Baltimore Ravens 2010 NFL Predictions: The Ravens followed up on 2008's 11-5 record with a 9-7 mark last season. Many were surprised by the modest slide, but Baltimore still got a postseason win, taking out New England 33-14 in a Wild Card game at Foxborough. 2010 NFL Predictions at Sportsbook.com are expecting more playoff action from the Ravens this season as the team is listed at -150 moneyline odds to win the AFC North and +450 odds to win the AFC Championship.
John Harbaugh has been a stranger to failure since taking over the Ravens head coaching job in 2008, guiding the team to a 20-12 record and three playoff victories in two seasons. This year he will be saddled with the burden of expectation as football aficionados anticipate a strong playoff push from Baltimore.
Harbaugh need not shy away from the pressure, though, because his team looks primed for January, and possibly February, football. The Ravens offense, which ranked 13th in yards per game (351.2) and ninth in points per contest (24.4), brings back quarterback Joe Flacco, running back Ray Rice, and wide receiver Derrick Mason. General Manager Ozzie Newsome also signed free agent wideout Dante Stallworth and traded for All-Pro performer Anquan Boldin.
Flacco, who threw for 3613 yards and 21 touchdowns in his second season in the league, will, undoubtedly, enjoy the new weapons, especially Boldin, whose size and great hands allow him to catch passes in traffic.
Baltimore's defense has been one of the league's best for over a decade and it built on its legacy last season, finishing third in yards (300.5) and points per game allowed (16.3). A few reserves from 2009's outfit have moved on but the principal pieces (i.e. Haloti Ngata, Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs, Ed Reed) are still in place, along with some new players that should contribute immediately. The team added free agent defensive end Cory Redding and drafted Texas linebacker Sergio Kindle and Alabama defensive tackle Terrence Cody.
Baltimore Ravens 2010 NFL Predictions: 11-5, First Place AFC North. The Ravens look like the class of the division even though the Bengals and Steelers should provide a stiff challenge for the AFC North throne.
Odds to Win the AFC North -150 (one of four)
Odds to Win the AFC Championship +450 (Tied four of 16)
Odds to Win the Super Bowl +1000 (Tied four of 32)
Regular Season Win Total: Over 10 (-120), Under 10 (+100)
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