The Baltimore Ravens suffered a key loss when starting running back J.K. Dobbins went down with a season-ending ACL tear in their final preseason game. However, Vegas hasn’t adjusted the Ravens’ Super Bowl odds, which remain at 14-to-1 according to multiple shops, including Caesars Sportsbook.
Dobbins totaled 925 yards with nine touchdowns in his rookie season and was expected to take a significant leap in 2021. Jamison Hensley, ESPN’s Baltimore Ravens reporter, considered 1,100 yards and double-digit touchdowns a realistic projection for Dobbins.
Ravens To Remain Run-Focused
Gus Edwards is the next man up to serve as the Ravens’ primary back, and he’s more than capable as a runner, averaging 5.2 yards per carry on 414 career totes. He’s a sure bet — with health — to eclipse his career-high in carries (144). Rookie Ty’Son Williams will serve as the No. 2 option, a role that could provide him with an opportunity to establish himself as a quality NFL back.
Of course, quarterback Lamar Jackson will continue to stress opposing defenses with his dual-threat ability. He led the team in carries in 2020 and will be in line for another meaty workload once again in the wake of Dobbins’ injury.
Additional Injury Concern In Baltimore?
The books may not have demonstrated an abundance of concern in response to Dobbins’ season-ending ACL tear, but the Ravens have struggled with a number of injuries and absences in camp — including a second stint on the COVID list for Jackson.
Rookie wide receiver Rashod Bateman underwent groin surgery that will sideline him to start the season — he’s expected back in September — and third-year receiver Marquise Brown remains limited to individual work as he makes his way back from a hamstring strain. Those two, in addition to free agent signing Sammy Watkins, are expected to help Jackson and the Ravens passing attack take a step forward.
DraftKings Sportsbook prices the Ravens as a +110 favorite to win a stout AFC North. Until they can boast a full hand of weapons though, there will be extra pressure on Jackson and offensive coordinator Greg Roman to navigate these early season hurdles and avoid unnecessary pitfalls.