Ravens Remain Super Bowl Favorites Following Release of Earl Thomas
The Baltimore Ravens released Earl Thomas for "conduct detrimental to the team" on Sunday, following an altercation that involved him punching teammate Chuck Clark.
Earl Thomas is one of the league's best safeties, but even with Thomas gone the Ravens remain tied as the favorites to win Super Bowl LV, according to odds from FanDuel Sportsbook.
Thomas started 15 regular season games for the Ravens in 2019, only sitting out in Week 17 when they already had the No. 1 seed in the AFC locked up. He made 49 tackles, adding 4 pass defenses, 2 interceptions and 2.0 sacks.
Replacing Thomas playing safety alongside Clark in the starting lineup will likely be DeShon Elliott. Elliott played in only six games in 2019, but in that limited sample he received a promising overall grade of 69.7 from Pro Football Focus.
Even with Thomas' departure, the Ravens' +650 odds to win the Super Bowl remain tied with the Kansas City Chiefs for the best in the NFL. The Ravens and Chiefs are also co-favorites to win the AFC (at +300), and Baltimore is a hefty -200 favorite to win the AFC North.
Losing Thomas stings, but Ravens fans don't need to be too worried. This team is still going to be a serious Super Bowl contender in 2020.
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