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NFL Team Betting Previews: Baltimore Ravens - Pete Watt

MARKET/ODDS

To win opener against Cleveland Browns -345 (1F)

To win the AFC North -187 (1F)

To win the AFC +350 (2F)

To win Super Bowl LV +700 (2F)

Lamar Jackson to win MVP +700 (2F)

J.K. Dobbins to win OROTY +2800 (12F)

Patrick Queen to win DROTY +1200 (3F)

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

And with good reason: in Lamar Jackson they possess one of the most mercurially talented quarterbacks in the league, whilst the short odds on Patrick Queen and J.K. Dobbins to win their respective awards exemplifies the strength of their rookie class

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 Jackson from enjoying favoritism in the MVP market.

Three bold predictions for Ravens in 2020: Baltimore ready to rush into the record books yet again - Tyler Sullivan

Break the single-season rushing record again

The Ravens were able to run their way into the record books in 2019, rushing for an all-time team record of 3,296 yards on the ground.

Lamar Jackson may not break the quarterback rushing record again in 2020, but he’s more than capable of going over a thousand yards on the ground. As for true running backs in the backfield, Baltimore has a pretty strong stable.

The Ravens have the personnel, the talent, and buy-in from the coaching staff to run the football early and often, so they are extremely well-positioned to break their own record this year.

What all 32 NFL teams need to see from their 2020 rookie class - Ben Linsey

BALTIMORE RAVENS: THE YOUNG LINEBACKERS PROVIDE SPLASH PLAYS IN THE MIDDLE OF ONE OF THE LEAGUE’S BEST DEFENSES

The Ravens came into this offseason with a hole at off-ball linebacker. They attacked that need in the 2020 NFL Draft, selecting LSU’s Patrick Queen in the first round and Ohio State’s Malik Harrison in the third round. The two profile as different types of linebackers — Queen serving as the sideline-to-sideline player with unteachable athletic tools and explosiveness while Harrison is more of your old-school linebacker in terms of both size and ability to get downhill and defend the run. They’ll likely both get the chance to contribute early.

As we saw with Devin Bush and Devin White this past season, you often see the brilliance in splashes from talented rookie linebackers before the consistency comes. It takes time to nail down the intricacies of zone coverage in the NFL, but good football players tend to have a nose for the ball — and that generally translates quicker to the pro game. Perhaps it’s Queen breaking on an in-route for an interception, or maybe it’s Harrison getting home on a blitz for a big sack. Those are the kinds of difference-making plays that Wink Martindale will hope to see from his young linebackers — a precursor to what Baltimore hopes is a fruitful pairing for years to come.

WHY MARQUISE BROWN ADDING WEIGHT IS SIGNIFICANT - Benjamin Solak

In a 2019 wide receiver class that churned out a stunning array of productive rookies—Deebo Samuel, A.J. Brown, Terry McLaurin, D.K. Metcalf—it can be easy to forget who was first off the board on draft day: none of the above. Baltimore Ravens rookie Marquise “Hollywood” Brown was the 25th overall pick in a class that many believed lacked a true top talent at wideout, and while Brown was far from a disappointment in his rookie year, he did produce at a lower level than those later picks, failing to stand out beyond other rookie speedsters like Darius Slayton and Mecole Hardman.

Assuming Brown retains his elite speed at his new weight—a reasonable assumption, given the focus of his training to this point—both his full recovery from a terrible injury and his additional bulk spell a strong second season for Brown. Critically, a 180-pound Brown neatly slides into the mold of devastating undersized speedsters that have succeeded before him, completing a stunning five-year turnaround from underfed and underdeveloped JUCO track star to NFL-sized WR1.

Agent’s Take: Six teams under pressure to extend star players before franchise tag decisions loom in 2021 - Joel Corry

Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens can’t touch edge rusher Matthew Judon’s contract until early next January since he is playing under a $16.808 million franchise tag this season. Judon will be assured of free agency in 2021 if the Ravens don’t extend tackle Ronnie Stanley’s contract, as Stanley will be franchised.

Outside of cornerback Marcus Peters, the Ravens aren’t accustomed to doing high-end deals where players only give up three new years on extensions signed in the final year of rookie contracts or at their expiration. Unlike Tunsil, Peters had to sacrifice his average yearly salary to get the shorter term. It will be interesting to see how Stanley reaps the benefit of Tunsil dramatically resetting the offensive tackle market.