Finishing the season at 10-7 wasn’t what the Baltimore Ravens had anticipated prior to the season. Baltimore was looking to win the division with a much better record than they finished with. Injuries took their toll on the Ravens, especially the one to Lamar Jackson, which we’ll dig deeper into later. However, the Ravens are in the playoffs and have a tough matchup, as they’re going up against the AFC North rivals, the Cincinnati Bengals, in the Wild Card round of the NFL Playoffs this upcoming weekend.
We’ll look at the Raven’s Postseason Odds and whether or not you should risk betting on their NFL Playoffs Odds.
Are We Ready to Place a Wager on the Baltimore Ravens This Postseason?
The Raven’s odds would probably be much better if we knew the status of Lamar Jackson. Since Jackson went down with a knee injury, the Ravens haven’t been good offensively. They’ve lost their last two games, including their Week 18 matchup with the Bengals. As of right now, the Ravens are a +3500 to win the Super Bowl, a +1700 to win the AFC, and in their matchup at Cincinnati this weekend, they are 6.5-point underdogs.
Will Jackson Be Ready?
The biggest reason to be wary of the Ravens is the unknown status of Jackson’s injury. The Ravens have been fairly mum on the subject, and we don’t know whether or not he’ll be ready to play. Even if he does play, will he be 100%, and how rusty will he be? These are all huge question marks surrounding the Ravens and their ability to make a long postseason run.
The good news coming out of Baltimore is that JK Dobbins and Mark Andrews are both healthy heading into the postseason. They both sat out of Sunday’s game with the Bengals, as the Ravens had already clinched a playoff berth.
So if Jackson can’t go, who is next? Tyler Huntley missed the Cincinnati game, but sources say he will be ready to go for the playoffs if Jackson isn’t ready. With a healthy Dobbins and Andrews at his disposal, it will be a huge help.
The Ravens Defense
The Ravens defense has played well toward the tail end of the season. The addition of Roquan Smith has been a huge get for the Ravens. They traded away a second-round draft pick at the trade deadline to acquire the linebacker from the Bears. He had 16 tackles against Cincinnati in Sunday’s loss. These two teams don’t like each other, and we expect the Ravens’ defense to step up and play well.
To Bet Or Not To Bet on the Ravens?
The big question remains: Should we not bet on the Ravens? We are betting against the Ravens, and here’s why. First, drawing Cincinnati in the first round is arguably the worst draw they could get. Joe Burrow and company are playing great football right now and look like one of the top three teams in football.
Secondly, without Jackson, the Ravens are an average team at best. We know that there is still a chance that he could play. But until we see him play a whole game, we’re shying away from putting any wagers on the Ravens at this time.