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.
Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.
1. The Ravens are hopeful Earl Thomas will be a leader for their new defense which Thomas called "very complex." "This defense is very complex compared to what we were doing in Seattle,” Thomas said to Ravens media. “We were just playing Cover-3 all the time. Now, we’re making calls on the fly. That’s the biggest adjustment for me.”
Additionally, Thomas told media members after practice that he's made "fast friends" with quarterback Lamar Jackson. "He's a very funny guy, I don't know if you all know that," Thomas said.
2. Speaking of Lamar Jackson, he reportedly had his best day of practice so far this offseason according to Ravens media. Jackson's throws looked much better and he was quick in the pocket.
July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.
The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.
Credit: Baltimore Ravens and Rotoworld for news points.
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Today, the Ravens' veteran quarterback told ESPN's The Undefeated that he's all too familiar with Durant's decision to play and subsequent injury. RG3 likened it to his own brief playoff stint in 2013. Just four weeks removed from an injury to a knee that required reconstructive surgery in college, RG3 started – only to get hit late in the fourth and watch both his season and career come to a screeching halt.
But that's not how RG3 views it.
"I was looking at it like I'm out for here for my brothers. I'm out here for my team. And that was the only place I wasnted to be."
And Griffin doesn't believe he's alone in that thought process, suggesting it was KD's mindset ahead of Game 5 as well.
"Most of us are built to fight. So whenever we get a situation where we’re a little injured or a little banged-up, our first reaction isn’t to get out of there and rest. Our first reaction is to figure out how we can keep going. That’s what makes a guy like Kevin Durant great."
It remains to be seen whether KD's recovery will be smoother than RG3's. The former Heisman Trophy winner never came close to matching his breakout rookie season, eventually losing his starting job in Washington in 2014.
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