How Do the Baltimore Ravens Fare as Home Underdogs?

How Do the Baltimore Ravens Fare as Home Underdogs?
By Lou Monaco
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

An intriguing AFC matchup takes place Sunday as this year’s Super Bowl favorite, the 2-1 Buffalo Bills, visit the 2-1 Baltimore Ravens at M&T Stadium (CBS, 1 p.m.).

This meeting of conference heavyweights could prompt a fair amount of Maryland sports betting at retail locations.

Online sports betting in Maryland has been passed but has not yet launched. The timetable for that probably will be accelerated by last week’s decision by the state’s Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (SWARC) to institute the acceptance of rolling applications rather than waiting for a unified date for all operators to commence.

Although late November was mentioned as a possibility, it is more reasonable to think of a start sometime in December for Maryland betting apps.

Setting the Odds on Bills-Ravens

As of Thursday morning, the Bills are a 3-point favorite at FanDuel Maryland.

You also can get Buffalo as a -162 moneyline favorite at FanDuel, with the Ravens a +136 moneyline underdog. Over/under total points for the game is 51.

Ravens Mighty as Home Underdog

Here is some data in the Ravens’ favor for Sunday afternoon.

Baltimore comes into Sunday’s contest with the league’s top offense through the first three weeks (33.0 points per game).

BetMaryland.com utilized StatMuse.com to determine how the Ravens have performed as a home underdog.

The finding was reveling: The Ravens have covered as a home underdog in five consecutive games and seven of their last nine.

Here are the last five games, all either covers or outright wins by the Ravens: 

                                       
DateOpponentRavens’ SpreadFinal ScoreCover?
1/2/22Rams  +7  Loss, 20-19 Yes
12/19/21 Packers +9 Loss, 31-30 Yes
9/19/21  Chiefs +3.5 Win, 36-35 Yes
12/29/19 Steelers +3.5 Win, 28-10 Yes
11/3/19 Patriots +1.5 Win, 37-20 Yes

Also, in franchise history, the Ravens are notoriously good at home, compiling a 143-66-1 (.683) record at M&T Stadium. In those games, Baltimore has averaged 24.7 points per game and has held opponents to 17.8.

Ravens-Bills FanDuel Futures Heading into Week 4

With a 37-26 road victory against the New England Patriots last Sunday, the Ravens have moved into the top seven for Super Bowl favorites, tied with the San Francisco 49ers and Miami Dolphins at +1800, according to DraftKings Maryland.

Here are the top picks to win it all at DraftKings:

  • Buffalo Bills: +400
  • Kansas City Chiefs: +750
  • Philadelphia Eagles: +800
  • Green Bay Packers: +900
  • Tampa Bay Bucs: +1000
  • Los Angeles Rams: +1500
  • Baltimore Ravens: +1800
  • Miami Dolphins: +1800
  • San Francisco 49ers: +1800

To win the AFC, the Ravens are third at +800 in Maryland NFL betting at DraftKings. Buffalo retains the favorite spot at +225.

Two Teams with a Stud Quarterback

Sunday shapes up as a battle of supreme quarterbacks.

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, who was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Month for September, leads the league with 12 combined passing and rushing touchdowns. Bills quarterback Josh Allen ranks second with 10.

Each player has recorded at least four combined passing and rushing touchdowns in two games this season and can join Russell Wilson (2020) as the only players in NFL history to accomplish the feat in three of their first four games of a season.

Jackson, who currently ranks fifth in the league in rushing yards (243), became the first player in NFL history with at least three TD passes and 100 rushing yards in consecutive games. He also can become the first QB to record at least 100 rushing yards in three games in a row.

BetMaryland.com is always a good source for betting info, especially for the top Maryland sports betting promos.

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Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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