The Ravens added wide receiver Anquan Boldin in the off-season and many people believe Baltimore is the team to beat in the AFC. The Ravens are 7.5 to 1 in NFL betting odds to win the Super Bowl.
NFL odds will favor the Ravens quite a big in 2010. They have a very good defense and an offense that is improved with the addition of Boldin. The Ravens already had a very good running game led by Ray Rice and now they should have an improved passing game with Boldin. The team also added wide receiver Donte Stallworth. The Ravens were sometimes one-dimensional on offense last season but that should not be the case in 2010 with quarterback Joe Flacco having a lot of options.
The Baltimore defense does have some concerns in the secondary but they still have a lot of talent. They are led by linebacker Ray Lewis and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. The defensive line could be better if rookie Terrence Cody plays well. Another key for Baltimore will be getting linebacker Terrell Suggs back into Pro Bowl form. He had a poor season in 2009. The concern for Baltimore is the secondary. They will be without safety Ed Reed for the first part of the season and Domonique Foxworth is also out with an injury. Lardarius Webb is still recovering from an ACL injury so there are major concerns in the defensive backfield.
Baltimore does not have an easy schedule, so getting to 11 wins is not a guarantee. They open up the season with two tough road games in NFL betting odds at the Jets and at Cincinnati. They should beat Cleveland before a tough game at Pittsburgh in Week 4. They then host Denver in a winnable game before going to New England. They should handle Buffalo at home but Miami will be tough. Games at Atlanta and Carolina will not be easy. They then host Tampa and Pittsburgh before going to Houston. They finish up with New Orleans, Cleveland and Cincinnati. 11 wins will be difficult to get with that schedule but the Ravens have the talent to do it.