Ravens vs Patriots: NFL Odds Review

Megan Rochester

Friday, January 9, 2015 4:07 PM GMT

The classic playoff match-up between the Patriots and the Ravens is back at it again tomorrow night in Gillette Stadium. NFL odds analyst Megan Rochester reviews the match-up and gives you a look at the NFL futures odds listed heading into their Saturday playoff battle. 

The Baltimore Ravens were the only road team left standing after Wild Card Weekend, and they will face-off with the New England Patriots as the roadies once again this Saturday. This will be the fourth time in 6 years that New England hosts the Ravens in the NFL Playoffs, and the Ravens have proven they can really hold their own. They are currently 2-1 SU and 3-0 ATS against the Pats team in their post-season matchups.  In all of those games, Baltimore played on the road as the away team. However, when these two teams go head-to-head on Saturday, we may not be seeing the same kinds of results.

The Raven’s QB Joe Flacco is a natural-born workhorse when it comes to post-season games. Since his career beginning in 2008, he has only failed to win a playoff game once (2013), and in his last attempt at the Super Bowl in 2012 (in which, Baltimore took the title) he threw 11 touchdowns and no interceptions. However, in 2012, Baltimore had a much more solid defensive game, and the defensive side of the ball could be the Raven’s ultimate downfall in their game this weekend.

Sure, the Ravens look like a solid team in defense currently ranked 6th in the league, but with that being said, they come up short against the pass currently ranked 23rd in the league (allowing an average of 248.7 passing yards per game). That is going to be a huge advantage for Tom Brady’s air-game with his aggressive tight end Rob Gronkowski. Gronowski alone has caught 82 passes for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns in 15 games this season, and we can expect to see a lot of him on the receiving end in the AFC showdown this weekend.

Yes, Baltimore is making us all reminisce to their 2012 season glory days, but they will be locking horns with a much tougher Patriots force than they’ve ever seen before. Here’s a look at the NFL Futures Odds for the teams heading into their matchups this weekend:

Odds to win the AFC:

1. New England Patriots: 10/11

2. Denver Broncos: 2/1

3. Baltimore Ravens: 8/1

4. Indianapolis Colts: 8/1

Odds to win 2015 Super Bowl XLIX

1. New England Patriots: 10/3

2. Green Bay Packers: 11/2

3. Seattle Seahawks: 21/10

4. Denver Broncos: 6/1

5. Dallas Cowboys: 15/2

6. Baltimore Ravens:  16/1

7. Indianapolis Colts: 16/1

8. Carolina Panthers: 14/1