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Are the Ravens the NFL’s Luckiest Team? Or Most Resilient?

Ben Heisler
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson threw for 442 yards and four touchdowns in their comeback victory vs. the Indianapolis Colts Monday night.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson threw for 442 yards and four touchdowns in their comeback victory vs. the Indianapolis Colts Monday night. / Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

It may not look pretty, but the Baltimore Ravens may have something special brewing in the Charm City this season.

Following an overtime loss to the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 1, the Ravens have won four straight games to improve to 4-1, but let's review how all four wins took place.

In Week 2, Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire fumbled in Baltimore territory driving late in the game, taking away Kansas City's opportunity for a game-winning field goal and giving the Ravens their first win of the season.

In Week 3, the Ravens needed a fourth-and-19 conversion with 0:26 on the clock and got it 36 yards downfield to the Detroit Lions' 48-yard line. From 66 yards away, Justin Tucker, thanks to the help of the crossbar, became the NFL's all-time leader for the longest field goal in league history to give Baltimore an improbable 19-17 win.

In Week 4 on the road against the Denver Broncos, the Ravens had a one possession lead until Broncos starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater left the game with a concussion. Baltimore would go onto win 23-7.

Finally, in Week 5, down 25-9 with less than 10 minutes in the fourth quarter to the Indianapolis Colts, Lamar Jackson and the Ravens completed the third largest comeback in Ravens' history for a 31-25 victory in overtime.

All of a sudden, the top team in the AFC North could be easily reversed to the worst team in the division if several of these circumstances don't occur.

Should bettors trust the Ravens the rest of the season?

Considering that the Colts had a 99% probability to win the game up 22-3 with 3 minutes left in the third quarter, the Ravens have had quite a few breaks go their way. But do the oddsmakers see it as luck? Or more-so a good team finding ways to win late despite only going 2-3 against the spread.

Right now at WynnBET, Baltimore is the third-highest favorite to win the AFC behind the Buffalo Bills and Chiefs at odds of +550. Following them are the Los Angeles Chargers (+600) and Cleveland Browns (+650).

While odds to win the AFC North division are currently unavailable, Baltimore should remain the favorite over Cleveland given where the Browns' AFC and Super Bowl odds are listed behind their division rivals.

The Ravens' schedule remains tough, but winnable for the next few weeks when they host two of the most improved teams in the AFC in the Chargers and Cincinnati Bengals. They then get the Vikings at home for a third consecutive game before traveling to Miami, Chicago, and then back home for a crucial matchup against the Browns at home.

As long as the Ravens start playing more like they did in Week 4 in their most dominant victory of the season, I expect them to continue to build their lead in the division against teams they should handle. The Chargers may be their most difficult matchup of them all and the Ravens are already listed as three-point home favorites at WynnBET this week.

It may not be too late to climb on board and fly some futures bets with the Ravens, but you'll want to jump on sooner rather than later.

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