NFL 2019 Super Bowl— Jeff Sherman (@golfodds) January 8, 2018
Their way-too-early odds have Baltimore tied for the 20th best chance of hoisting the Lombardi Trophy on February 3rd, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Ravens are tied with Tennessee, Indianapolis and Denver as the eighth most respected team in the AFC. Their arch rival Steelers have the second best odds in the NFL at 8-1, behind only the New England dynasty. The Bengals and Browns are listed at 100-1.
This offseason the Ravens will again be forced into difficult choices between desirable players due to salary cap constraints. What’s more, there is no guarantee the team will be able to better avoid impactful injuries next season, and they are unlikely to face as many backup quarterbacks as they did in 2017.
Nonetheless, the Ravens have won at least eight games in nine of ten seasons during John Harbaugh’s tenure as head coach. Still, a distinction should be made between contending for the playoffs and contending for the championship. Just three wildcard teams have advanced to the Super Bowl since the playoff field was expanded in 1990.
Harbaugh seemingly always finds a way to engineer a couple more victories than the talent on the roster would suggest. That can be viewed as a gift for those with faith that the team can win another Super Bowl under the current regime’s leadership. Or a curse for the group who believe the Ravens recent mediocrity has only prolonged an inevitable full scale rebuilding project.
When considering recent postseason history, talent currently under contract, salary cap space and draft assets, the Ravens will probably need a near perfect offseason to be viewed as viable Super Bowl contenders. Anything can happen in the NFL week-to-week, let alone more than a year out, but the final results are far from completely random. Hopefully Baltimore can improve their Super Bowl odds as they build their 2019 team throughout the offseason.