the playoffs in 2018. The Ravens have high hopes. So far, odds makers are chilly on Baltimore winning more than 8 games. Will the Ravens go over their total regular season wins of 8 ½? Or, will they go under? Keep reading for Baltimore Ravens total regular season win odds, analysis, and a free pick!
Baltimore Ravens 2019 NFL Win/Loss Total Odds & Predictions
Why Ravens over 8 ½ is a good bet?
Baltimore significantly improved their offense. The Ravens signed running back Mark Ingram away from the Saints. Ingram averaged 4.7 yards per carry last season. He also caught 21 passes for 170 yards while splitting time with Alvin Kamara. Ingram has been a featured back in the past, though. He’s a huge upgrade for a team that already ranked second in rushing yards per game with 152.6.
Not only did the Ravens sign Ingram, they also drafted wide receiver Marquise Brown. Brown, Antonio Brown’s cousin, tore it up catching passes from Heisman Trophy winner Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray in college. Brown instantly upgrades the wide receiver position.
Quarterback Lamar Jackson didn’t post eye-popping stats, but he didn’t throw a ton of interceptions. Jackson should be even better this season.
Why Ravens under 8 ½ is a good bet?
While the Ravens significantly improved the offense, they suffered some losses on defense. Three starters are no longer with the team: LB Z’Darius Smith, LB CJ Moseley, and OLB Terrell Suggs. Strong safety Eric Weddle’s departure makes it four.
The Ravens did pick up Earl Thomas, Seattle’s former free safety. Thomas heads into the season off an injury, though. If Thomas returns to his best form, he’ll be one of the top free safeties in the NFL. If he doesn’t, he’ll be a bust in Baltimore.
Baltimore Ravens 2019 Regular Season Win Final Analysis
The Ravens’ hopes rest on the defense. If Baltimore can cobble together a defense that can handle the Steelers, Browns, and Bengals, the Ravens could win the AFC North Division. If the defense falters, the Ravens could end up winning 6 or 7 games.
So, which is it? Will John Harbaugh put together a decent enough defense for a run at the AFC North title? He will. Baltimore has had turnover on the defensive side of the football before. Every time it’s happened, Harbaugh’s found a way to put together a defense that plays at a high-level.
This season should be no different. Add in the likely possibility that the offense wins a few shootouts due to its improvement and suddenly we’ve got a 9 or 10 game winning team. Over 8 ½ is the play on the Baltimore Ravens.
NFL Betting Pick: Over 8 ½