Although the NFL regular season doesnt begin for another month, plenty of opinions are circulating about what to expect.
The people at Bovada, the online sports book, have put some numbers behind their opinions and they arent numbers to warm the hearts of the Ravens or their fans
The Pittsburgh Steelers are listed as 54 favorites to win the AFC North, ahead of the Ravens at 1310 odds.
The New England Patriots are 3-1 favorites to repeat as AFC champions, followed by the Houston Texans as the 112 second choice and then the Steelers, Ravens and Denver Broncos, all at 7-1.
Thats not a lot of love for a Baltimore team that went undefeated against its AFC North rivals in capturing the division title in 2011, then came within a dropped pass and botched field goal of possibly advancing to the Super Bowl.
Although Bovada provided no comments with its figures, some oddsmakers seemingly believe the Ravens have too much to overcome this year between the loss of Terrell Suggs and one of the leagues toughest schedules.
The Green Bay Packers are listed as 61 favorites to win the Super Bowl, followed by the Patriots (132), San Francisco 49ers (101), Houston Texans (121), Philadelphia Eagles (121), Steelers (161), Broncos (161) and Chicago Bears (161). The Ravens are lumped at 18-1 along with the New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys and defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants.