Although big things were predicted for the Baltimore Ravens in the 2021 season, things just didn’t work out. Injury issues played a big part in the Ravens finishing the season 8-9 and not making the playoffs.
Now that everyone is healthy, the Ravens are expecting a return to the playoffs this season. With another season under Lamar Jackson’s belt, the experts think that the Ravens could be a playoff team. Let’s take a brief look at what’s on tap for the Ravens this season so you can plan your bets against their NFL Team Totals odds.
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Can They Get to 10 Wins?
Now that the oddsmakers have released the projected win totals, everyone is looking at them to see if their team is expected to make the playoffs. Las Vegas has set the Ravens projected win total at 9.5. We’re not sure if they can get to 10, especially with the schedule that they’ll have to play.
Even though they have a very winnable game in Week 1 against the New York Jets, things get a little rough from there. Weeks 2-5 looks like a murderer’s row. In Week 2, they host the much-improved Miami Dolphins. They then take a trip to New England to take on the Patriots. In Week 4 and 5, they’ll stay at home, as they host two of the AFC’s top teams in the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals.
After their tough stretch, they get a little break as they play the New York Giants. After their trip to New Jersey, they’ll host the Cleveland Browns. Then they have a tough two-game stretch on the road, as they head to Tampa Bay and then to New Orleans to take on the Saints.
After their bye week, they get another respite as they play the Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars. Their season ends with the Denver Broncos, two games with the Pittsburgh Steelers, another game with Cleveland, a date with the Atlanta Falcons, and a season-ending clash at Cincinnati.
With this schedule, it’s going to be hard for the Ravens to get to the 10-win mark. They’ll need to stay healthy, and they’ll need to catch some breaks along the way.
A Questionable Offseason?
One move that the Ravens made in the offseason that surprised everyone was the trade of top receiver Hollywood Brown to the Arizona Cardinals. Even though they acquired a first round pick in this year’s draft for Brown, it left the Ravens without a top receiving threat. The Ravens are hoping that former first-round pick Rashod Bateman can take the next step.
The Ravens are expecting running back J.K. Dobbins to be fully healthy to start the season. He’ll be a huge boost to the offense. On the defensive side of the ball, they’re hoping that the addition of top pick Kyle Hamilton will help shore up a defense that was never healthy last season.
Is this a Playoff Team?
We’re looking at a 9-8 season for the 2022 Baltimore Ravens. Even though Lamar Jackson is hard to prepare for, we still don’t have a lot of confidence in his passing game. This season he is void of a lot of offensive weapons, so that will make it even tougher for him.
Even though this defense is healthy this season, we don’t think that they can lead the Ravens to more wins. It’s going to be back to the drawing board for John Harbaugh and the Baltimore coaching staff after the 2022 season.