Las Vegas Shows Baltimore Ravens No Respect For 2014

By Dan Abeshouse
Baltimore Ravens
Evan Habeeb-USA Today Sports

The 2013 NFL season is officially in the books as the Seattle Seahawks steamrolled the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, 43-8. As always the odds-makers in Las Vegas already came up with odds for all 32 teams of winning next year’s Super Bowl. The final four teams from this year’s playoffs have the best odds for next year as they should. The Seahawks are 7-1, Broncos 8-1, San Francisco 49ers 8-1 and New England Patriots 12-1. How about last year’s Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens though?

Vegas currently has the Ravens, along with eight other teams, at 40-1. The Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions, St Louis Rams, Houston Texans, and San Diego Chargers all share those odds.

I can understand being thought of the same as some of those teams, but the Texans and Redskins? Weren’t they the worst two teams in the league last season? I can give the Texans a pass because they’re basically a quarterback away from being competitive again. The Redskins, on the other hand, are a complete mess, and they don’t have a first-round pick this year. I don’t get why they’re in the middle of the pack as opposed to the bottom.

Another thing I found a little odd was that the Atlanta Falcons were above the Ravens at 25-1. I could see using the same argument for the Falcons as you could for the Texans. Basically saying they’re a good team that had some bad luck and bad injuries in 2013. If that’s the case, though, then why not have them in the 40-1 logjam as well? I’d be fine with that. Besides that I really have no qualms about the odds. All of the 2013 playoff teams have better odds than the Ravens as they should, and we all know these odds will change a lot after free agency, the draft, etc. We shall see.

Dan Abeshouse is a Baltimore Ravens Writer for Follow him on Twitter @Danabeshouse82, Like him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google


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