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What Maryland Sports Betting Means For Ravens Fans

Baltimore Ravens fans will soon have access to sports betting in Maryland via online and retail sportsbooks. While the exact launch date is unclear, Maryland sports bettors should have access before the end of the year, with plenty of time for betting on the Ravens’ regular season and playoffs. Sports betting apps will also take bets on the Ravens to win the Super Bowl LVI months in advance.

Maryland Sports Betting Apps

Maryland bettors will have access to up to 60 online sportsbooks, which would be the most in the US by far. While the landscape will be much smaller when sports betting first launches, bettors can expect some betting apps on day one. This list should include BetMGM, DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM, and Caesars Sportsbook. 

All online sports betting apps in Maryland will offer competitive odds on every Ravens game. The types of bets include moneyline, points spread, props, and live betting. You can also place a wide variety of parlay wagers.

Baltimore Ravens Sports Betting Partnerships

Three of Maryland’s future sports betting apps have already become official sports betting partners of the Baltimore Ravens:

  • DraftKings: DraftKings became the only official daily fantasy sports (DFS) partner of the Baltimore Ravens as well as an official sports betting and free-to-play partner. But more notably, a retail DraftKings Sportsbook will be available at M&T Stadium, home of the Ravens, for in-person sports betting.
  • Caesars Sportsbook: Caesars Entertainment owns Horseshoe Baltimore, which is the only official casino partner of the Ravens. Caesars Sportsbook is also a sports betting partner and will feature heavily in Ravens digital content. Further, Horseshoe Baltimore is the new sponsor of Ravenstown Saturday Nights, where fans meet former players and tour the stadium the night before a Sunday home game.
  • BetMGM: With the distinction of being the first official sports betting partner of the Baltimore Ravens, BetMGM has a head start on its competition for devising special offers and odds boosters surrounding the team.

While all sportsbooks in Maryland will offer bets on all NFL games, including every Ravens game, the team’s official sports betting partners are the most likely to frequently offer the biggest promotions and odds boosters.

Retail Sportsbooks Coming To Baltimore And Beyond

Bettors will be able to visit up to 30 retail sportsbook locations across the state of Maryland. However, the 17 locations named in House Bill 940, which legalized sports betting in the state, will offer in-person sports betting from the start. The Maryland State Lottery & Gaming Control Agency will issue Class A and Class B licenses, which have varied application and licensing fees based on the size of the venue.

For Class A licenses, the six retail sportsbook locations in Maryland will include:

  • DraftKings Sportsbook inside M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, home of the Ravens.
  • BetMGM Sportsbook inside MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill.
  • FanDuel Sportsbook inside Live! Casino & Hotel in Hanover.
  • Caesars Sportsbook inside Horseshoe Baltimore.

Two additional sports stadiums will also receive licenses, but the specific sportsbook brand is not yet announced:

  • Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore (home of the MLB’s Orioles).
  • FedEx Field in Landover (home of the NFL’s Washington Football Team).

Sports bettors will also have access to these three retail sportsbook locations:

  • TwinSpires Sportsbook at Ocean Downs Casino in Berlin.
  • Caesars Sportsbook at Hollywood Casino in Perryville.
  • PointsBet at Riverboat on the Potomac.

And these eight locations will receive a retail license but have not announced a sports betting partnership:

  • Rocky Gap Casino in Flintstone
  • Laurel Park Race Track in Laurel
  • Pimlico Race Track in Baltimore
  • Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium
  • Bingo World in Baltimore
  • Rod-n-Reel in Chesapeake Beach
  • Jockey Bar and Grill in Boonsboro
  • Greenmount Station in Hampstead
  • Long Shot’s in Frederick

So no matter where they’re located across Maryland, Baltimore Ravens fans will have access to several online sports betting apps and a nearby retail sportsbook location.

Why The Ravens Could Be Super Bowl Contenders This Season

New England Patriots vs Baltimore Ravens, 2015 AFC Divisional Playoffs

Back in 2013, the Baltimore Ravens battled it out against the San Francisco in Super Bowl XLVII, coming out victorious with a hard-fought 34-31 win and bringing joy to Ravens fans everywhere.

Since then, there have been some close calls, but no cigar. But many experts believe that the Ravens have what it takes to make a run at the Super Bowl this season, and we’re pretty damn excited about this prospect!

According to FanDuel, the Ravens are tied with the Los Angeles Rams with the fifth-best odds to win Super Bowl LVI behind the Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Buffalo Bills, and San Francisco 49ers. FanDuel also has the Ravens as the seventh-best team in their Power Rankings behind the Chiefs, Buccaneers, Bills, Rams, 49ers and Cleveland Browns.

Lamar Jackson is entering his fourth season as the Ravens QB, and he’s led the team to the playoffs in each of the past three years and has led the league in rushing for the past two seasons.

With the addition of veteran WR Sammy Watkins and some of this year’s draft picks, Baltimore has boosted its passing attack. And their defense is expected to be strong as well.

Pro Football Focus seems to back this up as well, ranking the Ravens with the fifth-best roster in the NFL going into the 2021 season, stacked with plenty of talented individuals that could take the team to the Big Game.

Watkins thinks that they’ve got enough young talent, great coaches, and the right vibe to follow in KC’s footsteps and make a run for the Super Bowl.

It should be fun to see how the season plays out. If you’re feeling confident in the Ravens’ chances this season, this might be the time to put your money where your mouth is, especially now that it’s legal to bet. In fact, according to Sports Betting Dime, Maryland state officials estimate that sports wagering could generate up to $20 million a year in tax revenue.

The Ravens Have a Number of Big Games to Get Ready For in 2021

The 2021 Baltimore Ravens slate was released on Wednesday night, and the schedule for the Ravens is chock full of big-name games that fans across the U.S. are going to want to make sure to put time aside to see.

Baltimore made it to the divisional round last year, only to lose a tough 17-3 game in Buffalo to the Bills.

Now the team is hoping that with Lamar Jackson at 100 percent the team can continue to build and eventually get to the promise land of the Super Bowl.

Here are the 3 matchups that I’m most looking forward to:

9/13 at Las Vegas – The Ravens and Raiders mark the start of prime-time play on Monday evenings, and it should be a great game in Las Vegas between the two foes. Baltimore will need to make sure to hold Derek Carr in check and the rest of the Raiders offense as they look to lay down an effort on defense.

10/11 vs Indianapolis – It’s another Monday night affair, and this time it’s in Baltimore as the Ravens welcome in Carson Wentz and company to look for a key early October win. The Ravens will have already played five games, so being 4-1 or even 5-0 is a huge boost for a Ravens team that needs it.

11/11 at Miami – It’s a Thursday night affair with the Dolphins hosting Lamar Jackson and the Ravens, and the two teams that have played plenty before will go at it in what should be a solid game. Jackson’s had good success against the Fins over the years, but Miami is getting better, and the Ravens can’t take them for granted.

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The Baltimore Ravens 2021 Schedule Has Been Released

Star power is what the NFL is all about, and for the Baltimore Ravens, there’s a couple big name players on the team that the club wants to see get better in 2021 as they look to take another step forward for success.

The Ravens boast possibly the best player in the game today with quarterback Lamar Jackson, who even when not 100 percent still is one of, if not the best players in the NFL.

Jackson was not able to pull off the win in the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Bills, and still is taking heat from fans for only producing three points in a 17-3 loss.

The new year for teams around the NFL, including the Ravens, means new hope. The AFC North with the rise of Cleveland and the usual hard-nosed play of the Steelers, means it won’t be easy to make it to the league’s ‘second season’ of the playoffs.

You can check out the full Ravens schedule below:

Baltimore Ravens 2021 Schedule

Week 1: Sep. 13 at Las Vegas Raiders (Mon) 8:15 PM ESPN/ABC
Week 2: Sep. 19 Kansas City Chiefs 8:20 PM NBC
Week 3: Sep. 26 at Detroit Lions 1:00 PM CBS
Week 4: Oct. 3 at Denver Broncos 4:25 PM CBS
Week 5: Oct. 11 Indianapolis Colts (Mon) 8:15 PM ESPN
Week 6: Oct. 17 Los Angeles Chargers 1:00 PM CBS
Week 7: Oct. 24 Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 PM CBS
Week 8: BYE
Week 9: Nov. 7 Minnesota Vikings 1:00 PM FOX
Week 10: Nov. 11 at Miami Dolphins (Thu) 8:20 PM FOX/NFLN/Amazon
Week 11: Nov. 21 at Chicago Bears 1:00 PM CBS
Week 12: Nov. 28 Cleveland Browns 8:20 PM NBC
Week 13: Dec. 5 at Pittsburgh Steelers 4:25 PM CBS
Week 14: Dec. 12 at Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM CBS
Week 15: Dec. 19 Green Bay Packers 1:00 PM FOX
Week 16: Dec. 26 at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 PM CBS
Week 17: Jan. 2 Los Angeles Rams 4:25 PM FOX
Week 18: Jan. 9 Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00 PM CBS

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Here’s hoping Baltimore can do enough to secure home field for the playoffs as they look to build on their playoff run of a season ago when they lost in the divisional round to the Buffalo Bills!!

Will The NBA Ever Return To Baltimore?

Will the NBA ever return to the Baltimore? It is a question that has been floated around several times over the years.

Here we look at how likely that move is with respect of both the immediate and longer-term views.

A battle of two former NBA cities

Firstly, let’s not ignore the fact that Baltimore did once have a NBA team. That was the Baltimore Bullets.

They were formed in 1944. The Bullets spent a few years in the ABL then flipped to the BAA, where they won a Championship, before spending their last few years existence in the NBA. They team folded in 1954 – just a decade after their formation.

In a world where elite basketball does return to Baltimore it will not be an easy route with plenty of roadblocks in the way. Most notably there is the issue of a sports arena, which is a) a long drawn-out process to develop and b) is something that has recently been overlooked by Mayor Brandon Scott.

The other factor to consider is that life isn’t as simple as ‘Baltimore want a NBA team, let’s get them in’. If the NBA was to be expanded, which at the moment looks unlikely, then there would be other cities keen to have their name in the mix.

The main opposition would come from Seattle. They previously boasted the Seattle SuperSonics, who were home to the likes of top defensive player Gary Payton and star center Jack Sikma, between 1967 and 2008.

That franchise is now based in Oklahoma aka the Oklahoma Thunder; it’s of little comfort to the fans who reside in Seattle. In fact, they’re known to feel rather disrespected by the league for taking their team away.

With protests having previously taken place it would be easy to assume noise of a NBA comeback is just fan unrest. It’s not. Players and coaches have been making waves about Seattle making a return and rumors have been on and off for a few years now.

The NBA view

If you look at Baltimore and Seattle, both cities have a strong case for having a NBA team. For starters, they’ve both been on the journey before but, more importantly, they’re known to have a passionate fan base who would immediately bring something to the league.

Unfortunately, the biggest of the roadblocks we touched on earlier is that the NBA have to want another team. So, the question is, do they want another team?

If you can trust the public words of commissioner Adam Silver, the answer is no. At least not imminently. The positive minded Baltimore fans might cling to his words that ‘expansion is inevitable’ but a deeper inspection of his interview would tell you that the NBA will be remaining a 30 team league for the foreseeable future.

Of course, there is the more positive spin of his statement – there will be expansion at some point be it in two, five or even 10 years’ time.

So, will we see Baltimore back in the NBA at some point?

Don’t quote us on it but it wouldn’t be the biggest shock in the world. A lot of the decision making will depend on how many teams they want to add to the league. Why is this important? Well, evidence would suggest that Seattle have first dibs on a spot.

Now, in all likelihood the NBA will expand by more than just one team. If they opted for a more even addition of two teams then you wonder how Baltimore would be seen.

As we’ve said, there is undoubtedly an appetite for a team to return whether that’s a rebirth of the Bullets or a new franchise but expanding the league only to delve into two previously used locations might not be the most popular move outside of Baltimore.

With places like Las Vegas and Mexico City also likely to be in the running it would be far from a foregone conclusion.

We fully expect NBA will be back in Baltimore at some point, but the reality is that it might not be for generations. Surely, we can’t wait to see Baltimore figure among the list of teams in NBA odds of edge.twinspires.com.

Ravens Expected to Try and Lock Up QB Jackson, Harbaugh Says It’s Just a Matter Of Time

The biggest offseason task for the Ravens will be to start trying to get their MVP quarterback Lamar Jackson under contract long term.

The 24-year-old finally got a playoff win in 2020, beating the Titans, and it’s a no-brainer that the Ravens want to keep him around for the future.

Jackson took home the MVP in 2019, and is still regarded as a star in the making, and in his three seasons he’s thrown 68 touchdowns with 18 picks, and carries a 102.6 quarterback rating in three years.

In three seasons as starter he’s led Baltimore to a 30-7 record, and despite being just 1-3 in the playoffs there’s no doubt the team is better with him under center.

Coach John Harbaugh said on Wednesday that it’s just a matter of time before a deal with the 24-year-old quarterback gets done.

It will be interesting what the Ravens will have to pay Jackson to keep him happy, but whatever it is expect them to ante up and pay it.

Ravens Overcome Early Deficit, Top Titans 20-13 in AFC Wild Card Game to Advance

Lamar Jackson and the Ravens can finally breathe again – the 2019 NFL MVP has finally won a playoff game.

Not that it was easy, as the Ravens fell behind the Titans early 10-0 in Nashville, but the Ravens rallied, outscoring the Titans 20-3 the rest of the way to win 20-13 to advance in the AFC playoffs.

If the favored Steelers beat the Browns it means the Ravens will play the Kansas City Chiefs, if Cleveland wins the Ravens will go to Buffalo to play Josh Allen and the Bills.

Jackson was the story, going over 100 yards rushing, and changing the game with the Ravens down 10-3 on a 48-yard touchdown run on a play when he could have been sacked.

It was the second-longest postseason touchdown run by a quarterback.

Baltimore allowed an early touchdown and field goal, but tightened up and allowed just a field goal to the Titans the remainder of the way.

They gave up just 40 yards to NFL leading rusher Derrick Henry on 18 carries, a 2.2 yards per carry average.

Jackson overcame a shaky start to play well, going He went 17-for-24 for 179 yards throwing with an interception. He ran for 136 yards on 16 carries including the long score to tie the game at 10.

The Titans had one last chance in the final minutes to tie the game, but Marcus Peters came up with an interception to seal the win.

With the pick, the Ravens exacted some revenge by dancing on the Titans logo at midfield, something the Titans did earlier in the season.

Ravens vs Jaguars – Keys to a Baltimore Victory in Week 15

It’s week 15 in the NFL and the Ravens are still in the AFC playoff race despite having a mid-season disaster when it seemed like over half the team tested positive for Covid-19.

Baltimore showed a ton of heart this past Monday night, as the team traveled to Cleveland and it seemed like against all odds were five points better than the Browns, beating Cleveland with a Justin Tucker 55-yard field goal in the final seconds to win 47-42.

This week the competition is a lot easier, as the team is at home to play host to the Jacksonville Jaguars, a team that won in week one and has not won since, losing 12 in a row and entering action this week at 1-12.

The Ravens are favorites by 13 points according to Sports Betting Dime, and many think with Lamar Jackson playing at the level he did on Monday night that the birds are going to run away with a win.

Here’s a couple quick keys to making sure that things will go Baltimore’s way on Sunday to get the team to 9-5, keeping them in the AFC Wild Card race with a couple other teams as the 2020 season gets close to the end.

1. Jackson Needs to Keep Playing at a High Level

Coming back from a positive Covid-19 test, Lamar Jackson looked fantastic against the Browns on Monday night, going 11 of 17 passes for 163 yards and a touchdown after he came back into the game from leg cramps.

Jackson didn’t throw a pick which was great, as the team could not afford any turnovers against a Browns team that was playing with everything on their side.

The reigning NFL MVP’s legs were just as impressive as his arm, as he rushed for a season-high 124 yards and two touchdowns. The game came down to the final minutes, in which Jackson was at his best, throwing a touchdown to Marquise Brown on a 4th down play.

He and the offense cannot afford to give the Jaguars life Sunday, and if he can play at the same level he did against Cleveland, the Ravens will come out with a win.

2. Calais Campbell’s Impact on the Ravens D is Huge

The Ravens defense is just that much better when both Calais Campbell is in the lineup, and that came out again on Monday against the Browns.

Right now entering Sunday Campbell is tied for the team lead with four sacks and has five tackles for a loss and 10 quarterback hits.

The Ravens are just a different team when he plays, and the team is siked to have him in the lineup, as the defense is just that much better.

Consider the fact that Baltimore lost all three games when he Campbell was sidelined with a calf injury.
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Look for the Ravens defense to feast off of the Jags, and once again for Campbell to play at a high level.

Pick: The Ravens can’t afford to have a letdown even against a team that has lost a dozen in a row and has not won a game since a 27-20 win over the Indianapolis Colts on September 13th.

Look for Jackson to have a huge game on the ground along with the big two of J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards, and look for the D to have a big game as well with some turnovers and halting the Jags tepid offense.

In the end, an easy win for the Ravens.

Baltimore 37 Jacksonville 17