A clash of two hot teams in the AFC North will headline Maryland sports betting opportunities this Sunday as the division-leading Baltimore Ravens (7-2) host the Cleveland Browns (5-3) at 1 p.m. (CBS). The Browns are 3-2 over their last five games and are coming off a convincing 27-0 home victory over the Arizona Cardinals, its first shutout triumph since 2007.
The Ravens have won four straight games since a 17-10 road loss at the Pittsburgh Steelers on Oct. 8. The John Harbaugh-led team has looked like world-beaters, scoring 30 or more points in their last three games and outscoring their opponents, 106-33, during that span. Bottom line? Don't wait too long to review the Ravens Super Bowl odds.
Utilizing the Champs or Chumps website, BetMaryland.com looked at how teams ended up the rest of the NFL season after starting with a 7-2 record since 2013. There have been 32 teams that have started 7-2 in the last 10 seasons, but only six hoisted the Lombardi Trophy.
Here are the details.
Season Performance Of NFL Teams Starting 7-2
Postseason More Than Likely, But Can Ravens Go All The Way?
Making the postseason is a virtual shoo-in with 31 of the 7-2 teams (96.9%) qualifying for postseason play. After that, 25 teams (78.1%) won a Wild Card Game. The Divisional Round is where it can get rocky, with only 13 (40.6%) teams keeping their dreams alive for another week. Seven (21.9%) have won either an AFC or NFC Championship to advance to the final game.
If you get that far, six (18.8%) of those seven teams have won a Super Bowl title: defending champion Kansas City Chiefs (2022), the Los Angeles Rams (2021), the New England Patriots (2014, 2016, 2018) and the Denver Broncos (2015).
As you can see above, the AFC has been smiling quite often in recent years. Something to note come January on Maryland betting apps.
Ravens In The Driver's Seat
As of Wednesday morning, Baltimore is around a 6-point favorite over the Browns on Sunday with the over/under game total at 38 points. The Ravens are also the clear-cut favorite (-150) to win the AFC North Division over the Cincinnati Bengals (+320), Browns (+500) and Pittsburgh Steelers (+1000).
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