- The Patriots (+250) are still the favorites at BetOnline despite having arguably their worst offense since 2003
- The Ravens’ Super Bowl odds improved to +450 following a dominant win over the Texans
- Philadelphia (+2500) and Pittsburgh (+12500) saw their title odds plunge after ugly offensive performances
It was only natural to be skeptical of the Ravens as they headed into their Week 8 bye at 5-2 with wins over the Dolphins, Cardinals, Steelers and Bengals and a loss to the Browns.
However, after dominant victories over the Patriots and Texans in the past three weeks, Baltimore is starting to make believers out of oddsmakers, climbing from +1400 a month ago to +450 today to win the Lombardi Trophy
John Harbaugh’s club is still listed behind New England in BetOnline’s latest Super Bowl odds update, but should they be?
ODDS TO WIN SUPER BOWL 54
|Team||Current Odds||Trending||Last Week|
|New England Patriots||+275||↓||+250|
|New Orleans Saints||+600||↑||+650|
|San Francisco 49ers||+700||↑||+900|
|Kansas City Chiefs||+900||↔||+900|
|Green Bay Packers||+1200||↓||+1000|
|Los Angeles Rams||+3300||↓||+2500|
|Los Angeles Chargers||+15000||↔||+10000|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+50000||↔||+50000|
|New York Jets||+100000||↑||+500000|
|New York Giants||+250000||↓||+100000|
BALTIMORE IS THE TEAM TO BEAT
On pace to score the most fantasy points in a season, Lamar Jackson added four more touchdowns to his jaw-dropping totals (2,258 passing yards, 19 pass TD, 6 INT, 788 rushing yards, 6 rush TDs) in Sunday’s 41-7 beatdown of Houston.
With the Chargers’ 23-17 Wild Card Round victory over the Ravens still fresh in our minds — and the sudden ends of the careers of Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III still in our collective memory banks — it’s almost as if we all expect someone to stop Jackson eventually.
But, in Spanish. | @Lj_era8 pic.twitter.com/9uWd2HHLk3
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) November 18, 2019
The only catch is that Lamar is already a better passer (4th in the NFL in passer rating) and rusher (10th in rushing yards) than both those guys and offensive coordinator Greg Roman has built his offensive system specifically for his star pupil.
Jackson is also unlikely to have to play from behind that much now that the Ravens’ loaded secondary (Jimmy Smith, Marlon Humphrey, Marcus Peters, Brandon Carr, Earl Thomas) is fully healthy.
Call me a prisoner of the moment, but I would much rather bet on a balanced Baltimore squad at +450 than back a New England (+250) team with their worst offense since 2003.
RISERS AND FALLERS
San Francisco jumped from +900 to +700 after an unconvincing win over the division-rival Cardinals. The 49ers haven’t been able to get anything going on the ground over the past three games, but matters should improve once they get the game’s best tight end, George Kittle, back in the lineup.
Philadelphia’s ugly offensive effort against the Patriots caused their odds to descend from +2500 to +1600 in the past week.
Jimmy Garoppolo joins Joe Montana and Steve Young as the only 49ers quarterbacks to throw for 400 yards and 4 TD in a game.
Prior to today, Young was the last 49ers QB to do that back in 1993. pic.twitter.com/d29r1ifQND
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 18, 2019
While the 5-5 Eagles likely don’t have the offensive weaponry necessary to win another Super Bowl, keep in mind that they play the Dolphins, Redskins and Giants (twice) over the last six weeks of the season, so the playoffs aren’t entirely out of the question.
An even bigger odds plunge occurred in Western Pennsylvania, where Pittsburgh dropped from +3300 to +12500 after Mason Rudolph chucked four interceptions in a 21-7 loss to the Browns on Thursday night.
The Steelers’ dominant defense and soft schedule might be enough to squeak into the playoffs in a weak AFC, but a championship is completely out of the question given they’re trotting out the worst quarterback in the league.