No Respect!

Underdog

I’m not a gambler, but I’ve got some friends who are.

Living in New England most of my friends are Patriots fans. A couple years back, one of these friends who I’d get together with every Sunday made a decision. To provide an incentive to root for the Ravens with me, he was going to throw a few bucks on them every week. As a neutral observer he’d always say he felt they weren’t given the respect they deserved by the oddsmakers who set the lines.

Aside from enjoying watching the Ravens games, it was at times equally entertaining to see a gambling man’s wide range of emotions when betting on the Ravens. Even when he’d win it was never easy. I think at the end of the year he won more than he’d lost, but it took about four years off his life.

Welcome to life as a Ravens fan.

Historically speaking the Ravens get very little respect from the oddsmakers in Vegas. This comes as no surprise to Baltimore fans who have embraced the underdog mentality. The 2012 postseason was a perfect example.

With the exception of the wild card matchup versus the Colts, the Ravens were heavy underdogs dogs in every other game. At one point they were 9.5 point underdogs in Denver, and a full touchdown in the AFC championship game in New England. On a neutral field in Super Bowl 47 the 49ers were favored by four points.

When Super Bowl 49 odds were released the day after this years Super Bowl it was no surprise to see the Ravens as a long shot. Depending on the site you looked at they were around 30 to 1 to make it to Arizona. Given their 8-8 finish, this seemed about right, but even at that point it seemed they were getting very little respect.

But with the recent upgrades to the offense and a productive offseason, Vegas has to be showing them a little more love now right?

Wrong!

As a matter of fact Bovada in Vegas now has them at 33 to 1 win it all, which was just updated on April 8.

The Ravens, according to Vegas have the same chance to lift the Lombardi next year as the Arizona Cardinals and the 2-14 Houston Texans. Sure the Cardinals have improved but don’t they play in the same division at the Seahawks and the 49ers? And last time I checked the Texans shipped Matt Schaub to the Raiders for a sixth round pick, and Case Keenum is at the top of the depth chart.

The fact that these odds haven’t improved considering the free agent moves the Ravens have made is preposterous. Vegas is essentially saying the Ravens aren’t any better than they were on February 3rd?

Do the Ravens have the most talented roster in the AFC? No they don’t. Do they have a pretty solid chance at getting back to the playoffs with the upgrades they’ve made? Yes.

Just like any other tournament in pro sports, getting to the dance is half the battle. Once a team is in the postseason, if they get healthy and hot at the right time, they have as good a shot as anyone else.

For a team that’s made it to the postseason five of the last six years, and has a Super Bowl MVP as it’s quarterback, at 33 to 1 it’s not a bad bet.

But I’m sure it will cost my friend a few more years…

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Ryan Jones
Ryan Jones is a native of Belair, MD and has been an avid Ravens fan since they came to Baltimore in 1996. He lived in Federal Hill, MD before moving to Boston in 2006. He is the cofounder of Ravens Nation North, a contingent of Ravens fans living in Boston...more

6 Raves on “No Respect!

  1. Ravenlady on said:

    I prefer it when they underestimate us. It makes our success that much sweeter. RAVENS NATION knows where our FLOCK will be at the end if the season & we’re okay with haters hating. It just makes our wings flap that much harder

  2. Johnny O on said:

    Odds makers take many things into consideration when setting futures odds. Likelihood of the team actually winning the Super Bowl, expected money to be bet on that team, etc. If the odds were just based on the consensus expectations, the Ravens odds would be better. Big markets have big money wagered on their teams. Baltimore does not. Ravens fans need to relax with the inferiority complex (myself included at times).

    BTW, I have a $20 ticket on my Ravens to win the 2015 Super Bowl at 40-1. BELIEVE!!!

  3. jws on said:

    First I was born raised in Baltimore and write for a Raven websitee mostly. But I study and cover the entire league in all aspects. Locals have always said and have expressed this no respect idea. Honestly national networks actually do not give the the Ravens fair honest coverage but this is true with about 12 other teams. Dallas, Washington and Philly get more coverage and they never win anything. Bad players or troubled ones gert stories that take up much air time. The Cardinals won 10 games last year, they werewas in he Super Bowl a few years ago and are never mentioned or seen on national TV. Oakland is talked about while the Chargers are hardly mentioned on the West coast, Denver was not in the spotlight until Peyton Manning a network favorite that loses more playoff games than he wins is like a idol. Yes Baltimore gets less coverage but so do lots of others and it is not respect that is lacking but TV network producers that put all this on national tV!

  4. joe on said:

    I put 25 on the ravens to win it all back in late february at 40 to 1 – usually bet them to win the AFC championship or the superbowl every year. I bet them to win the lombardi back in 2000 and I had them winning the afc championship in 2012

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