No team has been hit harder by injuries than Baltimore—and its season does not kick off until Monday night.
The Ravens have lost their top three running backs to season-ending injuries over the last two weeks. They also lost cornerback Marcus Peters, who had four interceptions and four forced fumbles in 2020, to a season-ending injury.
Those injuries prompted oddsmakers to move Baltimore from -4.5 to -4 in its Week 1 game at Las Vegas. BetMGM adjusted the moneyline price from -200 to -190. Ty’Son Williams and Trenton Cannon will take over as the running backs, while Le’Veon Bell was signed to the practice squad.
Despite the injuries, the betting market is not concerned about the Ravens overall this season. They remain the +135 ‘chalk’ to win the AFC North heading into Monday’s contest. Cleveland is now +175 following its loss to Kansas City, while Pittsburgh is +325 after beating Buffalo. Cincinnati brings up the rear at 11/1.
BetMGM did not adjust Baltimore’s future price heading into the regular season, as it remains 14/1 to win the Super Bowl (fifth-shortest odds). The Ravens also signed Devonta Freeman to their practice squad for some additional depth.
Here are some other key injuries from Sunday’s action:
Denver wide receiver Jerry Jeudy
The Broncos wideout was carted off the field with a high ankle sprain that he sustained during the third quarter of a 27-13 win over the Giants.
Head coach Vic Fangio said the initial exam showed no fracture and he confirmed that report on Monday. Jeudy is expected to miss four to six weeks.
“He’s definitely got a high ankle sprain, everything else checked out good,” Fangio said. “He’s going to miss some time.”
Denver is priced at 5/1 to win the AFC West, trailing Kansas City (-275). The Broncos are 20/1 to win the AFC Championship and 40/1 to win the Super Bowl, according to offshore sportsbook BetOnline.
San Francisco running back Raheem Mostert
Mostert left Sunday’s game after just two carries and did not return. Head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters that Mostert has chipped cartilage in his knee and will be placed on the injured reserve.
Mostert is expected to miss around eight weeks of action. Rookie running back Eli Mitchell rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries after Mostert left the game. Trey Sermon, who is also a rookie, was a healthy scratch.
The 49ers are tied with Los Angeles for the shortest odds to win the NFC West (+200). They are +600 to win the NFC Championship and 12/1 to win the Super Bowl.
Washington quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick
The veteran is going to be out for six to eight weeks due to a hip injury, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
He was placed on the Injured Reserve on Monday, which means he will have to miss at least three weeks. Backup Taylor Heinicke is going to be the starter going forward, with Kyle Allen listed as the new backup. Head coach Ron Rivera is not planning on adding anyone new.
“No, as of now, no,” Rivara said. “We’ve got a short week. We’ll get through the week and we’ll go from there.”
Washington is now +240 to win the NFC East, which puts Dallas (+145) as the favorite. The Football Team is 33/1 to win the NFC and 66/1 to win the Super Bowl.
Detroit cornerback Jeff Okudah
The former first-round pick is going to miss his entire second season in the NFL after suffering a ruptured Achilles on Sunday.
Okudah, who was the third overall pick in the 2020 draft, started six games last year. He allowed a 79-yard touchdown to San Francisco wide receiver Deebo Samuel on Sunday.
Detroit is expected to be the worst team in the league this year, listed at 22/1 to win the NFC North. The Lions are 125/1 in the NFC market and 250/1 to win the Super Bowl.
Jets offensive tackle Mekhi Becton
New York allowed six sacks in its season opener and it could get even worse going forward.
Becton, who was a first-round draft pick last year, is going to miss four to six weeks with a dislocated right knee cap. He is expected to have arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage damage.
“Mekhi is obviously a one-of-a-kind human being as far as his size and athletic abilities,” New York guard Greg Van Roten said. “We’re going to miss him and want to get him back as soon as possible, but I think we have the guys in the room to weather the storm.”
Rookie quarterback Zach Wilson was hit 10 times on Sunday and is now going to be without his top blindside protector. The Jets also lost free safety Lamarcus Joyner (torn triceps) for the rest of the season.
New York has the longest AFC title odds (100/1) and the second-longest Super Bowl price (200/1).