Ravens 2016 Super Bowl Odds Improving


Jan 29, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; General view of Super Bowl XLVII championship ring to commemorate the Baltimore Ravens 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on February 3, 2013 on display at the NFL Experience at the Phoenix Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sport

Picking the eventual Super Bowl champion before the season even begins is a little bit of a fruitless exercise.  Much like playing darts while blind folded, the odds of success are relatively low.  Still, we do it because it’s fun to speculate.

It’s also a good way to gauge the confidence various experts have in different teams and their newly refreshed rosters and/or coaching staffs.  Especially at this time of year, as teams head into training camp with exciting rookies and freshly signed free agents on the roster.

The Ravens have, by all accounts, had a pretty productive offseason.  One could argue that they have addressed their weaknesses and added viable insurance in case things don’t pan out as planned.  It’s an improvement over last offseason, when our worries about a paper thin secondary came to life.

Those moves have also resulted in a bit of an uptick in the Ravens’ odds of winning the 2016 Super Bowl, at least in the eyes of Las Vegas expert oddsmaker Bovada.  Roughly a month ago they pegged the Ravens with 30-1 odds to win it all, and now give them a 25-1 shot.

The Ravens are still a measly tenth in the rankings, behind less proven squads like the Cardinals, Colts, and Eagles (two of which have never even won a Super Bowl).  And they’re only two spots ahead of the Bills and three above the Bengals.

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The top five spots are essentially unchanged, with the Green Bay Packers (5/1) still favorites, followed by the Seattle Seahawks (13/2), Indianapolis Colts (8/1), New England Patriots (10/1), and Dallas Cowboys (12/1).

If nothing else, it’s an interesting list, and we have to give Vegas some credit for giving the Ravens a little bump.  But in the overall scheme of things, it’s obvious that this is a team that is once again vastly underrated and ignored.  Until January rolls around, that is.

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