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Baltimore Ravens – 2013 NFL Team Preview

Baltimore Ravens – 2013 NFL Team Preview

2012-2013 Regular Season: 10-6 SU | 6-9-1 ATS
2012-2013 Postseason: 4-0 SU | 4-0 ATS

Let’s face it, at the end of the 2012 NFL Regular Season the Ravens looked like a team destined for a first-round exit. They ended the regular season by going 1-4 SU and ATS and finished with a 10-6 SU regular season record. The Baltimore Ravens then proceeded to tear apart the Colts, #1-seeded Broncos, and the Super Bowl favorite Patriots in the playoffs. They not only became Super Bowl XLVII champions, they also went 4-0 ATS on that victorious playoff run. To many their playoff run will be defined by how their defense grounded Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning, and Tom Brady.

This coming season, the Ravens will have to defend their title without retired future Hall of Famer Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. The Ravens are priced +1,600 to repeat as Super Bowl champions – almost the same tune oddsmakers were singing last year when Baltimore was pegged around +1800 to win it all. An impressive offseason by the Ravens’ front office filled holes by acquiring pass rusher Elvis Dumervil and safety Michael Huff, amongst others.

Currently, John Harbaugh’s team has odds of +190 to win the AFC North division. They begin their quest for another title with a highly anticipated meeting against the Denver Broncos in Week 1. This game not only will show how real this team is, it will give the Broncos an opportunity to avenge that over-time loss while showcasing their new weapons. For this rematch of last season’s divisional playoff, the Ravens are 7.5-point underdogs against Peyton’s Broncos who are the favorite to win the AFC Championship. They are 3-1 ATS in their last 4 games in Denver. Two weeks later, the Ravens will attempt a payback of their own as they host the Houston Texans. The Texans beat Baltimore last year at home to record their franchise’s first win over the Ravens. The Ravens are 3-0 SU and ATS in their last 3 home games against Houston.

Key NFL Betting matchups of 2013 NFL Season:

Week 2 vs. Cleveland Browns: Baltimore has beaten the Browns in 10 straight match-ups.

Week 7 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: Baltimore is 3-1 SU in its last 4 games against their biggest rival.

Baltimore Ravens bettors should pay attention to:

– Joe Flacco, who has to perform in a way to shut detractors up who think he did not deserve to become the highest-paid player in NFL history ($120.6 million)

– The addition of Elvis Dumervil to the Ravens’ pass rush and how the squad adjusts to the loss of Ray Lewis and Ed Reed

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