NFL Picks: Baltimore Ravens Win Totals & Game-by-Game Predictions

Nikki Adams

Saturday, May 30, 2015 8:14 PM GMT

The Baltimore Ravens are favored to clinch the AFC North crown this season, but according to Vegas Season Win Totals it figures to be a tight race in the division over the course of the 17 weeks of the regular season. Let's see how the Ravens will fare in our early game-by-game predictions.

AFC North Division One Of The Toughest
Last season, three representatives of the AFC North advanced into the NFL playoffs. This season expectations run high even though the entire field has received the toughest set of NFL schedules

Although the Steelers and the Bengals have drawn the proverbial short stick earning the first and second worst schedules, respectively, boasting winning percentages upwards of 0.560. And the Browns have the 9th ranked NFL schedule with a 0.543 winning percentage. The Ravens have received no favors either with an 11th ranked schedule that boasts a 0.539 winning percentage.

Right out of the gates, the Ravens will be faced with a stiff challenge in Denver before facing three other playoff teams in the ensuing seven weeks of NFL betting. That said, a favorable week 9 bye opens the path to a slightly easier midpoint of the season with four games against sides that finished .500 or less, before a final four-game stretch that looms challenging with Seattle, Kansas, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. 

Last season, odds makers projected an 8.5 season win total line which the Ravens cracked behind a 10-6 SU finish. That result fell exactly in line with our 2014 Season Win Total Predictions for the Ravens. It's worth noting, however, that the Ravens had the fourth easiest NFL schedule last year with a 0.461 winning percentage.

It's going to be a much tougher ask this season with the 11th ranked schedule to crack the slightly higher projected win total of 9 across sports betting platforms like Bovada. Here's our game-by-game predictions for the Ravens in 2015, complete with our NFL picks for the season win totals. 

 

Week 1: vs. Denver (road), Sunday, Sept 13 at 4:25 PM
Right out of the gates, the Baltimore Ravens are to be reunited with former offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, now head coach of the Denver Broncos. This is a tough opening game for the Ravens against Peyton Manning on the road. Combined with the knowledge Kubiak has from working with the Ravens, Denver has to be the smart NFL pick.

NFL Pick: Loss
Record: 0-1

 

Week 2: vs. Oakland (road), Sunday, Sept 20 at 4:05 PM
For a second straight week the Baltimore Ravens are on the road against an AFC West opponent. This time, the NFL odds shouldn't be stacked against them. Oakland Raiders figure to be a much better team this season, but not by a whole lot. The Oakland Raiders went winless last season for 11 straight games before finally breaking duck against the Chiefs. A win in Oakland for the Ravens should be in the NFL betting card.

NFL Pick: Win
Record: 1-1

 

Week 3: vs. Cincinnati (home), Sunday, Sept 27 at 1 PM
In week 3 NFL betting, the Baltimore Ravens open the season at home against a divisional opponent, the Cincinnati Bengals. Last season, the Ravens surprisingly lost their home opener in week 1 to the Bengals 23-16. They also lost the reverse in Cincinnati in week 8 NFL betting 27-24. That said, the win in Baltimore marked Andy Dalton's first win on the road against the Ravens in four meetings. Look for the Ravens to re-establish their dominance over Dalton.

NFL Pick: Win
Record: 2-1

 

Week 4: vs. Pittsburgh (road), Thursday, Oct 1 at 8:25 PM
This is going to be a tough ask on the road, a second straight divisional rival, third road game in the first month of the NFL and a third 2014 playoff team in the first four games of the season. And if that isn't difficult enough, it's a Thursday Night game. A short week. Talk about getting no favors from the NFL schedulers. The Pittsburgh Steelers will have Le'Veon Bell back for game 5 as his three-game suspension expires. Last season, the Ravens lost to the Steelers 43-23.

NFL Pick: Loss
Record: 2-2

 

Week 5: vs. Cleveland (home), Sunday, Oct 11 at 1 PM
A second straight divisional rival in as many weeks is slated for week 5 NFL betting. Fortunately, for the Ravens it's the suspect Cleveland Browns and they are playing on their home turf. The Browns have yet to beat the Harbaugh-led Ravens in seven attempts. No reason to assume that will change at this point.

NFL Pick: Win
Record: 3-2

 

Week 6: vs. San Francisco (road), Sunday, Oct 18 at 4:25 PM
This used to be a familial affair for John Harbaugh but since his brother Jim parted ways with the 49ers at the end of the season for the greener pastures of College Football, this should be a straightforward opponent without too much sentiment and brotherly handicaps. It's hard to predict what to expect in this game with all the changes the 49ers underwent. Nevertheless, Colin Kaepernick and Joe Flacco squared off in a sensational Super Bowl 2012 clash and it should be an interesting re-match between the pair. On paper, the Ravens look to have the edge right now with a seasoned coach and a stronger team. But this could be one of those fluke results that go against conventional wisdom. After all, games aren't played on paper.

NFL Pick: Loss
Record: 3-3

 

Week 7: vs. Arizona (road), Monday, Oct 26 at 8:30 PM
This marks the fifth away game in the first seven weeks for the Ravens. While it's a slightly longer week with a Monday Night football date, it's still the very capable Arizona Cardinals that they'll be facing on the road. If Carson Palmer is healthy, he could be the difference between a win and loss at home for the Cardinals.

NFL Pick: Loss
Record: 3-4

 

Week 8: vs. San Diego (home), Sunday, Nov 1 at 1 PM
The Ravens finally return home in week 8 NFL betting to face off against Philip Rivers and the Chargers. Last year, the Ravens lost a narrow one to the Chargers at home 34-33 in the dying seconds of the game. The Ravens get their payback this time.

NFL Pick: Win
Record: 4-4

 

Week 9: Bye

 

Week 10: vs. Jacksonville (home), Sunday, Nov 15 at 1PM
Rested and refreshed after a well deserved week 9 bye, the Ravens are faced with a four-game stretch that is particularly winnable. This part of the NFL schedule must be circled as a must-win stretch to collect maximum wins, if they are to make the playoffs. The revamped Jaguars are headed in the right direction, but these up-and-comers are going to find it hard to beat Joe Flacco and Company.

NFL Pick: Win
Record: 5-4

 

Week 11: vs. St. Louis (home), Sunday, Nov 22 at 1 PM
St. Louis figures to be a better team this season. How much better remains to be seen with Nick Foles now calling the shots. It's a second home game for the Ravens as they start to buckle down for the final push. The Rams defense could give Joe Flacco headaches, but Foles doesn't have the offensive weapons Flacco has.

NFL Pick: Win
Record: 6-4

 

Week 12: vs. Cleveland (road), Monday, Nov 30 at 8:30 PM
The Ravens head to Cleveland looking to wrap up a series sweep in week 12 NFL betting. Who knows what the quarterback situation is going to be at this stage of the season. It shouldn't matter as the Ravens roll over the Browns convincingly.

NFL Pick: Win
Record: 7-4

 

Week 13: vs. Miami (road), Sunday, Dec 6 at 1 PM
Last season, Baltimore descended on the Miami Dolphins to take a 28-13 win on the road. Once again, they face off against the Dolphins in Miami in December. It's a short week after the Monday night affair with the Browns, which could be a factor. This one could go either way by all accounts. The Dolphins defense figures to give Joe Flacco fits, but can Ryan Tannehill keep the offense producing? Flacco is at his best in tough conditions on the road. This one is a tossup in our books.

NFL Pick: Win
Record: 8-4

 

Week 14: vs. Seattle (home), Sunday, Dec 13 at 8:30 PM
This is going to be one of the toughest home games of the season, if not the toughest. A date with Russell Wilson and the Legion of Boom spells doom for the Ravens in week 14 NFL betting, as evinced by the Seattle Seahawks' 7-0 SU record on the East coast since 2012.

NFL Pick: Loss
Record: 8-5

 

Week 15: vs. Kansas City (home), Sunday, Dec 20 at 1 PM
The Ravens have done a good job of staving off Jamaal Charles when they've faced the Kansas City Chiefs. With home field advantage and the season winding down, the Ravens should rise to the occasion in a tough, hard fought win.

NFL Pick: Win
Record: 9-5

 

Week 16: vs. Pittsburgh (home), Sunday, Dec 27 at 8:30 PM
The Ravens beat the Steelers 26-6 in week 2 NFL betting last season to extend their winning record against Pittsburgh at the M&T Stadium to four straight since 2010. They'll be looking to extend that trend here with the NFL season winding down and a spot in the NFL playoffs on the line.

NFL Pick: Win
Record: 10-5

 

Week 17: vs. Cincinnati (road), Sunday, Jan 3 at 1 PM
In four of the last five seasons, the Ravens have collided with the Bengals in their regular season closer. The Ravens won twice in a row in 2010 and 2011 behind 24-16 and 13-9 wins. The last two season closers were won by the Bengals 34-17 and 23-17. Most expect there to be NFL playoff implications on the line in this clash. With home advantage, one would assume the Bengals are the better bet. The Ravens are clutch when their backs are up against the wall though.

NFL Pick: Win
Record: 11-5

 

NFL Betting Verdict
By our NFL betting predictions, we project the Ravens to go anywhere from a 9-7 season to a high of 11-5, give or take a few games that are a tossup. As far as the season win totals, it would result in a push on the lower spectrum while it would cash on the OVER 9 on the opposite spectrum, obviously. As it is, the NFL odds makers are being extremely coy with the Ravens, trading the OVER and UNDER 9 at -115. Push comes to shove, we're leaning ever so slightly towards the OVER on our NFL picks at -115.