Ravens’ Odds to Make the Playoffs Fade to -340; Is There Value in Betting Baltimore to Miss?


The NFL’s best regular-season team a year ago with a 14-2 record, the Baltimore Ravens are listed with odds of -340 just to make the NFL playoff this season. (Photo by Nicole Fridling/Icon Sportswire)

  • The Baltimore Ravens are given odds of -340 to make the 2020 NFL playoffs
  • The Ravens have lost two in a row and three of their last four games
  • Read below for an analysis of the Ravens’ odds to make the playoffs along with our prediction

Based on the pattern of the 2018 and 2019 NFL seasons, making the playoffs was never going to be a question posed regarding the Baltimore Ravens. The question put forth was would any team be able to stop Baltimore this season?

In 2018, the Kansas City Chiefs were the NFL’s best regular-season team. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was the NFL MVP. Last season, the Chiefs won the Super Bowl.

In 2019, the Ravens were an NFL-leading 14-2. Baltimore QB Lamar Jackson won the NFL MVP.

The stage was set, it appeared. Would any team be able to get in Baltimore’s way?

Instead, it’s the Ravens who can’t seem to get out of their own way. Facing the 10-0 Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday, 6-4 Baltimore trails Pittsburgh by four games in the AFC North.

The odds of the Ravens making the playoffs has lengthened to -340 in the NFL playoff odds.

Baltimore Ravens 2020 NFL Playoff Odds

Prop Yes Odds No Odds
Baltimore Ravens to Make NFL Playoffs -340 +260

Odds taken Nov. 24 at FanDuel

Baltimore was listed at average odds of -1272 to be postseason participants a week ago.

Ravens Offense Sputters

Baltimore currently sits 24th in the NFL in total offense (323.9 yards per game). The Ravens are 31st in passing offense (131.4 ypg) and 12th in scoring offense (26.8 points per game).

A year ago, they were first in scoring offense (33.2 ppg) and total offense (407.6 ypg). So, where has it all gone wrong?

For starters, two key starters are gone from the offensive line. With All-Pro guard Marshal Yanda retiring and All-Pro tackle Ronnie Stanley (ankle) out for the season, that’s left gaping holes in Baltimore’s blocking schemes.

Clearly, Jackson’s second full season as an NFL starting QB is proving to be a significant dropoff from his MVP campaign of 2019. He’s gone over 200 yards passing in just four games. Jackson did that nine times in 2019. The QB has already equaled last season’s output with six interceptions.

Jackson isn’t the only young Ravens skill-position player whose game has stagnated. Sophomore receiver Marquise Brown has caught just five balls over the past three games. He’s scored two TDs after accounting for seven a year ago.

The Ravens have also gone from #4 to #22 in the NFL in red-zone TD efficiency. They’ve become too predictable in their offensive play calling and opposing defenses look to have a better read on what Baltimore is going to do when the team comes to the line of scrimmage.

2021 AFC and NFC Championship Odds Tracker

COVID-19 Strikes

As if the Ravens weren’t dealing with enough issues, an outbreak of COVID-19 has hit the team as they prep for Thursday’s game against the Steelers. Running backs Mark Ingram and JK Dobbins have both contracted the virus and are out.

They’ve accounted for 62% of Baltimore’s running back production on the ground. Gus Edwards (376 yards) will get the bulk of the RB carries.

Baltimore leads the NFL in rushing yardage (160.5 ypg). Jackson (575 yards) is the Ravens’ leading ground gainer.

Schedule Favors Baltimore

In the hunt for one of the AFC’s three Wildcard spots among the seven playoff positions, the Ravens are currently on the outside looking in. They are the #8 seed.

The 7-3 Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns are both a game ahead of the Ravens. Baltimore lost last week to Tennessee so, the Titans would win a tiebreaker. The Ravens are 1-0 against the Browns with a second meeting slated for Dec. 14 in Cleveland.

Baltimore is among three AFC teams currently at 6-4.  The Las Vegas Raiders are ahead in the tiebreaker, with the Dolphins trailing.

The schedule-maker gives the Ravens a huge leg up in this race, however. Baltimore’s remaining six games include dates with the Dallas Cowboys (3-7), Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9), New York Giants (3-7), and a Cincinnati Bengals (2-7-1) team that will be minus rookie QB Joe Burrow.

The Ravens are 4-1 against teams with losing records this season. Baltimore should make hay in these four games. Even if the Ravens were to lose to both Pittsburgh and Cleveland, they’d still be 10-6.

That should be worthy of a playoff spot.

Pick: Yes (-340)

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