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Ravens: A Look Against The Spread

May 10, 2018 - 11:07 am
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The Baltimore Ravens face a make or break year in 2018. After missing out on the postseason for three straight seasons, the seat is getting warm from the front office all the way to the quarterback position.

Once again, the Ravens have a favorable schedule this season. They have the 21st ranked strength of schedule with a combined opponent win percentage of .488.  

CG Technology provided the spreads for each team Week 1 through Week 16. Week 17 is not included because of playoff implications.

Here’s a look at how the Ravens matchup according to Vegas.

Week 1: Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens (-3.5)

Week 2: Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals (Pick 'em)

Week 3: Denver Broncos at Baltimore Ravens (-5.5)

Week 4: Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers (-6)

Week 5: Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns (-2.5)

Week 6: Baltimore Ravens at Tennessee Titans (-2.5)

Week 7: New Orleans at Baltimore Ravens (Pick 'em)

Week 8: Baltimore Ravens at Carolina Panthers (-2)

Week 9: Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens (Pick 'em)

Week 10: BYE

Week 11: Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens (-6)

Week 12: Oakland Raiders at Baltimore Ravens (-5)

Week 13: Baltimore Ravens at Atlanta Falcons (-3.5)

Week 14: Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs (-2)

Week 15: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Baltimore Ravens (-6)

Week 16: Baltimore Ravens at Los Angeles Chargers (-3.5)

Favorites: 6 games

Underdogs: 6 games

Pick ‘Em: 3 games

The Ravens are split in the eyes of the bookmakers. That’s not terribly surprising, considering, their over/under wins for the season averages around eight.

The schedule is front-loaded with divisional games, something that will quickly decide Baltimore’s fate. Weeks 6 through Week 9 will be one of the toughest tests for John Harbaugh’s team as they face four playoff teams from last season, two on the road.

If there’s any saving grace, five of the last eight games are at home, providing hope that the Ravens can secure a playoff berth behind the M&T Bank Stadium crowd. Not to mention, the offense has overgone a major overhaul, providing Joe Flacco with seven new pass-catching targets 

There are no excuses for the Ravens not to significantly improve on that side of the ball and ultimately earn a postseason berth in 2018.