The Baltimore Ravens have amped up their NFL performance so far this year, and the team is quickly getting into position to make a run on the iconic Super Bowl. This is a notion that might not have garnered much support at the start of 2019, but bookmakers have finally started to take notice, and it won’t be long before sports bettors do as well.
Some of the sharper bookmakers out there have even put the Ravens’ odds higher than those of the San Francisco 49ers – one of only 2 NFL teams to have taken a defeat on the nose this season. The latest odds posted at numerous sportsbooks have pegged the Ravens as the second-highest in futures bets for an outright Super Bowl victory.
Baltimore’s Performance Peaks
Baltimore has definitely been at the top of its game this season, securing impressive wins against teams leading their divisions. The Ravens had no trouble taking down the Houston Texans (the AFC South’s current leader) in a recent game that saw their opponents scoring a mere 7 points on the board. This paled in comparison to the 41 points scored by the Ravens, and came just 2 weeks after they won against the New England Patriots.
It is interesting to note that the Patriots, along with the 49ers, had remained undefeated up until that point. The final score of the game in question demonstrated how strong the Ravens have become as they played their way to a 37-20 victory. Add to this the team’s win against the Seattle Seahawks and a clear picture begins to emerge of exactly who has the best chances of getting to the bracket next year.
Jackson Set for MVP Recognition
Against these 3 rival teams, the Ravens have a point margin of 108-43, and are proving to be invincible both on defense and offense. Quarterback Lamar Jackson is set for a possible MVP nomination thanks to his 19 touchdown passes and an awesome 788 rushing yards, not to mention half a dozen touchdown runs. The rest of Jackson’s line is performing admirably too, putting their team second in the league overall with 426.8 yards per game. The Ravens’ offense is also #1 in scoring and rushing offense.
The Baltimore team has also become formidable on defense, thanks in part to the strong skillsets of cornerback Marcus Peters and linebacker Josh Bynes. The Ravens’ defense now stands seventh in scoring defense, and has stolen the ball from the opposition 9 times in just 4 games; 5 of these ended up at the end zone for touchdowns.
Ravens, 49ers Most Promising
There is still a highly competitive spirit brewing among the teams, but time is in short supply now. Playoffs for the Super Bowl kick off in less than 6 weeks, and the clear victors are starting to make themselves known. Among those teams that are most likely to reach the Bowl bracket are the New Orleans Saints, the Ravens, the 49ers and the Patriots. With +550, the Ravens are starting to seem like a great bet for the coveted Lombardi Trophy.
Considering the fact that their 2 AFC conference championships – one in 2000 and the next in 2012 – both resulted in Super Bowl wins, now could be the time for punters to start offering up some money for the best contenders. Numerous experts have their eyes on the Ravens as the Super Bowl’s next champions – but at this point, the title is still anyone’s game!
The Baltimore Ravens are an American professional football team that represents the city of Baltimore, Maryland. The team competes in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the American Football Conference North division. They play their home games at the M&T Bank Stadium and are currently headquartered in Owings Mills