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Based on How It Stands Right Now, the Ravens are Favored in All 16 Games in 2020

The 2019 Ravens season ended with a thud, as the team lost at home to the Titans in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game in an outing that still stings.

Looking ahead to 2020, the NFL schedule won’t be out till May, but we know the teams that the Ravens will play and where it will be.

With that, website BetOnline (www.BetOnline.ag, Twitter: @betonline_ag) has put out odds for all 32 teams in the league.

Here’s the rundown on what the site expects for Baltimore in 2020.

Baltimore Ravens -3½ @ Cleveland Browns

Baltimore Ravens -9 @ Cincinnati Bengals

Baltimore Ravens -5 @ Houston Texans

Baltimore Ravens -2½ @ Indianapolis Colts

Baltimore Ravens -2½ @ New England Patriots

Baltimore Ravens -1½ @ Philadelphia Eagles

Baltimore Ravens -2½ @ Pittsburgh Steelers

Baltimore Ravens -10 @ Washington Redskins

Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore Ravens -14

Cincinnati Bengals @ Baltimore Ravens -8½

Dallas Cowboys @ Baltimore Ravens -7

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Baltimore Ravens -15½

Kansas City Chiefs @ Baltimore Ravens -2

New York Giants @ Baltimore Ravens -12½

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore Ravens -7

Tennessee @ Baltimore Ravens -8

Ravens Agree to Terms on One-Year Deal with LB Jake Ryan

The Ravens on Saturday added to their linebacker core, as the team inked former Packer and Jaguar linebacker Jake Ryan to a one-year pact.

Ryan was a starter during his three-year run with Green Bay, but last season played in just a pair of games with the Jags due to injury and was not brought back.

He has been productive in his career, as Ryan tallied back-to-back 80-plus-tackle seasons in 2016-2017 with Green Bay, started 27 games over three seasons there and was also a valued special teams contributor.

Ravens Release Statement on Coronavirus Situation in the NFL

The Ravens have released the following statement regarding the ongoing situation with the Coronavirus, and how it is effecting most of the major sports leagues, including now the NFL.

No NFL event has been cancelled or pushed back, but things could get tricky if the situation continues around the country.

Ravens Guard Marshal Yanda Set to Retire Prior to 2020 Season

Ravens guard Marshal Yanda plans to retire this off-season.

The Ravens announced Yanda’s retirement Tuesday. Yanda, 35, spent his entire 13-year NFL tenure with the Ravens. The 6-foot-3, 305-pound offensive lineman joined the AFC North franchise in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

Yanda was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and a two-time All-Pro. He won a Super Bowl with the Ravens in 2013. He started 15 games in 2019 after starting all 16 games in 2018. Yanda missed just two starts from 2010 through 2015.

Yanda was one of the best offensive lineman in NFL history and will likely be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The Ravens will gain about $7 million in salary cap space after losing Yanda.

What’s the Status of the Ravens Receiving Core as Free Agency Closes In?

NFL.com has a new article out discussing how things look to be shaping up with free agency ready to start very soon, and how teams wide receiver cores are looking going into the process.

Last draft the Ravens hit a homer with picking up ‘Hollywood’ Marquise Brown, who would lead the team in yards and catches in 2019.

You can read the entire article HERE – for now here’s what the piece says about the Ravens receiver situation.

Top three WRs in 2019: Marquise Brown (46-584-7), Willie Snead (31-339-5), Seth Roberts (21-271-2 — UFA).

Don’t let the fact that Ravens receivers were targeted only 182 times, the fewest in the NFL, fool you — the value of the space they created on the field far exceeded what can be captured by traditional stat-sheet metrics. In terms of measuring the impact of a WR when they aren’t the intended target, I factor in down, distance, score, defensive alignment and personnel to create an off-ball “score” that helps quantify the likelihood that a team will earn a first down or touchdown. Brown’s off-ball score increased over the course of his rookie year to the point that his score over the last seven games of the season would have ranked in the top seven if extended over a full season. It’s also worth noting that Baltimore leaned extensively on its tight ends; Mark Andrews led the team with 64 catches, 852 receiving yards and 10 touchdown receptions, while Ravens tight ends collected 42.5 percent of the team’s targets (180 of 424) and 43.3 percent of its receptions (125 of 289).

Who Would the Ravens Franchise if They Use the Tag This Offseason?

USA Today has released an interesting article regarding the ever unpopular (at least for players) ‘Franchise tag’ and how team’s may use it in 2020.

It seems like every team has an option to use the franchise tag, which stops a player from even negotiating with outside teams and forces them to stay put.

To see the entire list of all 32 teams and the players that might be franchised, click HERE.

Here’s what the article has to say about the Ravens, who they say will likely have to use the tag on linebacker Matthew Judon.

A career-best and team-high 9½ sacks will probably make it hard to let OLB Matt Judon walk.

Ravens Expected to Place Tag on Linebacker Matt Judon

In retweeting a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter indicating that the NFL and NFLPA have agreed to push back the franchise and transition tag windows, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com made a seemingly offhand, but still important, observation.

Hensley tweeted that the new window is relevant to the Ravens, who are expected to tag linebacker Matt Judon, Rory Parks of Profootball Rumors reports.

The fact that Baltimore plans to tag Judon is not surprising. The Ravens could look for trade partners for Judon once he’s tagged — the tag-and-trade market for edge rushers was rather robust last season — and they will certainly continue to negotiate their own contract with him.

The problem is that Judon has proven himself to be a good player, but not necessarily a player worthy of a deal that could approach an AAV of $20MM. He can dominate a game but does not do so routinely, and though he earned his first Pro Bowl nod in 2019, that largely seemed to be a function of the team’s overall success.

On the other hand, the Ravens need a proven commodity at pass rusher, and beyond Judon, they don’t have one. They have high hopes for 2019 third-rounder Jaylon Ferguson, but the jury is still out on him, and it’s unlikely that any of the league’s other top edge rushers eligible for free agency will actually hit the open market. And Baltimore did let Za’Darius Smith walk in free agency last year because it deemed his price tag too rich, only to see Smith break out for the Packers.

Ravens Reward Safety Chuck Clark with a Three-Year Extension Worth $16 Million

The Ravens are bringing back Chuck Clark, as the team announced on Monday they have signed him to a three-year contract extension.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the extension is worth $16 million over three years, including $10 million in guarantees.

The safety stepped up in a big way in 2019, as he played in all 16 games with the team, starting 12 games.

He put up 73 tackles, nine passes defended, two forced fumbles, one interception and one sack.

Clark stepped up for Tony Jefferson who missed most of the season with a knee injury. Jefferson is entering the final season of his four-year deal in 2020 and it’s likely Clark will step in to take his spot after the 2020 season.

Clark came to the team has a sixth-round pick back in the 2017 NFL Draft.