Odds Beginning To Favor Baltimore Ravens, Lamar Jackson

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Odds Beginning To Favor Baltimore Ravens, Lamar Jackson

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The oddsmakers are beginning to like the Baltimore Ravens and their dynamic quarterback Lamar Jackson.

Riding a six-game winning streak, Baltimore moved behind New England as the favorite to win this season’s Super Bowl.

The Ravens now have 9/2 odds to take home the Lombardi Trophy, behind the Patriots who sit at 11/4, according to BetOnline, a privately held online gambling company offering sports betting, casino games, and betting on horse racing.

Baltimore routed New England 37-20 in Week 9. However, the Patriots (9-1) still have the best record in the AFC, one game ahead of the Ravens (8-2), and are poised to have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

However, Baltimore is the hottest team in the NFL and has won its last four games by at least 14 points: Seattle (+14), New England (+17), Cincinnati (+36) and Houston (+34).

In addition, Jackson has emerged as the favorite for league MVP at 5/4, ahead of Russell Wilson (2/1), Aaron Rogers (12/1), Deshaun Watson (12/1) and Patrick Mahomes (12/1), according to BetOnline. Jackson has beaten Wilson and Watson head-to-head, but lost his matchup to Mahomes.

The national media has been swarming the Ravens’ complex since they began their dominant run. However, Baltimore coach John Harbaugh is not worried about his team losing its focus.

The Ravens have a three-game lead in the AFC North ahead of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“They’ve taken that mindset from the first preseason game and had 100-percent focus on the task at hand – what’s important now. They’ve done that really well,” Harbaugh said. “You just appreciate that about them. They keep it simple, focused and time on task for what’s in front of them. [They’re] not looking left, not looking right. [They’re looking] straight ahead at the challenge in front of them.”

Much of the Ravens’ success can be attributed to Jackson, who has mesmerized opponents with his highlight-reel runs and ability to make throws downfield.

Jackson, 22, has been named the AFC Player of the Week three times this season. He is only the second quarterback to have multiple games with a 158.3 passer rating in a single season in NFL history.

Jackson also took home three FedEx "NFL Player of the Week" awards, two for “Air Player” and one for "Ground Player." He is the only player in that program’s history to win both awards.

On the year, Jackson has thrown for 2,258 yards with 19 touchdowns and five interceptions (106.3 passer rating). He has also run for a team-high 788 yards with six touchdowns. This means Jackson is on pace to throw for more than 3,600 yards and run for more than 1,200 yards this season. He could join Jim Brown as the only players to win an MVP award before his 23rd birthday, according to ESPN.

However, his focus is helping the Ravens win their third Super Bowl in franchise history. The MVP award would be an added bonus.

“It’s a brotherhood here in Baltimore,” Jackson said. “We see each other every day. We’re with each other each and every day. We’re with each other [in] OTAs, camp, and we’ve just got to build. We see that everyone wants the same thing. We’re chasing something right now, and we’re trying to get it.”

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