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Terrell Suggs Injury: Baltimore Ravens Are Still 7-Point Favorites in Week 1

BALTIMORE, MD - JANUARY 15: Terrell Suggs #55 of the Baltimore Ravens warms-up before the AFC Divisional playoff game against the Houston Texans at M&T Bank Stadium on January 15, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Jeff GrantContributor IMay 3, 2012

The Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals are scheduled to play the first Monday Night Football game of the 2012 NFL season on Sept. 10 inside M&T Bank Stadium on ESPN.

But last year's AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year will not be on the field.

Linebacker Terrell Suggs has suffered a torn Achilles that will likely sideline him for the entire year, which is a major blow to a Ravens defense that ranked second in the NFL, allowing just 322.5 yards per game a year ago.

Pinnacle Sports still has the Ravens as seven-point home favorites in the season-opening affair. The betting odds have remained unchanged since the opening line was released on Apr. 23.

Baltimore figures to still be a major contender to reach Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans. They came up just a game short of reaching the NFL's biggest event a year ago when, as seven-point road underdogs, they dropped a 23-20 contest to the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game.

Sports bettors should prepare for higher-scoring games involving the Ravens this year—especially without Suggs, the former Arizona State star who played in all 32 regular-season games the last two seasons.

The "over" was 3-0 in games that Suggs managed to register one tackle or less.

Baltimore is currently being offered at 18-1 odds to lift the Lombardi Trophy on Feb. 3, 2013—something that doesn't seem possible with Thursday's disappointing news.

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