The Baltimore Ravens have an outside shot to make the 2018 NFL playoffs. But their odds have taken a hit after learning that cornerback jimmy Smith will receive a four-game suspension from the NFL. Smtih violated the league’s policies on personal conduct.
The league found “evidence of threatening and emotionally abusive behaviors by Jimmy toward his former girlfriend.”
Baltimore responded by calling Smith’s actions “inappropriate and wrong.” They also consulted domestic violence experts regarding the matter and have had Smith undergo clinical evaluation.
Second Suspension for Smith
This is a second time that Smith has served a four-game suspension in his career. He was also suspended towards the end of last year for using banned performance enhancers. Lucky for him, he was already on the injured reserve list due to a torn Achilles.
2018 is different, though, because Smith has rehabbed himself back into shape and was ready for the season. Now, the team will run through their first four games without their top cornerback.
Smith Issues an Apology
Smith has apologized for his actions, telling reporters that he wants to be “a better person and better father.”
He added, “I would like to sincerely apologize to my former girlfriend, the NFL, the Ravens organization, my coaches, my teammates, my fiancée and all our fans. I’m very disappointed that my past actions have led to this suspension.
“I believe I am, and will continue to try to be, a better person and a better father because of this. I am committed to being the best I can be, both on and off the field. … I take full responsibility for my past conduct.”
When will Smith be Back?
Smith won’t be eligible to return until Week 5, when the Ravens face the Cleveland Browns. This leaves the Ravens facing the Bills, Bengals, Broncos, and Steelers without their elite cover corner.
The top receiver on these teams include Kelvin Benjamin, A.J. Green, Demaryius Thomas, and Antonio Brown, respectively.
2018 Baltimore Ravens Odds – Ravens are Worse Off without Smith
The Baltimore Ravens had a solid 9-7 season last year. But a last-second loss to the Cincinnati Bengals prevented them from grabbing an AFC Wild Card slot.
Our current GTBets NFL odds list the Ravens’ chances of winning 8.5 games at +100. The odds against them doing so are -130, meaning we see them most likely having a .500 season or worse. Given Smith’s suspension, the -130 line on Baltimore not winning 8.5 games is looking more attractive.
We have Baltimore at +4500 with regard to their odds of winning Super Bowl 53. Nothing is outside the realm of possibility. But the Ravens are facing an uphill climb with regard to winning the playoffs — let alone winning the Super Bowl.