It may only be April, but football season will be here before you know it! The upcoming NFL season presents a ton of excitement for sports fans in Maryland, as the sports betting industry is taking shape in the state. Retail sports betting is available at multiple Maryland casinos, and mobile betting apps are expected to launch later this year. As of now, the hope is that mobile betting can be up and running around the start of the NFL season.
The Baltimore Ravens play their home games at M&T Bank Stadium located in the heart of downtown Baltimore, and they figure to play a big part in the Maryland sports betting landscape.
Let’s take a closer look at the types of bets and odds available on the Ravens heading into the 2022-23 season.
Baltimore Ravens Betting Odds
There are a number of ways to bet on the Ravens. Odds for individual games are not yet available, but futures odds are currently listed on most platforms. The table below shows the Ravens’ futures odds for the upcoming season as of June 12.
|Sportsbooks||AFC North Winner||AFC Winner||Super Bowl Winner||Regular Season Win Total|
|DraftKings||+190||+1100||+2200||Over 9.5 (-150)
Under 9.5 (+125)
|FanDuel||+160||+1200||+2000||Over 9.5 (-130)
Under 9.5 (+110)
|BetMGM||+200||+1100||+2000||Over 9.5 (-135)
Under 9.5 (+110)
|Caesars||+190||+1200||+2200||Over 9.5 (-130)
Under 9.5 (+110)
After three straight playoff appearances from 2018 to 2020, the Ravens missed the playoffs last season with a disappointing 8-9 record. The team battled injuries all season long, and struggled down the stretch, losing their final six games. QB Lamar Jackson missed the final five games, but all signs point to him being ready to roll for this year’s season opener.
Lamar Jackson MVP Odds
Jackson won the NFL’s MVP Award in 2019, and after an injury-filled 2021 season, Jackson is looking to return to his elite form. On FanDuel, he is +2000 to win the MVP this season. Those +2000 odds are the ninth-best in the league as of April 14.
Players ahead of him include Josh Allen (+700), Patrick Mahomes (+700), Tom Brady (+800), Aaron Rodgers (+1000), Justin Herbert (+1000), Dak Prescott (+1200), Joe Burrow (+1200), Russell Wilson (+1400), and Matthew Stafford (+1400).
Much like team futures bets, these MVP odds will fluctuate throughout the season.
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Retail Sports Betting Locations In Maryland
Right now, Maryland sports fans can only place bets in person. Seventeen retail locations were designated in the Maryland sports wagering law. These include casinos, horse tracks, sports facilities, off-track betting locations, and bingo halls. Online sports betting is expected to launch in Maryland later this year. In the meantime, football fans can place their wagers at five land-based casinos in Maryland. They are:
- Horseshoe Casino Baltimore – 1525 Russell St, Baltimore, MD 21230
- MGM National Harbor – 101 MGM National Ave, Oxon Hill, MD 20745
- Maryland Live! Casino & Hotel – 7002 Arundel Mills Cir, Hanover, MD 21076
- Hollywood Casino Perryville – 1201 Chesapeake Overlook Pkwy, Perryville, MD 21903
- Ocean Downs Casino – 10218 Racetrack Rd, Berlin, MD 21811
A sixth casino, Bingo World in Baltimore, could be the next retail casino to offer sports betting. In February, BetRivers Sportsbook became the latest sports betting platform to qualify for a potential operator license in Maryland, and if approved, BetRivers would be the official sports betting operator at Bingo World.
Types Of NFL Bets
Along with futures odds for divisions, conferences, and the Super Bowl, football fans in Maryland can bet on individual NFL games. Sportsbook platforms offer users plenty of options, but the most common types of NFL wagers include:
Point Spreads: The sportsbook determines the favorite in the game and the underdog, and the point spread is the number of points the favorite is expected to win by. The favored team is followed by a minus sign (-) and the point margin, while the underdog is listed with a plus sign (+). For example, if the Ravens are favored by 4.5 points, they would be listed at -4.5.
If you place a bet on the favored team, it would need to win by more than the listed amount of points for you to win the bet. If you bet on the underdog, listed next to a plus (+) symbol, they would need to either win the game outright or finish the game within the listed amount of points for you to win the bet.
Money Line: In a money line bet, you are betting on which team you think will win the game. The margin of victory is irrelevant as money line bets are based on picking one team to win while the other team loses. If you bet on the Ravens to win and they do, you win money. Simple as that.
Totals (or Over/Unders): Typically referred to as the Over/Under (O/U) or the total, these bets have to do with the total amount of points that teams combine to score in the game. You can either bet that the total points go over the amount set by the sportsbook, or that it fails to reach that number.
Parlays: This is when you make multiple bets on a bet slip to increase your payout. In this type of bet, if just one of the bets loses, you lose all the money risked. All bets on the parlay have to win to receive the total payout.
Player Props: These types of bets involve player statistics. Popular wagers include QB passing yards, RB rushing yards, and touchdowns. For example, bettors can bet on Lamar Jackson to go over or under his listed passing total of 175.5 yards in a single game.
No matter which wager you prefer, you can find it at Maryland’s retail sports betting locations. In addition, all of these bets will be available on Maryland sportsbook apps once the industry launches later this year. Be sure to check back on Maryland Sharp for more updates as they happen.