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Leading up to the 2022 NFL season, Post Action Betting will release a gambling preview for all 32 teams in the National Football League, covering the schedule, predictions, win total over/under picks and prop bets for every team. Today, we will cover the Baltimore Ravens.

Baltimore Ravens (+2000 to win the Super Bowl, BetMGM)

2021 Record: 8-9 (4th in AFC North) 

The 2021 season proved a disappointing one for Baltimore and head coach John Harbaugh. However, most of that regression can largely be attributed to the fact quarterback Lamar Jackson sustained a few ill-timed injuries. 

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With Jackson at quarterback, the Ravens finished 7-5 last season. Without him, they were only 1-4. Since drafting Jackson, Baltimore has played significantly above average with the Louisville product in the lineup. 

To date, the Ravens are 37-12 under Jackson. This offseason, Baltimore largely kept its roster intact. Notable losses include wide receiver Sammy Watkins and and cornerback Anthony Averett, but the Ravens simultaneously brought in safety Marcus Williams, who has 15 career interceptions. 

Oddsmakers believe the return of Jackson to the offense will return the Ravens to the top of the division. Baltimore enters the 2022-23 season as the favorites to win the AFC North. 

Ravens offseason moves: Draft, trades, free agent signings, injury report

  • Signed OT Morgan Moses, DT Michael Pierce, S Marcus Williams. Re-signed FB Patrick Ricard at DT Calais Campbell. 
  • Drafted Notre Dame S Kyle Hamilton (No. 14), Iowa C Tyler Linderbaum (No. 25), Michigan DE David Ojabo (No. 45), Connecticut DT Travis Jones (No. 76), Minnesota OT Daniel Faalele (No. 110), Alabama CB Jalyn Armour-Davis (No. 119), Iowa State TE Charlie Kolar (No. 128), Penn State P Jordan Stout (No. 130), Coastal Carolina TE Isiah Likely (No. 139), Houston CB Damarion Williams (No. 141), Missouri RB Tyler Badie (No. 196) 

Ravens 2022 Schedule

Week 1: at New York Jets

Week 2: vs. Miami Dolphins

Week 3: at New England Patriots

Week 4: vs. Buffalo Bills

Week 5: vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Week 6: at New York Giants

Week 7: vs. Cleveland Browns

Week 8: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 9: at New Orleans Saints

Week 10: BYE

Week 11: vs. Carolina Panthers

Week 12: at Jacksonville Jaguars

Week 13: vs. Denver Broncos

Week 14: at Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 15: at Cleveland Browns

Week 16: vs. Atlanta Falcons

Week 17: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 18: at Cincinnati Bengals

NFL Betting Lines: Ravens Win Total O/U

10.5 Wins (FanDuel)

Without any data considerations or statistical analysis, my gut tells me the Ravens are an over team on their win total this season. 

However, I don’t know if it’s that easy. Last season, the Bengals won the AFC North despite winning only 10 games, the fewest of any division winner in the AFC. Although it’s my belief both the Bengals and Steelers are negative regression candidates, it’s still a reasonable expectation that this division will beat up on each other. Thus, even if you’re a believer in the Ravens, it’s not certain they’ll clear this win total. 

That said, there are a lot of winnable games on deck for the Ravens, who enter this season with the 16th-easiest schedule in the league according to my colleague Sean Koerner. Just on paper, I give the Ravens seven wins off the bat – Jets, Dolphins, Giants, Panthers, Jaguars, Falcons, Steelers (h) – assuming Jackson remains healthy over the course of the season. 

Lamar Jackson.
Lamar Jackson on the sidelines during a preseason game.
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Assuming they can win all seven of those games against opponents I have power-rated below them, that means they only need to finish 4-6 in their remaining 10 games to clear their win total. 

The potential issue? Five of those 10 games come against teams that ranked in the top-half of offensive DVOA last season, per, while an additional two come against a divisional opponent (Bengals). And, for as much as Jackson’s return should provide a boost for the Ravens, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the fact Baltimore ranked 28th last season in defensive DVOA. 

They were ninth in defensive DVOA the season prior, so I don’t expect them to be that bad again, but Harbaugh needs the defense to improve if they hope to clear this number. It’s going to be close either way, as this is one of the tightest win totals on the board. 

I lean to the over, but need a better number to consider getting involved. 

Ravens O/U 10.5 Wins: The Pick

LEAN Over 10.5 Wins (Bet at +115 or better) 

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Ravens to Win the AFC North (+160, FanDuel)

For as much time as I just spent dissecting the Ravens’s potential pitfalls, I still rate this team as the best in the division. 

Joe Burrow is dealing with a ruptured appendix for the Bengals, the Browns Deshaun Watson is suspended for 11 games, and the Steelers have three unproven quarterbacks on their roster. Perhaps it’s an oversimplification, but the Ravens are left with the best quarterback in the division in my opinion. 

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Plus, with Jackson under center, the Ravens are 8-4 straight up against the Browns and Bengals. Since I expect the Steelers to regress, the Ravens have a clear path to winning a number of divisional matchups if Jackson stays healthy. 

What’s more is that I anticipate the Ravens to be a run-heavy team this season and their divisional opponents historically don’t do well in that department. Last season, all three divisional opponents ranked outside the top-12 in rush DVOA while two (the Browns and Steelers) ranked in the bottom-half. 

Add in that the Ravens are 23-10 in home games under Jackson and that gives them a huge advantage over their divisional rivals. Back Baltimore at +140 or better to claim the AFC North and return to the playoffs. 

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Knicks vs. Bulls prediction: NBA picks, odds



The NBA’s longest win streak is finally over after the Knicks suffered their first loss in nine games on Wednesday. Expect New York to start a new streak Friday against a team it dominated the last time they faced off.

The Knicks were playing like the best team in basketball during their lengthy win streak, posting the league’s best net rating (+17.3) with six double-digit victories in that eight-game run. That included a 23-point beat-down of the Bulls exactly a week ago, when New York drained 17 3s and saw three players score at least 22 points in an easy win.

Knicks vs. Bulls (7:30 p.m. Eastern) prediction: Knicks -5.5 (Caesars Sportsbook)

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That game marked the worst offensive showing of the season for Chicago (91 points), which has struggled with chemistry and spacing issues all year long. The Bulls rank dead last in 3-point attempts per game (28.8) and third-worst in offensive rebounding rate (23.6%), which leaves very few easy scoring chances for one of the NBA’s worst offenses.

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It’s the opposite story for the Knicks, who boast three legitimate shot-creators and also rank among the league leaders in points in the paint. Julius Randle (31 points) relentlessly attacked this Chicago defense in their first meeting before allowing RJ Barrett (27 points) to lead the way in the second affair — his fourth of five straight games with at least 22 points. 

I don’t see this Knicks attack slowing down against one of the league’s most inconsistent defenses. And until Zach LaVine returns to his All-Star form, I’m skeptical of the Bulls’ offense showing up on Friday, too.

Knicks vs. Bulls pick: Knicks -5.5 (Caesars Sportsbook)

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Devils vs. Bruins prediction: Bet on New Jersey to end slide on NHL Friday



After starting the season 21-4-1, it looked like the New Jersey Devils were going to run away with the Metropolitan Division as one of the very best teams in the NHL.

Not only were the Devils cruising, but their underlying metrics were elite. New Jersey was the best 5-on-5 team through the first quarter of the season.

Three weeks and one six-game losing streak later, and the Devils have fallen back to earth and are now two points behind the Carolina Hurricanes in the Metropolitan Division. 

The Devils were able to get off the schneid with a win over Florida on Wednesday, but the task doesn’t get any easier with the league-leading Boston Bruins in town.

New Jersey is a slight +102 home underdog against Boston starting at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN+ and the NHL Network.  

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Even though the Devils have struggled to get results over their last 10 contests, their underlying numbers don’t suggest there’s all that much wrong with how they’re playing. New Jersey isn’t posting the pace-setting numbers it did through Thanksgiving, but it’s still skating to the fifth-best expected goals rate and high-danger scoring chance rate in the league over its last 10 contests.  

Those numbers should help ease any sense of panic that New Jersey could continue to fall back further into the pack as we head toward the New Year. 

So if New Jersey is still tilting the ice in the right direction, what is the issue for the Devils? 

For one thing, the Devs are struggling to find the back of the net like they did when they were rolling. New Jersey has scored just nine goals in its last five games, and four of those tallies came in a 4-2 victory over Florida on Wednesday. Over their last 10 games, the Devils rank 25th in the NHL with a 6.56% shooting percentage. 

Additionally, the Devils are not getting the goaltending needed to stabilize them. New Jersey’s netminders were always thought to be the team’s biggest weakness, and that has started to show lately as the Devils rank 23rd in the NHL in 5-on-5 save percentage over the last 10 games.

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The Bruins, meanwhile, continue to roll. Boston is 7-1-2 over its last 10 contests and ranks third in the league over that span in expected goals rate and fourth in high-danger chance percentage. The Bruins pace the NHL with a +54 goal differential, which is 25 goals better than the team in second (Toronto). 

But as impressive as Boston has been over its first 31 games of the season, the Bruins are playing on a back-to-back on Friday, while the Devils were off on Thursday night. 

The Bruins are the better team in a vacuum, but this is a good buy-low spot on the Devils, who are still playing solid hockey but are just not getting the results.

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At the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, a Female Crew of Two



Kathy Veel has come a long way since 1989, when she first sailed in the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race with an all-female crew on the Belles Long Ranger.

“It started off with four of us women — we figured, let’s give it a shot,” said Veel, 70, a retired teacher who lives in Bullaburra, about 60 miles west of Sydney, Australia. “We didn’t have a boat. We didn’t have any money. It was a real start from scratch. No one took us seriously.”

Not anymore. Veel is now back for her third Sydney Hobart, which starts on Monday, this time also breaking ground. She will be part of the only all-female crew competing in the race’s two-handed division on the Currawong, at 30 feet long the second smallest boat in the fleet. She will be sailing with Bridget Canham, 62, of Sydney, a veteran of several Sydney Hobart races.

Veel said that in 1989, there were doubts the crew of women could handle the grueling conditions of the race.

“We were kind of a token gesture,” she said. “There were a lot of people who didn’t think we were up to it. They would ask, what we were going to do when it’s blowing 30 knots and the boat is swamped? We’ll be doing pretty much what they’ll be doing — putting up sails and racing the boat.”

Their goal was to simply finish the race, which they did. “It opened the door for us,” Veel said.

“Women in sailing have come so far,” she said. “Most boats these days have got women on them. And that’s great.”

Canham, a retired nurse who volunteers as an emergency boat pilot, said sailing had indeed changed.

“Sailing is more of an integrated sport now,” she said. “Now, it’s just by coincidence that we are just two women on a boat. We’re just sailors. We don’t think of ourselves as anything different.”

The two-handed division, where a boat is raced by two sailors — as opposed to a large crew ranging from 6 to 25 — is now in its second year at the Sydney Hobart. For Veel and Canham, the draw of two-handed racing is access.

“Having a fully crewed racing yacht was way outside of my resources,” Veel said. “I’m retired. But now that they have the two-handed, we can do the race. It gives people the opportunity to sail in the race who aren’t on a fully crewed yacht.” Yearly maintenance on two-handed boats might be $10,000, while much larger yachts require millions of dollars to maintain.

Canham also said the sailors in the two-handed division were a tightknit group. “The two-handed community is just so supportive; it’s like we are all on the same team,” she said.

Veel and Canham generally split duties on the boat, taking turns on the sails and at the wheel, with Canham focusing on sails and Veel on navigation and race tactics.

“Bridget knows the wind and is good at getting the best out of the boat,” Veel said. “She’ll have every sail tweaked and tuned. She never takes her eye off the ball. She’s also extremely gutsy and strong-minded and determined.”

Veel and Canham have prepared for the event by sailing in four other races this year. Over that time, they realized the boat, a Currawong 30, built in 1974 with beaten 20-year-old sails, needed upgrades, but they’ve accepted its limits.

“We’ve been able to test out our boat in these previous races, but it really has felt that 90 percent of this race has been just getting to the start line,” Veel said. “We’ve just been focused on getting the boat ready. Now that we are there, and there are no more obstacles between us and the race, that’s when I’m starting to wonder what have I got myself into. Now it’s real.”

Canham heads into the race committed, but knows their limitations.

“No one is expecting us to do anything,” she said. “But I don’t think they realize just how determined we are.”

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