Two of the league’s premier franchise clash in a Week 1 matchup that NFL fans will keep their eye on. Baltimore, Super Bowl champions in 2012, and Denver, winners of four straight AFC West Division titles, square off in a season-opening Sunday game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Ravens vs Broncos odds for the week 1 AFC conference battle have Denver favored at home by 5-points against Baltimore while NFL picks for week 1 on the over/under are posted at a high scoring 48½. Despite those four straight division championships, the Broncos dumped head coach John Fox, now the head man in Chicago. Gary Kubiak, the former offensive coordinator in Baltimore, is the head coach in Denver and has adapted his zone run-based offense to future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning.
The 18-year veteran is finally healthy (a quadriceps injury hampered him in 2014) and the Broncos have a plan in place for resting the five-time league MVP throughout the season. Manning still has plenty of weapons surrounding him including wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryious Thomas. Both Sanders and Thomas recorded over 1,400 yards receiving in 2014 and are primed to do it again. The Broncos did lose one of the game’s better receiving tight ends in Julius Thomas, but gained former Raven Owen Daniel. The Broncos running game will undoubtedly be better as Kubiak brings his philosophy to a capable set of backs led by C.J. Anderson, Montee Ball, and Ronnie Hillman. Both Hillman and Ball suffered injuries last season, so having depth at the position, which Denver does, is a key to covering the point spread as favorites in Ravens vs Broncos odds. Baltimore will be Baltimore again in 2015 featuring a run-stopping defense, a strong ground game, and the heady play of veteran Super Bowl-winning quarterback Joe Flacco. The Ravens lost All-Pro nose tackle Haloti Ngata, but last year’s first-round draft pick Timmy Jernigan appears ready to take over.
The linebacking corps is solid with Terrell Suggs and Courtney Upshaw on the outside and future star C.J. Mosley and Daryl Smith on the inside. The Ravens secondary is solid and is going to have to play well against arguably the league’s best quarterback and one-two receiving tandem if they are to cover the spread as five point underdogs in NFL picks for Ravens vs Broncos odds. The last time Manning faced the Ravens, he threw for 462 yards and seven touchdowns. The Ravens offense still has Justin Forsett (1,266 yards, eight TDs) and 15-year veteran wide receiver Steve Smith, who is coming off a season where he caught 79 passes for 1,065 yards. They will also have first round draft pick Breshad Perriman but not for the season opener. Perriman suffered a sprained knee in the preseason. Regardless, the Ravens will still have to face a very good Denver defense led by DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller. The week 1 season opener (Sunday, September 13th) between the Ravens and Broncos can be seen live on CBS at 4:25pm EST from Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
When it comes to the regular season, teams in the AFC North know how to win games. In fact, three teams in the division won a minimum of ten games last year. As you can expect, those same teams are favored in 2015 AFC North odds to win with predictions favoring the Baltimore Ravens (+190) followed by the Cincinnati Bengals (+220), the Pittsburgh Steelers (+190) and the Cleveland Browns (+900). Although it was the Steelers who last year's title, it is the Ravens who are favored to do so in 2015 despite only winning the division twice since 2008 with their most recent during the 2012-13 season when they hoisted the Lombardi trophy in victory.
As with their Super Bowl victory, defense always plays an important role in regular season in playoff wins. That being said, Baltimore finished last year with six different defensive backs on injured reserved. Head coach John Harbaugh should have better luck at the start of the 2015-16 season with a healthy Jimmy Smith, Lardarius Webb and Will Hill who averaged 4.6-tackles in the last eight games of the season. Replacing the big defensive tackle Haloti Ngata with Timmy Jernigan however will be a difficult task.
The Cincinnati Bengals are a solid selection in 2015 AFC North odds to win, that is of course as long as Andy Dalton is behind center. Dalton finished last year throwing 3,398-yards for 19-touchdowns and an 83.5-quarterback rating with most of his TD's settling softly in the hands of A.J. Green who returns for his fifth season. Green will also be complimented by Mohamed Sanu who recorded 5-touchdowns during last year's campaign. The Bengals defense will be the key to Cincinnati getting over their "playoff hump." The trio of Michael Johnson, Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins will need to be a formidable force upfront while cornerbacks Leon Hall and Adam Jones must secure the secondary for Cincinnati to have a chance of winning the division.
And then there are the Cleveland Browns. After putting their hopes in Johnny "football" Manziel and striking out horribly, the Browns picked up Josh McCown from the Buccaneers to be the signal caller this year. The offense will be missing the speed of Josh Gordon serving a year-long suspension due to drug related suspensions but should have an interesting trio of Dwayne Bowe (Chiefs), Brian Hartline (Dolphins) and Terrelle Pryor (Seahawks) attempting to pick up the slack. On the defense, first round draft pick Danny Shelton (Washington) should make an immediate impact at the line of scrimmage while the free agent signing of CB Traymon Williams (Packers) and experience of Justin Gilbert must live up to their potential for Cleveland to reach the playoffs.
The Pittsburgh Steelers went a profitable 11-5 SU and 9-7 ATS last season to win the AFC North title but could be in for a bit of regression this year despite what handicapping predictions are claiming. Yes, the offensive will still have Ben Roethlisberger at QB, running back LeVeon Bell after serving a two game suspension for marijuana use and wide receiver Antonio Brown terrorizing the sideline but what about the defense? The Steelers did draft three defensive backs to address their riddled backfield after losing Troy Polamalu, Ike Taylor and Brice McCain this offseason but the inexperience of the young secondary does not warrant any favorable wagers in 2015 AFC North odds.
The Baltimore Ravens have made the playoffs in six of the seven season in which John Harbaugh has been their head coach. With the Ravens defense returning to Top 10 form in 2014, there is no reason to suspect that Baltimore will not return to the postseason in 2014. In fact NFL odds at sportsbooks have listed the Ravens as a respectable 25/1 longshot in predictions to win the Super Bowl, 12/1 to win the AFC Championship and +190 favorites to win the AFC North. By all accounts, Baltimore has a legitimate chance of making a run to the championship that is until you consider what the organization lost in the offseason.
Offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak left to become the new head coach in Denver. Nose tackle Haloti Ngata is now in Detroit and wide receivers Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones have new homes. Owen Daniels, one of the league’s up-and-coming tight ends, followed Kubiak to Denver. There is no doubt that the Baltimore Ravens lost some key pieces to their roster. Still, the cupboard is not bare, especially on offense. Quarterback Joe Flacco returns after throwing for 3,986 yards and 27 touchdowns last season. Flacco is strong-armed and smart, traits that have helped him become one of the league’s most unheralded quarterbacks. They also helped him earn a Super Bowl ring and huge contract.
Flacco still has one of the league’s more formidable weapons in 36-year-old wide receiver Steve Smith. Smith, who will be playing in his 15th NFL season, finished last year with 79 receptions for 1,065 yards. The Ravens drafted Breshad Perriman (6-2, 212) out of Central Florida to replace Smith. Perriman is basically a faster version of Smith, reportedly having run the 40-yard dash in under 4.3 seconds. Baltimore also drafted tight end Maxx Williams from Minnesota. Williams is a complete tight end who could wind up contributing greatly since the future of Dennis Pitta (hip injuries) is still in doubt.
The Ravens defense will likely carry them to the playoffs and possibly a 2015 AFC North title. The pair of Elvis Dumervil (17) and Terrell Suggs (12) combined for 29 sacks last season. Linebacker C.J. Mosely is quietly becoming one of the NFL’s best at the position. Baltimore plays in what might again be the toughest division in NFL odds, the AFC North. Three teams – Baltimore, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh – made the playoffs last season. The Ravens will find out very quickly where they are this season when they open the season with Kubiak and Denver and then take on both the Steelers and the Bengals in the first four weeks of the 2015 season.
Ravens Update (9/11/15): Baltimore are now +2000 favorites in Super Bowl predictions, +900 to win the AFC Conference and +130 to win the AFC North.
With Super Bowl XLIX in the books, it’s never too early to start looking ahead. Super Bowl 50 will take place on Feb. 7, 2016, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Even after missing out on a chance for back-to-back championship titles, the Seattle Seahawks are still a heavy favorite to make it back and win the next Lombardi Trophy. 2016 Super Bowl odds list head coach Pete Carroll’s squad as 6/1 favorites to win it all. There are six franchises that will have new head coaches when the 2015 season begins. One of those, Jim Tomsula, will have the unique opportunity to become the first to lead his team to a championship game and play on the team’s home field since the 49ers play at Levi’s Stadium.
It will not be easy for San Francisco however listed as 40/1 longshots since coming off a very mediocre 8-8 season, will have a new coaching staff and a roster loaded with free agents. This offseason will have a big impact on what Tomsula and 49ers are able to do next year. Making it even more difficult for San Francisco is the fact that the NFC West Division is most likely the toughest in the NFL. The Arizona Cardinals finished the regular season 11-5 with a rotation of average quarterbacks. Head coach Bruce Arians was rewarded with NFL Coach of the Year honors and is already claiming that his team will be the NFC representative next year. That being said, bookmakers feel differently listing the Cardinals as 25/1 longshots in 2016 Super Bowl odds to hoist the Lombardi.
Add in an improving St. Louis Rams (33/1), who will get QB Sam Bradford back, and all the teams in the NFC West will have their work cut out for them to simply win the division. The Green Bay Packers (7/1) were an onside kick away from playing in Arizona this year and with league MVP Aaron Rodgers back behind center, 2016 could be the year of the cheese heads. In the AFC, the favorites are, of course, the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots (17/2) and the Denver Broncos (12/1). Denver is one of those six teams with new head coaches.
Gary Kubiak, who served as an assistant with the Broncos in the past, takes over and will await whether or not quarterback Peyton Manning decides to retire. Other teams to watch in 2016 Super Bowl odds include the Dallas Cowboys at 10/1, Indianapolis Colts at 8/1, Philadelphia Eagles at 20/1 with the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers listed at 25/1.
Only eight teams remain in the quest for the NFL’s ultimate goal – a Super Bowl championship. Of the eight contenders, five are right back where they were last year (Carolina, Denver, Indianapolis, New England, and Seattle). There are 16 different possible exact matchups in betting odds to win the 2015 Super Bowl. Let's take a look at the top four possible pairings that could play at the University of Phoenix Stadium come February 1st.
Scenario 1: A Denver - Seattle Rematch
Only once before have two teams played in a Super Bowl one year and then returned to face each other the next. Dallas and Buffalo did it in 1992 and 1993 and neither game was very close. Denver, which was blown out by Seattle last year, upgraded its defense last off-season. Peyton Manning, the 38-year-old Broncos QB, would love another shot at the coveted ring. Super Bowl betting odds have a Broncos vs Seahawks title game at 4/1.
Scenario 2: New England - Seattle
It would make sense that the top seed in each conference advances to the Super Bowl. Both teams battled questions about how good they really were early in the season. The Patriots were 2-2 at one point and Seattle was 3-3. Both teams finished the season 12-4. This would be a great match-up between New England’s passing game against the NFL’s best secondary in Seattle. Superbowl betting odds for a Patriots vs Seahawks championship game at 9/4.
Scenario 3: Denver - Green Bay
Fans of offense would love this match-up. The Broncos and Packers are the two highest scoring teams in the NFL. The problem here is that Green Bay would have to beat Seattle. Still, a Broncos - Packers matchup would be entertaining and does have some history. In 1998, Denver QB John Elway led the Broncos to a 31-24 upset of Green Bay in Super Bowl XXXII. NFL betting odds for the Broncos vs Packers to play on February 1st are 9/1.
Scenario 4: Baltimore - Seattle
Will a wild card team play to win the Lombardi trophy this season? If one does, the Ravens are probably the best bet. Baltimore finished 10-6 in the league’s toughest division, the AFC North. The game would be a battle between two of the league’s best defenses and would give Baltimore running back Justin Forsett a chance to one-up his former team. Superbowl XLIX odds for a Ravens vs Seahawks match-up are set at a longshot price of 16/1.
2015 Super Bowl XLIX Exact Matchup Odds:
New England Patriots vs Green Bay Packers 11/2
New England Patriots vs Dallas Cowboys 9/1
New England Patriots vs Carolina Panthers 25/1
Denver Broncos vs Dallas Cowboys 12/1
Denver Broncos vs Carolina Panthers 40/1
Indianapolis Colts vs Seattle Seahawks 14/1
Indianapolis Colts vs Green Bay Packers 28/1
Indianapolis Colts vs Dallas Cowboys 45/1
Indianapolis Colts vs Carolina Panthers 100/1
Baltimore Ravens vs Green Bay Packers 28/1
Baltimore Ravens vs Dallas Cowboys 50/1
Baltimore Ravens vs Carolina Panthers 125/1
It’s another Ravens vs Patriots playoff showdown and history just might be with the visitors. The last time the two AFC foes met in the postseason was the 2012 conference championship. That game was also played at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. The result was a 28-13 Ravens victory on the way to a Super Bowl title. Can the Ravens possibly do it again? Absolutely. Head coach John Harbaugh has once again pieced together a ferocious defense, one that shut down Pittsburgh, the NFL’s No. 7 scoring offense, in last week’s wild card game. That being said, Ravens vs Patriots odds for NFL playoffs betting favor New England by a touchdown (-7) when they host Baltimore on January 10th while the over/under total has been set at 48. Gamblers looking to play the moneyline will need to risk -290 on the Patriots while an upset by Baltimore would return +245 on a $100 wager.
Although bookmakers in Vegas might have Baltimore listed as underdogs, no-one can deny that over the course of the past five games, the Ravens defense has allowed just two touchdowns and limited offenses to just 15 field goals. The return of nose tackle Haloti Ngata only enhances the league’s No. 4 rush defense (88.3 yards per game). Brady finished his 15th regular season with 4,109 passing yards and 33 touchdowns. He led a piecemeal offense that, for the most part, had an ineffective running game and, minus TE Rob Gronkowski, zero big-name receivers. The question that Brady will have to answer if the Patriots are to cover the 7-point spread in Ravens vs Patriots odds will be if he can outplay the Ravens Joe Flacco. The Baltimore QB has outplayed the future Hall of Famer in the teams’ last two playoff meetings – the 2011 and previously mentioned 2012 AFC Championship games. Flacco completed nearly 60 percent of his passes for 546 yards and five touchdowns for a passer rating of 100.8.
The big difference between the two is the four interceptions that Brady threw in those two games. Brady will have to play much better if New England is to move on to another AFC title game. While Baltimore has proven that it can win on the road and in Foxboro, the Patriots are still tough to beat in their home stadium. Since 2008, New England is 53-10 at home, including the postseason. The Patriots lost just one game at home this season, their finale against Buffalo a game in which several starters saw just limited action. Recent wagering trends for Ravens vs Patriots odds have New England going 6-3 ATS overall and 4-1 ATS when playing at home while the total has paid out the UNDER in six of their last eight. Conversely, with 59% of the public action taking Baltimore plus the points in NFL playoffs betting it is important to note that the Ravens are just 4-6-2 against the point-spread when facing Brady and Co. and 3-4-2 against vs the chalk when playing in New England.
The two AFC North rivals meet once again in the wild card round. The Steelers and Ravens split in their regular season meetings this season with Pittsburgh winning the most recent, 43-23, back on Nov. 2. The Steelers are on somewhat of a roll entering the postseason having won their last four games to capture the AFC North Division title while Baltimore went 3-1 with a 13-25 road loss at the Houston Texans. That being said, NFL playoffs betting odds have the Steelers favored by 3-points vs the Ravens for the AFC wild card game while the over/under total has been listed at 46. Gamblers looking to take Pittsburgh on the moneyline would need to risk -160 while Baltimore would return +140 for the upset. When these two teams meet, there is no question that the game will be a knock-down, drag-out, old school smash-mouth football game.
This season, the Steelers are incredibly dynamic on offense. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wound up tied for the NFL lead in passing yards with 4,952. Running back Le’Veon Bell finished second in the league in rushing with 1,361 yards. It will Bell’s status that will be a focus during the week of preparation. Bell was hit by Bengals defensive back Reggie Nelson in the second half and did not play the rest of the game. If the 6-1, 240-pound Bell cannot go, the Steelers will have to rely on rookies Josh Davis and Dri Archer. Baltimore is built similarly to Pittsburgh – strong run defense, powerful running game, and a solid quarterback. The Ravens are fourth in the league in run defense allowing just 88.3 yards a game. The key to Baltimore covering the 3-point spread as underdogs in NFL playoffs betting will be Justin Forsett who has been one of the bigger surprises in the league this year. The seventh-year pro rushed for 1.266 yards during the regular season.
Ravens QB Joe Flacco has a Super Bowl ring under his belt and would like nothing more than to get back to the big game. He threw for 3,986 yards and 27 touchdowns this year and with veteran wide receiver Steve Smith (79 rec., 1,065 yards) involved, the Ravens passing game is in good hands. The Ravens and Steelers have met three times previously in the playoffs. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and the rest of his squad are hoping this one ends up just like those previous three. They were all Pittsburgh victories. Recent wagering trends for NFL playoffs betting on the AFC wild card game have the Steelers going 4-1 ATS in their last five match-ups against Baltimore while the Ravens have gone a worrisome 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games when playing Pittsburgh at Heinz Field.
Year in and year out, the Ravens-Steelers match-up is one of the most hard-hitting, physical games on the schedule. This one will be no different when the two rivals go at it on Sunday night football. The game can be seen live from Heinz Field on NBC with kick-off time set for 8:30pm EST. NFL betting in Vegas for Ravens at Steelers odds slightly favor Baltimore by 1-point on the road with an over/under total of 48. The Steelers, who looked to be headed nowhere after a Week 6 loss to Cleveland, have now won two straight and looked impressive in both wins. In a 51-34 win over Indianapolis last week, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger became the first quarterback in the history of the NFL with two 500-yard passing games.
Roethlisberger was 40-for-49 for 522 yards and six touchdowns in the big win. The Steelers QB will have to do more of the same against a stingy Baltimore defense. In the two teams’ Week 2 matchup, the Ravens did not allow the Steelers a touchdown and held Pittsburgh to 301 yards of offense. The Steelers will have to put the ball in the end zone if they are to beat Baltimore. That will be easier said than done. The Ravens yield just 90 rushing yards a game and, if history is any indication, have beaten the Steelers in five of the last seven meetings. The Ravens at Steelers series has been split over the past two seasons. Baltimore swept Pittsburgh in 2011 and will look to do the same Sunday night.
Pittsburgh is on a two-game roll of which both games were played on the familiar Heinz Field turf. Sunday night’s game will be held there as well. The Steelers are 3-1 at home this year and, like Baltimore, need a win to stay alive in the hunt for a division title. The winner will keep pace with Cincinnati (4-2-1), but the loser could wind up in last place behind Cleveland. Vegas is reporting that 52% of the gambling action is on the Ravens laying the points while 57% of the wagers is on the UNDER. Recent NFL betting trends have Baltimore going 5-2 both SU and ATS in their last seven games but "purple pain" have gone a dismal 3-6 SU when playing on the road. Although underdogs, Pittsburgh has been a profitable team thus far in the season going 8-3 SU in their last eleven games, 11-5 against the spread in their last sixteen and 7-3 ATS when playing at Heinz Field.
With two of the best quarterbacks in the league going head to head on Sunday, one of the most anticipated games on the NFL week 9 schedule will feature Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos (6-1) traveling to face Tom Brady and the New England Patriots (6-2). The Broncos at Patriots has a kick-off time of 4:25pm EST and can be seen live on CBS from Gillette Stadium. Denver currently sits in 1st place of the AFC West and has won their last four games while New England is atop the AFC East and will also be looking to win their fifth straight. NFL betting odds for week 9 have listed the Broncos at 3.5-point favorites on the road against the Patriots with an over/under total of 55.5. Both teams have been profitable against the spread heading into Sunday's showdown with Denver going 4-1 ATS on the road while New England has gone 9-3 ATS when playing at Gillette.
Two teams still searching for their identities will have the chance to define their season on Sunday night when Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens (5-3) travel for an AFC North battle against Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3). The Ravens at Steelers will meet at Heinz Field for Sunday night football on NBC at 8:30pm EST. Both teams carry identical record and share 1st place of the division but it is the Ravens who will be looking to bounce back from last week's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals (24-27) while the Steelers attempt to win their third straight game. Although bookmakers in Vegas opened favoring Baltimore by 1.5-points, the line has since dropped to a PK with an NFL betting total of 48. Heading into week 9, recent wagering trends have the Ravens going 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games while Pittsburgh has gone 7-3 ATS when playing at home.
In perhaps the most profitable games for gamblers this week, Monday night football will feature Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts traveling up north for a meeting with Eli Manning and the New York Giants (3-4). The Colts at Giants will kick-off from MetLife Stadium at 8:30pm EST in a game that can be seen live on ESPN. After winning five straight games, Indianapolis suffered a tough loss last Sunday against the Steelers (34-51) but still own 1st place in the AFC South. The Giants who are currently in 3rd place of the NFC East, will be coming off a BYE week looking to end a two game losing streak. Surprisingly enough, NFL betting odds only favor the Colts by 3.5-point on the road while the total has been posted at a high-scoring 51. Monday night football trends have Indianapolis going 8-3 against the spread in their last eleven MNF appearances while New York has gone a perfect 7-0 when coming off a BYE week.
Heading into this week's Thursday night football match-up between the Steelers and Ravens, all the sports talk has been related to the video of former running back Ray Rice slugging his then fiancée in the face and knocking her out cold. We at SportsOdds-News refuse to give Rice any more publicity then has already been levied and will report only on the game at hand. That being said, the Pittsburgh Steelers will look to remain undefeated (1-0, 0-1 ATS) when they travel to face the Baltimore Ravens (0-1, 0-1 ATS) at M&T Bank Stadium on Thursday night. The game is schedule to kick-off at 8:25pm EST and can be seen live on CBS or the NFL Network.
NFL week 2 predictions have the Ravens as field goal (-3) favorites at home against the Steelers with an over/under wagering total being posted at 44. Baltimore had a scoreless first half against the Cincinnati Bengals last week which proved too much to overcome falling 16-23 in the season opener. The Ravens failed to cover the spread as 1-point favorites and dropped to 1-5 ATS in their last six games. Quarterback Joe Flacco had a slow start but managed to finish the day throwing 345-yards which included an 80-yard touchdown pass to Steve Smith. In Rice's absence, running back Justin Forsett scrambled for 70-yards and a touchdown while Smith totaled 118-yards through the air.
The Steelers managed a fourth quarter field goal to hold off the Cleveland Browns 30-27 in their home opener at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh also failed to cover the spread as 5.5-point betting favorites and dropped to 4-2 ATS in their last six road games. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger led the comeback against the Browns throwing a total of 365-yards and a touchdown while running back Le'Veon Bell had a total of 197-yards which led to a game winning 41-yard field-goal by Shaun Suisham. Despite failing to cover the spread against Cleveland, the Steelers have still been a profitable option heading into NFL week 2 predictions as underdogs having gone 4-1 SU in their last five games and 7-2 ATS in their last nine.