The Baltimore Ravens are coming off of a Super Bowl winning season and quarterback Joe Flacco was rewarded with a $100 million contract, but how will all of this translate to success on the field? Well, all signs point to things being difficult to repeat last season’s success — especially when you consider the amount of players that the team lost on the offensive side of the ball.
Add the losses of Flacco’s two favorite red zone targets — Anquan Bolding and Dennis Pitta — and there is plenty of cause for concern in Baltimore.
How will the roster changes play out on the field and affect the team’s wins total?
Plenty of people place wagers on the win totals for teams heading in to the year and the fine folks of Bovada.lv have recently updated their odds following the recent moves and news.
Kevin Bradley, Sports Book Manager of Bovada.lv says:
“NFL Season Win Totals is one of our most popular bets here at Bovada, and as a result, we have had some significant movement based on the amount of money we are taking on certain teams. Arizona, with our second lowest total of 5.5 wins has seen 90% of the action on the over which is the same case for New Orleans, who are only taking over money on their total of 9. The Patriots total, due to the loss of Hernandez and the status of Gronkowski, has dropped from 11.5 to 11 and in turn, the Dolphins who are also getting bet pretty heavily have moved from 7.5 to 8.”
So how does Vegas see the Ravens stacking up in the NFL this season? Here are the over/under odds for their 2013 win total:
Over: 8½ (-130)
Under: 8½ (EVEN)
Considering all of the losses, that seems like a very fair number.
Ravens fans may not want to hear it, but the Ravens being a .500 team in 2013 is not completely out of the question. It will all be on Joe Flacco to prove that he is worth the amount of money Baltimore threw at him after his impressive postseason run. The team also needs some leaders to emerge on defense, so there is plenty of uncertainty.
How many games do you think the Ravens will rack up in 2013? Sound off in the comments section and share your predictions.
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