Super Bowl odds went up on the Ravens after their wild card playoff win over New England as they were being touted as a Super Bowl betting sleeper. The Ravens are now totally put to sleep with the Super Bowl odds as they had a bad Super Bowl betting performance in the second round of the playoffs at Indianapolis in a 3-20 loss as 6.5-point dogs.
Baltimore’s offense was never able to get untracked and that was proven to be their Super Bowl gambling weakness in the end.
Baltimore brought an elite defense to action with the Super Bowl odds in this year’s playoffs but their defense fell short in a brief 2nd quarter spurt in which Indianapolis scored 2 touchdowns in the final two minutes to in essence put the game away.
The Ravens defense was considered to be its main asset with the Super Bowl odds but a power outage such as that is difficult to recover from, especially in a road playoff game against the top seeded team.
Baltimore will have to improve their offense, especially the passing attack if they are to be taken seriously as a contender with the Super Bowl odds for 2010. Quarterback Joe Flacco had an up and down sophomore season with a quarterback rating of 88.9.
Flacco was not an asset with the Super Bowl odds against the Colts as he was 20-35 for only 189 yards with 0 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Head coach John Harbaugh knows that Baltimore has strides to make before being a legitimate favorite with the Super Bowl odds.
“Obviously, we’re not where we want to be right now,” said Harbaugh. “We want to get to the point where we can win the divisional playoff game, we can win the AFC championship game, and we can win the Super Bowl. We’re not good enough yet. We have to find a way to make our team better.”
With a top shelf defense, however, Baltimore will merit consideration with the Super Bowl odds for 2010.