Is there any merit in betting on the Ravens to miss the playoffs in 2020?
Even if you love to play devil’s advocate, it’s going to be tough to come up with reasons while maintaining a straight face. You’ll have to reach far and wide to convince most people that John Harbaugh’s group will struggle in the upcoming season, except, of course, maybe the folks in Pittsburgh and Cleveland.
Noah Davis and I are exploring the betting value attached to all 32 team’s postseason chances, and I have the pleasure of tackling the squad from Charm City.
And while it may sound like a moot point, asking “Will the Ravens make the playoffs in 2020?” might not be as silly of a question as you think.
Baltimore Ravens Playoff Odds
If you are feeling bold and want to take a hard stance that Baltimore won’t make the playoffs, don’t settle for the +450 number you see here reflected from MyBookie. Peruse some of the other top-rated NFL sportsbooks, and you’ll find the Ravens’ playoff odds (to miss) at +600.
The reason I posted the lines from MyBookie is because you’ll be coughing up -800 (or more) elsewhere to invest in Lamar Jackson and company getting to the postseason. -775 isn’t a whole lot better, but at least you won’t be leaving any equity on the table.
If you want to capture some upside when betting on Baltimore in 2020, the Ravens’ Super Bowl 55 odds are certainly worth a look. A couple of other wagers that could pique your interest are this team’s win total or some Lamar Jackson props.
Before I sign off on Baltimore surging into the postseason, let’s examine the potential scenarios in which they could come up short.
The health of Lamar Jackson is absolutely crucial when you consider how much he does for this team. Toss in the fact that RGIII and Trace McSorley are next in line, and I’m far from convinced this would be a playoff team if Lamar were to go down.
Another roadblock standing in the Ravens’ way is how much improved everyone else in the AFC North figures to be.
Cleveland addressed a bunch of needs — most importantly clearing Freddie Kitchens out of the way and completely revamping their offensive line. The Steelers get Big Ben back to join up with one of the most ferocious defenses in football, and one can argue that the Bengals will make as big of a stride as any organization in 2020. From Joe Burrow’s arrival and a healthy A.J. Green to what is now a rather expensive defensive, look out for Cincy surprising a lot of people in the upcoming year.
Perhaps longwinded, but that’s my way of telling you that Baltimore should get tested in their division a lot more than they did in 2019. With that being said, seven teams from the AFC get to waltz into the playoffs, and it’d be preposterous for me to tell you that the Ravens won’t be among that group.
As a former Division I collegiate golfer, Michael Wynn loves writing about golf. He's also an expert in most of America's most popular sports, writing extensively for GamblingSites.com on football, basketball, and baseball.
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