The Baltimore Ravens under head coach John Harbaugh look to have another big season in 2010-2011. Baltimore will have a difficult challenge in the AFC North competing with the Steelers and the Bengals, along with the Browns.
Quarterback Joe Flacco completed 315 of 499 passes during the season for 3613 yards and 21 touchdowns. His number one receiver was Derrick Mason, with 7 touchdown catches and 1028 yards. Ray Rice had a break out season at running back for Baltimore, rushing 254 times for just shy of 1400 yards. The big bruiser Willis McGahee picked up most of the touchdowns on the ground; with 12.
Along with Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Cleveland twice, the Ravens will face some quality opponents during the regular season. Baltimore starts the season with a huge game at the defensive minded New York Jets; led by former Ravens assistant Rex Ryan. After heading to Cincinnati in week two, the Ravens will host Cleveland in week three and playing at Pittsburgh in week four. Non divisional opponents that the Ravens have on the schedule include: w/ Denver, @ New England, w/ Buffalo, w/ Miami, @ Atlanta, @ Carolina, w/ Tampa Bay, @ Houston and w/ New Orleans.
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Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl Odds
The Baltimore Ravens come into the season with high expectations, not only from their own fan base, their players and coaches, but also the odds makers. While certainly not the favorite within the AFC, sportsbook.com has them listed with +500 odds, which is tied with New England, behind only Indianapolis, New York and San Diego.
The Ravens would love to get back to a super bowl, after several years off, and feel with the speed of Rice, along with the growing experience of Flacco, they got a shot. The odds makers at Sportsbook.com have the Baltimore Ravens listed at +1200 to win Super Bowl 45. Indianapolis, Dallas, Green Bay, New Orleans, New York Jets and San Diego are listed ahead of the Ravens.
Baltimore Ravens 2010/2011 Predictions
The Ravens have a chance at being really good this season. Ray Lewis and the defense looks to be heading back in the direction of their dominant force. The offense is coming around, with the experience of Flacco, along with the running back of McGahee and Rice.
If the pieces of the puzzle fit correctly Baltimore has a shot at winning the AFC. The Ravens find themselves in a tough division with the Steelers and Bengals, who should both have solid teams again this year, but I like their chances of coming out on top of the AFC North division.
I would be tempted to put some money on the Ravens to win the AFC, or even the Super Bowl with the odds given, as I am sure they will be in the hunt of things come playoff time.
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