The perfect storybook ending to a first-ballot Hall of Famer career would be to go out with a championship ring. That’s the outcome Ray Lewis fans as well as the Baltimore Ravens would love their Superbowl XLVII predictions & betting odds to be.
Having that said, well know that in the betting world, all it takes is for half a point to make a difference in the outcome of any particular wager. This year’s Big Game is a perfect example of that.
For Lewis and the Ravens, a win would be the only thing that would satisfy the organization and its players. For bettors, a win or a close loss could mean a huge payout on gameday.
For this year’s Superbowl XLVII predictions & betting odds, all it would take for pro-Ravens bettors is for their team to keep things close against the San Francisco 49ers.
Currently, the Niners are listed as -3.5 betting favorites over Baltimore. This means that an underdog bet in this game would be considered a win by either an upset, or even a three-point (or less) loss. But, what do we at OSH predict will happen less than two weeks from now at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA?
We at OSH have been saying it all along: The Ravens with anything less than a one-point cushion is an absolute steal of you ask me! The fact that Superbowl oddsmakers decided to open things up by listing San Francisco as 4-point favorites it’s not only an insult, but it’s pretty dumb if you ask me.
It goes without saying that both of these teams had to beat some pretty formidable opponents to get to where they are. Having that said, when you compare the teams the Niners defeated versus those who went down at the hands of the Ravens, I think it makes for a very interesting conversation.
The 49ers took down the Green Bay Packers and the Atlanta Falcons to get to where they are. In the case of Baltimore, they defeated an okay team in the Cincinnati Bengals, the hottest team this season in the Denver Broncos, and the most playoff winning team in the history of the league in the New England Patriots.
That’s without mentioning the fact that this San Francisco team has never been in this position before and is being led by a green quarterback/coach combination. Of course, the argument that the Ravens team that won the Super Bowl in 2000 isn’t the same team that’s on the field right now is a valid one.
However, when their ground general and leader has been in this position before, it gives the inexperienced guys a person to turn to for advise. That last point is something the Niners just don’t have, and of they do, it isn’t a leader in the locker room like Lewis is.
In conclusion, although losing by one, two or three points wouldn’t give Lewis the proper retirement party, you can bet that it would make those who bet on the Ravens rejoice. Sign up to receive expert NFL picks from some of the best football minds, who know that keeping up with all the potential Super Bowl odds changes is part of becoming a betting expert!
- OSH 2013 Superbowl Predictions: Baltimore Ravens (+3.5)
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