An NFL “HAT TRICK”? One of my “Sleepers” as well! (*8/28/18)
Well the NFL Preseason games are pretty much worthless in the grand scheme of things, as evidence of the perfect (4-0) season put forth by the “17 Browns team last year. But on Thursday we have a team possible of sweeping it’s third straight NFL Preseason slate. That team, the Baltimore Ravens, have a chance to pull a Hat Trick, and adding a cherry on top this time around as they are playing their fifth Preseason game due to playing the extra week in the Hall of Fame Game. If they win Thursday, that makes HC John Harbough’s team perfect for three straight years. That’s one heckuva job.
The Ravens are one of my “NFL SLEEPER TEAMS” for 2018. I really love this Defense as everyone returns and I feel QB Flacco is fully healthy and what was once one of the leaguest weakest Wide Receiver/Tight End groups, is now actually very formidable. With one of the leagues best Kickers as well, this team now finally healthy across the board should be one of the teams making some big noise in the AFC.
RAVENS TOTAL WINS FOR 2018: OVER/UNDER (8 1/2) WINS: My BET: “OVER”
GARY’S TOUCHDOWN PASS:
The Ravens have 3 tough Road games, @ Pitt, @ Atlanta and @ KC. The other 5 are all very winnable road contests in my mind. I fully expect them to be favored in 7, if not all 8 home games this year.
The Offense should be greatly improved, with additions of speedy WR John Brown and WR Micheal Crabtree. Flacco has not played well the past 2 seasons, but some of that is on the terrible receiving corps.
The Ravens have not made the Playoffs in back to back seasons. They are mostly a very Veteran group. New DC Martindale will cut this Defense loose and that spells more trouble for the rest of the league, as this Defense led league last year with 34 takeaways.
The Punter, Sam Koch, led the NFL in punts inside the 20, and Kicker Justin Tucker has made 90% of his FG tries 4 of the last 6 seasons, and went a not too shabby 15 out of 17 tries the past 2 seasons combined from 50+ yards out.
Everything has lined up for this team to have an above .500 season and a real shot at even stealing the AFC North Division Title away from Pittsburgh.
Bet the “OVER 8 1/2” Wins Prop bet for the 2018 Balty Ravens to go “OVER” that what I feel is too low of a Season Win Total. If Healthy, this Ravens teams looks to win 11 games in 2018.
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