|Written by Jerry Santiago|
NFL football handicapping will be an interesting equation to figure when looking at the sports betting prospects of the Baltimore Ravens. NFL football fans were surprised at how well Baltimore finished last year as they became one of the best sports betting values on the board and finished as AFC runner up.
As the NFL football preseason opens, however, the sports betting question regarding the Ravens is if they are here to stay or were they merely a flash in the pan and a 1 year NFL betting wonder.
Defense was the key to the NFL football success of the Ravens last year and they have lost a major piece of that puzzle as long time and highly respected defensive coordinator Rex Ryan has departed to take over as head coach of the New York Jets. The transition will be part of the preseason NFL football priorities for the Ravens this training camp.
Last year rookie signal caller Joe Flacco clearly established himself as the starter for many NFL football seasons to come in Baltimore. Preseason will be a question of who his backups will be. Troy Smith and John Beck will get the majority of the snaps in exhibition play this summer. Smith will enter his 3rd season of NFL football as a 5th round draft choice out of Ohio State. Beck is also a 3 year veteran of NFL football and was a 2nd round pick of the Miami Dolphins.
Ray Rice, a 2nd year pro out of Rutgers should get a good share of work during the NFL football preseason. He ran for 454 yards last year in his rookie season as a 2nd round draft pick of Baltimore.
Also expected to see playing time in the backfield is rookie Cedric Peerman, a 6th round draft choice out of Virginia.
Baltimore will open the preseason August 13 at home against the Washington Redskins. They will then host Ryan and his Jets on August 24. That will be followed by back-to-back preseason road games starting at the Carolina Panthers on August 29 and ending at the Atlanta Falcons on September 3.
Bet on the MLBGamblers might feel compelled to place their baseball bets on San Francisco. Rival evaluators who scouted the Giants’ offensive work during spring training all left thinking the same thing; pitchers from opposing teams will have to dig deep. Similar to the Kansas City Royals of the previous two years, the Giants are not known for striking out too often.