NFL odds handicappers have been impressed with the Ravens so far in preseason action as Baltimore is a perfect 3-0 both straight up and with the NFL betting odds.
Last week the Ravens scored a 24-10 home win over the New York Giants as 3.5-point favorites. The Ravens dominated with a 25-13 first down edge and quarterback Joe Flacco passed for 229 yards and 2 touchdowns.
While the win was impressive the Ravens remain concerned about what has been touted as the strength of their team with the NFL betting lines - Defense.
In their week 2 preseason win at Washington, the defense was burned for 401 yards in the air despite a 23-3 win.
“You never want to give up a lot of yards,” said defensive coordinator Gregg Mattison.
“I think some of it was the secondary, some of it was pass rush, some of it was maybe not getting deep enough, some of it was great throws and catches. We’re not ready to panic by any means. That’s something we addressed as far as what we had to really concern ourselves with this week.”
Superstar veteran linebacker Ray Lewis agreed and feels that the unit is ready for success and a Super Bowl run.
“I think we’re right where we need to be,” said Lewis. “When you turn on our defensive film, one thing that you do like is we (first unit) haven’t given up a touchdown all preseason. That’s a bottom line fact, no matter what big plays or what happened. A few mistakes here and there, correct them, and then just get ready.”
Another preseason problem for Baltimore has been the turnover bug, which is always a point of concern for handicappers evaluating the NFL lines. The Ravens are addressing ball security issues in practice.
“First thing we need to work on is ball security,” said offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. “We think we emphasize it enough, but obviously we haven’t.”
The Ravens have some injury concerns at receiver that may hamper their effectiveness with the NFL odds. Starter Mark Clayton had to leave the game against the Giants due to a concussion and Clayton’s backup Donte Stallworth was be out two months due to a broken foot.