Baltimore Ravens’ starting quarterback Lamar Jackson has let the team know he wants his contract situation settled before the Ravens open up the regular season against the New York Jets on Sept. 11.
If you’re going to look at getting an early jump on the new season across Maryland sports betting, it behooves the Ravens to get Jackson’s new deal done. The 25-year-old has put on muscle coming into camp (he says he is up to 220 pounds) and looks bigger and faster than before. Jackson represents himself in contract talks.
Getting a fast jump on the first month of the season has typically been a Ravens’ strongpoint, according to research compiled for BetMaryland by StatMuse.com.
StatMuse.com compiled the records of every NFL team in September since 2010 to find out the best and worst teams during the first month. Not all the teams have played the same number of games in September, so the ranking was based on win percentage.
Who’s No. 1? Guess who — the New England Patriots, at 29-12 (70.7%). No. 2 is the Green Bay Packers (28-12-1, 68.3%) and the Kansas City Chiefs are No. 3 (27-13, 67.5%).
The Ravens are No. 4 – 26-15, for a win percentage of 63.4%, a stat that proves the excitement for Maryland NFL betting is building.
Best NFL Teams in September Since 2010
Strong Start Will Be Key
Last season the Ravens went 2-1 in September, including a thrilling 19-17 win over the Detroit Lions on Sept. 26 in which kicker Justin Tucker hit an NFL record 66-yard field goal for Baltimore.
The Ravens had a lot of injuries last year, finishing 8-9 (they lost their last six games), missing the playoffs for the first time in three years. And it could be a tough road this season, especially in the AFC North.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are likely a .500 team. And the Cincinnati Bengals made the Super Bowl last year. QB Joe Burrow looks strong after having his appendix removed. And who knows if and when QB Deshaun Watson starts for the Cleveland Browns?
So getting off to a strong start will be more important in Baltimore’s case, in part to cushion the blow if the team can’t stay healthy as the season goes on and to avoid any more late-season slides.
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Ravens Face Jets, Dolphins & Pats This September
This September the Ravens play at the Jets, play host to the Miami Dolphins, then are on the road again against the Patriots. The Jets won’t have starting quarterback Zach Wilson, who’s having knee surgery this week and is expected to be out up to four weeks.
Miami is interesting — the Dolphins finished last season at 9-8 and acquired star receiver Tyreek Hill. But they do have a new coach in Mike McDaniel.
The Patriots are a mystery — despite going 10-7 last season, a lot of people are counting them out. A lot of that comes down to debate over their quarterback, Mac Jones, despite the fact he looked pretty poised as a rookie last year. Plus, the Patriots have a staunch defense – second in the league in team defense last season.
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