It is no mystery why the Ravens are one of the Super Bowl front-runners; the team has won 11 or more games in three of John Harbaugh’s four seasons as head coach. Baltimore has also won four of its seven post-season games under Harbaugh’s watch, a firm indication that the playoff stage is anything but too big for this veteran team. While the Ravens have yet to get over the hump since winning their one and only championship back in January of 2000, they are still viewed as a significant threat in the latest 2012 Super Bowl Odds, which have them listed at 7 to 1 odds to secure a second Lombardi Trophy.
The Ravens, because of their numerous regular season wins and playoff success under Coach Harbaugh, are typically viewed as a major post-season threat, but, like most teams, they do have some warts.
The blemishes are fewer this season, though, with the defense ranked, per usual, near the top of the league (second in yards per game allowed – 288.9, third in points per game allowed – 16.6), and the offense coming in a middle of the pack 15th in yards per game (338.7).
Everyone knows Baltimore can keep itself in a game against just about any opponent due to the suffocating nature of its defense, but the real question is whether or not the Joe Flacco led offense can show up in the most critical of situations.
The Ravens offense has produced in the playoffs, but never enough, at least not with Flacco at the helm, to get the team into the Super Bowl. Doubts still abound about the Delaware product because, while Baltimore impressed with its 12-4 record and AFC North title, Flacco put together, arguably, the worst season of his four year career.
Flacco produced the worst completion percentage (57.6) and yards per pass average of his career (6.66) and his nine fumbles this season were a career high. His 80.9 passer rating and 20 touchdown passes were the lowest since his rookie campaign as were his 3,610 pass yards. But hey, the Ravens won two playoff games with a rookie Flacco under center so maybe his regression will not matter.
Even with a suspect quarterback, Baltimore is viewed as head and shoulders above the banged up Texans and the Tim Tebow lead Broncos. Consequently, the Ravens Super Bowl Odds are understandably short with only one viable obstacle (New England) standing between them and a February trip to Indianapolis.
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