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Baltimore Ravens 2023 Preview

Baltimore Ravens 2023 Preview. You automatically have a tough schedule if you’re in the AFC North Division. So it’s fair to have easier teams to play outside of the division – except in preseason. The Ravens take on the Eagles in their first preseason game. The most formidable team they’ll have to contend with in the regular season is the 49ers in Week 16. The Lions might also be a challenging game, especially after returning from England the week before.

Baltimore Ravens 2023 Season Schedule

Preseason games

  • Aug 12 vs. Philadelphia Eagles
  • Aug 21 at Washington Commanders
  • Aug 26 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Regular season

  • Week 1 vs. Houston Texans – Sun Sept 10
  • Week 2 at Cincinnati Bengals – Sun Sept 17
  • Week 3 vs. Indianapolis Colts – Sun Sept 24
  • Week 4 at Cleveland Browns – Sun Oct 1
  • Week 5 at Pittsburgh Steelers – Sun Oct 8
  • Week 6 at Tennessee Titans – Sun Oct 15 (London, England)
  • Week 7 vs. Detroit Lions – Sun Oct 22
  • Week 8 at Arizona Cardinals – Sun Oct 29
  • Week 9 vs. Seattle Seahawks – Sun Nov 5
  • Week 10 vs. Cleveland Browns – Sun Nov 12
  • Week 11 vs. Cincinnati Bengals – Thu Nov 16
  • Week 12 at Los Angeles Chargers – Sun Nov 26
  • Week 13 Bye
  • Week 14 vs. Los Angeles Rams – Sun Dec 10
  • Week 15 at Jacksonville Jaguars – Sun Dec 17
  • Week 16 at San Francisco 49ers – Mon Dec 25
  • Week 17 vs. Miami Dolphins – Sun Dec 31
  • Week 18 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers – TBD

Baltimore Raven’s Betting Predictions

With quarterback Lamar Jackson signing a $260M five-year deal, the coaches hope he’ll be focused and get back to his MVP level of play, or better. The Ravens have always been a good team, but they’ve put the right pieces in place to go deeper into the playoffs this year.

AFC North Division Winner Odds

            Bengals         +160

            Ravens          +220

            Browns         +400

            Steelers        +475

Ravens 2023 Season Odds

            Win Total                           from 9.5 to 10.5

            Winning the Division         +220

            Making the Playoffs           -170

            Winning the Conference   +1000

            Super Bowl                        +2000

Joe Burrow has inched past Patrick Mahomes recently in the MVP race. Jackson remains in sixth place at +1400. The quarterbacks above him have consistently played well over the years. Jackson hasn’t had that consistency since winning MVP in 2019. He’ll have to play exceptionally well this season to surpass any of them.

MVP Odds for 2023

            Player                              Odds

            Joe Burrow                      +600

            Patrick Mahomes            +650

            Josh Allen                        +750

            Justin Herbert                 +900

            Jalen Hurts                      +1100

            Lamar Jackson                 +1400

            Trevor Lawrence             +1600

            Aaron Rodgers                +1600

Focusing on the Passing Game

Jackson might be a good passer, but he hasn’t done much of it in the past. His career high is 402 attempts. Last season, 17 quarterbacks attempted at least 442 passes. Five had 600 attempts. The Baltimore staff have done their part by upgrading the receivers and getting a new offensive coordinator who focuses on the pass – Todd Monken.

Odell Beckham Jr. was previously with the Rams. He tore an ACL in the Super Bowl in the 2021 season and missed all last season in recovery as an unsigned free agent. On April 9, 2023, he signed a one-year contract with the Ravens. They are betting that the thirty-year-old still has the talent and drive he did in his short stint with the Rams.

Rashod Bateman was a first-round pick in the 2021 Draft. He has shown his talent with multiple 100+ yard games but has been plagued with injuries, most recently with his foot. If he can stay healthy, he’ll be a go-to receiver.

Baltimore’s latest first-round pick is Zay Flowers, an athletic slot receiver who can do almost anything. With this range of ability and experience, Jackson should be able to find a target for his 400+ passing attempts this season. He’s done well running the ball and throwing to the middle of the field. If he can utilize the new wide receivers, it could open up the area to create more yards and points per game.

What Will Happen to the Rushing Game?

Ravens fans might be ecstatic that Monken is in, and the team will focus on a passing game, but be careful what you wish for. When running backs J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards were in the lineup along with Jackson, they put fear in the hearts of defensive coordinators of the opposing teams.

The Ravens are the only team with a positive EPA per play on the ground in their last four seasons. That means that whenever the passing game isn’t performing as well as hoped, they can always fall back on running the ball to make positive gains. If the players can stay healthy, this could make a very well-rounded offense.  

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