Rookies Could Make Immediate Impact for Ravens in 2022
It was a case of unfinished business for the Baltimore Ravens, who dropped five games by a total of three points during a six-game losing streak to end the season and keep the Ravens out of the postseason for the first time in four years.
The big NFL news was the trade of receiver Marquise Brown in the offseason and that will impact the way the passing offense looks in 2022.
Safety Kyle Hamilton, linebacker David Ojabo and defensive tackle Travis Jones were picked in the first three rounds as the Ravens look to tighten things up on the defensive side of the ball.
The Ravens endured a stunning amount of injuries at the running back position and now they have plenty of depth at that position led by J.K. Dobbins. Tight end Mark Andrews will continue to be one of the best players at his position.
Baltimore Ravens Future Betting Odds to win the Super Bowl LVII
|Rot||Odds to Win Super Bowl LVII||Moneyline|
|102||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+850|
|103||Kansas City Chiefs||+750|
|104||Los Angeles Rams||+1200|
|105||Green Bay Packers||+1000|
|106||Los Angeles Chargers||+2000|
|107||San Francisco 49ers||+1800|
|118||Las Vegas Raiders||+7500|
|119||New Orleans Saints||+6000|
|120||New England Patriots||+7000|
|126||New York Giants||+10000|
|131||New York Jets||+25000|
Baltimore Ravens Future Betting Odds to win AFC Conference
|Rot||Odds to win AFC Conference||Moneyline|
|222||Kansas City Chiefs||+350|
|223||Los Angeles Chargers||+1100|
|231||Las Vegas Raiders||+4000|
|232||New England Patriots||+4000|
|235||New York Jets||+12500|
Baltimore Ravens Future Betting Odds to Win the North Division
Baltimore Ravens Future Betting Odds to win the Regular Season
|ROT||BALTIMORE RAVENS- 2022-2023 NFL REGULAR SEASON WINS||MONEYLINE|
|1201||Over 9½ Wins||-180|
|1202||Under 9½ Wins||+150|
Baltimore Ravens Future Betting Odds to Make the Playoffs
|Rot||Baltimore Ravens to make the playoffs||Moneyline|
One piece of business that needs to be taken care of is getting quarterback Lamar Jackson signed to an extension. Keeping Jackson healthy will be key after he missed five games with Baltimore going 1-4 in those games. That certainly factors into the future betting odds for the Baltimore Ravens.
Marquise Brown and Sammy Watkins, who ranked first and third among the outside pass catchers in receiving yards a season ago, are both gone so there will be some adjustments for Jackson when he drops back to pass.
The draft pick acquired for Brown turned into interior offensive lineman Tyler Linderbaum and 6-foot-8 tackle Daniel Faalele was also added through the draft as Baltimore tries to limit the number of hits Jackson takes.
Is former MVP Jackson Ready to Take the Next Step?
- Passing Yards: 3550.5
- Touchdowns: 24.5
- Interceptions: 12.5
Jackson went from throwing 36 touchdowns in 2019 to 26 in 2020 and only 16 in 12 games during the 2021 season. The process of having Jackson make the right decision of when to stay in the pocket and find open receivers down the field and when to use his running ability to make something out of a busted play is next on his to-do list. If he shows improvement in that area, that certainly should positively impact the Baltimore Raven’s future betting odds.
The running game could be among the tops in the NFL, but for Baltimore to take that next step, Jackson will need to improve as a passer. The coaching staff will also need to trust that Jackson can make plays with not only his feet but with his arm as well.
Plenty of Options at Running Back Position for Ravens
The amount of talent at the running back position that couldn’t play during the 2021 season was hard to believe with J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards among the players who missed the 2021 season due to injury. Even with so many missing backs, the Baltimore Ravens stats had them as one of the top running teams in the NFL a season ago.
While Edwards is not certain to be ready by the time the regular season starts, there is plenty of buzz about the potential of Dobbins heading into the 2022 campaign.
Dobbins Appears Ready to Break out for Ravens
- Rushing Yards: 875.5
- Rushing Touchdowns: 8.5 (+100o)
Dobbins averaged six yards per carrying as a rookie in 2020. He still has some work to do before he is cleared for the start of the regular season, but he has a chance to emerge into the go-to back for the Ravens.
His touchdown total could be impacted by the presence of Jackson in the same backfield, but it seems more of a case of ‘when and not if’ Dobbins emerges into a 1,000-yard rusher. Dobbins is currently flying a bit under the radar according to the NFL’s future betting odds.
- Rushing Yards: 900.5
- Rushing Touchdowns: 6.5 (-105o)
The Baltimore coaches have a tough task. First, Jackson is such a dynamic runner that limiting his rushing attempts could hurt the offense. The other aspect is whether Jackson can stay healthy running as often as he does.
The projection of 900.5 yards certainly makes sense as Jackson ran for more than 1,000 yards in both 2019 and 2020. Is he headed for another 1,000-yard season?
Dobbins is being touted as a potential breakout player so if he is featured in the running game, perhaps that will cut into the rushing attempts for Jackson.
Bateman is Set to Become the No. 1 Outside Receiver for Baltimore
- Receptions: 71.5
- Receiving Yards: 825.5
- Receiving Touchdowns: 5.5 (-110o)
Bateman is a bit of an unknown. The 2021 first-round pick was clearly behind Andrews and Brown in the pecking order. With Brown now with the Cardinals, Bateman’s workload figures to increase.
Bateman only topped the 60-yard mark three times in 12 games as a rookie. That figures to change in 2022 as Bateman should be the Ravens’ top outside receiver.
- Receptions: 84.5 (even odds to go over)
- Receiving Yards: 1000.5 (-125o)
- Receiving Touchdowns: 8.5
Even before Brown was traded away, there was a connection between Jackson and Andrews. Andrews easily led the Ravens by being targeted 153 times. He pulled down 107 of them as he had 1,351 receiving yards during a spectacular 2021 season.
Andrews has caught 26 touchdowns over the last three seasons. Jackson’s running ability tends to eat into the red zone targets for all the receivers, but when he is looking into the end zone, more often than not, Andrews is the player he is searching for.