Football season is still several months away, but it’s never too early to look at NFL betting odds. Sports betting is starting to make its way through Maryland, and sports fans in the state can get in on the action. 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 Washington Commanders figure to be a popular team when it comes to Maryland sports betting. The Commanders play their home games at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., and fans of the team live throughout the state and surrounding areas.
Let’s take a closer look at the betting landscape surrounding the Washington Commanders heading into the 2022-23 season.
Washington Commanders Betting Odds
There are a number of ways to bet on the Washington Commanders. Odds for individual games are not yet available, but futures odds are currently listed on most platforms. The table below shows the Commanders’ futures odds for the upcoming season as of June 12.
|NFC East Winner||NFC Winner||Super Bowl Winner||Regular Season Win Total|
|DraftKings||+450||+2500||+6000||Over 8 (-110)
Under 8 (-110)
|FanDuel||+450||+3100||+7000||Over 8.5 (+145)
Under 8.5 (-170)
|BetMGM||+500||+2500||+5000||Over 7.5 (-125)
Under 7.5 (+105)
|Caesars||+500||+3000||+6000||Over 7.5 (-115)
Under 7.5 (-105)
Carson Wentz was brought in to be Washington’s new quarterback, and his time in the NFL has been somewhat of a roller coaster. Consistency, injuries, and decision-making have plagued Wentz throughout the years, but Washington hopes he can regain his form that was seen from 2017-19 when he threw for 81 touchdowns and posted QB ratings of 101.9, 102.2, and 93.1.
The trade impacted Washington’s Super Bowl 57 odds. Initially, its odds to win it all were listed at +5000 on Caesars Sportsbook, DraftKings, and FanDuel Maryland. However, as of April 14, FanDuel has the Commanders listed at +5500, DraftKings Maryland has them listed at +6500, and Caesars Maryland has them listed at odds as far as +7000 to win Super Bowl 57.
Ron Rivera is entering his third season as the head coach in Washington. He has posted a record of 14-19 through two seasons. It was Rivera’s third season as the head coach of the Carolina Panthers in which he led the team to a 12-4 record, and Washington fans are hoping things start coming together in his third year with the Commanders.
Keep in mind that these odds can fluctuate throughout the offseason and once the season gets going.
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 Commanders are favored by 3.5 points, they would be listed at -3.5.
If you place a bet on the favored team, they 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 Commanders 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 Carson Wentz to go over or under his listed passing total of 202.5 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.
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