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Bovada gives Cowboys better odds to win Super Bowl than Ravens

Posted on 03 September 2013 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).


“Super Bowl odds have fallen into place with the season a few days away and Denver and San Francisco remain co-favorites at 6-1. The Broncos and 49ers have also taken more money than any other team with Green Bay right behind them at 12-1. The Bears and Cowboys have seen significant action the last couple weeks and have both dropped to 25-1 and at this point are two of the biggest losers for the book.”

Kevin Bradley, Sports Book Manager, Bovada.lv


Odds to win the 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII         

Denver Broncos                        6/1

San Francisco 49ers                  6/1

Seattle Seahawks                      17/2

New England Patriots                10/1

Atlanta Falcons                         12/1

Green Bay Packers                    12/1

Houston Texans                        16/1

New Orleans Saints                   18/1

Chicago Bears                          25/1

Cincinnati Bengals                     25/1

Dallas Cowboys                        25/1

New York Giants                       25/1

Baltimore Ravens                      28/1

Pittsburgh Steelers                    28/1

Washington Redskins                33/1

Detroit Lions                             40/1

Indianapolis Colts                      40/1

Miami Dolphins                         40/1

Minnesota Vikings                     40/1

St. Louis Rams                         40/1

Kansas City Chiefs                    50/1

Philadelphia Eagles                   50/1

San Diego Chargers                  50/1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers             50/1

Carolina Panthers                      66/1

Arizona Cardinals                      125/1

New York Jets                           125/1

Buffalo Bills                              150/1

Cleveland Browns                      150/1

Tennessee Titans                       150/1

Oakland Raiders                        250/1

Jacksonville Jaguars                 300/1


Odds to win the 2014 AFC Conference

Denver Broncos                        2/1

New England Patriots                9/2

Houston Texans                        13/2

Cincinnati Bengals                     9/1

Baltimore Ravens                      12/1

Pittsburgh Steelers                    12/1

Indianapolis Colts                      15/1

Miami Dolphins                         18/1

San Diego Chargers                  20/1

Kansas City Chiefs                    25/1

Cleveland Browns                      50/1

New York Jets                           50/1

Buffalo Bills                              66/1

Tennessee Titans                       66/1

Jacksonville Jaguars                 125/1

Oakland Raiders                        125/1


Odds to win the 2014 NFC Conference 

San Francisco 49ers                  4/1

Seattle Seahawks                      5/1

Green Bay Packers                    11/2

Atlanta Falcons                         7/1

New Orleans Saints                   10/1

New York Giants                       12/1

Chicago Bears                          14/1

Dallas Cowboys                        14/1

Washington Redskins                18/1

Detroit Lions                             22/1

St. Louis Rams                         22/1

Minnesota Vikings                     25/1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers             25/1

Carolina Panthers                      28/1

Philadelphia Eagles                   28/1

Arizona Cardinals                      66/1


Odds to win the 2014 AFC East Division

New England Patriots                1/3

Miami Dolphins                         13/4

Buffalo Bills                              9/1

New York Jets                           14/1


Odds to win the 2014 AFC North Division

Cincinnati Bengals                     9/5

Pittsburgh Steelers                    11/5

Baltimore Ravens                      9/4

Cleveland Browns                      5/1


Odds to win the 2014 AFC South Division       

Houston Texans                        2/5

Indianapolis Colts                      12/5

Tennessee Titans                       8/1

Jacksonville Jaguars                 28/1


Odds to win the 2014 AFC West Division

Denver Broncos                        1/3

San Diego Chargers                  6/1

Kansas City Chiefs                    4/1

Oakland Raiders                        20/1


Odds to win the 2014 NFC East Division

New York Giants                       2/1

Dallas Cowboys                        2/1

Washington Redskins                5/2

Philadelphia Eagles                   4/1


Odds to win the 2014 NFC North Division

Green Bay Packers                    5/7

Chicago Bears                          3/1

Detroit Lions                             9/2

Minnesota Vikings                     6/1


Odds to win the 2014 NFC South Division       

Atlanta Falcons                         7/5

New Orleans Saints                   7/4

Carolina Panthers                      4/1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers             5/1


Odds to win the 2014 NFC West Division         

San Francisco 49ers                  11/10

Seattle Seahawks                      11/10

St. Louis Rams                         5/1

Arizona Cardinals                      20/1


Miscellaneous Odds and Ends

Who will be the first head coach fired during the 2013 Regular Season?

Rex Ryan                                  3/2

Dennis Allen                              3/1

Mike Munchak                           5/1

Ron Rivera                                11/2

Jason Garrett                            15/2

Jim Schwartz                             12/1


Will any Quarterback record 5000 or more Passing yards in the 2013 Regular Season?

Yes                  -200     (1/2)

No                    +150     (3/2)


Will any Player record 2000 or more Receiving yards in the 2013 Regular Season?

Yes                  +400     (4/1)

No                    -700     (1/7)


Will any Player record 2000 or more Rushing yards in the 2013 Regular Season?

Yes                  +300     (3/1)

No                    -500     (1/5)


Will any Quarterback record 1000 or more Rushing yards in the 2013 Regular Season?

Yes                  +200     (2/1)

No                    -300     (1/3)


Will any Team go 16-0 in the 2013 Regular Season?    

Yes                  +1500   (15/1)

No                    -3000   (1/30)


Will any Team go 0-16 in the 2013 Regular Season?    

Yes                  +2000   (20/1)

No                    -5000   (1/50)

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Ravens agree to two-year deal with former Cowboys DE Spears

Posted on 15 March 2013 by Luke Jones

While losing starters virtually everywhere else on their defense, the Ravens continued to get stronger along the defensive line by agreeing to a two-year deal with defensive end Marcus Spears on Friday.

Multiple outlets are reporting the deal is worth a total of $3.5 million. The 30-year-old lineman was released by the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday after signing a five-year, $19.2 million contract in 2011.

As soon as Spears hit the market, the Ravens showed immediate interest as general manager Ozzie Newsome declared a need to improve the defensive line at the end of the season. Spears is the second defensive end to be signed by the Ravens this week after former New York Giant Chris Canty was signed to a three-year deal on Tuesday.

“Spears, like Canty, can play multiple positions along the line,” Newsome said in a team statement. “He brings a lot of snaps and big game experience to us. We like the way Marcus plays. He will fit in with the Ravens way of playing.”

Spears never lived up to his billing as a first-round pick of the 2005 draft but played eight seasons in Dallas, accumulating 226 tackles and 10 sacks. Last season, the former LSU standout collected 25 tackles and one sack in 15 games, one of which he started.

Defensive coordinator Dean Pees now appears to have a surplus of defensive ends, which makes you wonder if defensive tackle Haloti Ngata might be moving to nose tackle, a position where he has plenty of experience. Canty and Spears appear to be more traditional defensive ends in a 3-4 base scheme — though the 6-foot-4, 315-pound Spears has occasionally played some nose tackle in the past — and would rotate with Arthur Jones, who received a second-round tender as a restricted free agent earlier this week. In that scenario, Pernell McPhee would continue to be used in mostly passing situations like he was in the postseason.

“The base of a good defense is to be good along the defensive line,” Newsome said. “We didn’t play to our standards last season, partly because of injury. With the expected better health of players like Haloti Ngata and Pernell McPhee and the additions of Marcus Spears and Chris Canty, we have a chance to improve.”

Given the Ravens’ lack of depth at the linebacker position and sudden surplus of defensive linemen, others have speculated that Baltimore should consider moving to a 4-3 defense, but the organization has given no indication such a change is coming.


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Ravens clinch fifth straight trip to playoffs with Pittsburgh loss

Posted on 16 December 2012 by Luke Jones

BALTIMORE — Only a few hours after suffering their worst home defeat in over five years, the Ravens officially received their ticket to their fifth straight trip to the playoffs after the Pittsburgh Steelers fell in Dallas.

The Ravens failed to clinch the AFC North title after suffering a humbling 34-17 defeat to the Denver Broncos, but the Cowboys’ overtime win over Pittsburgh officially sent Baltimore to a league-best fifth consecutive postseason appearance. Still one game ahead of the Bengals in the division race, the Ravens can take care of business themselves against the New York Giants in Baltimore with a win next Sunday to secure the AFC North crown.

Clinching the AFC North next week will not be possible if the Ravens lose to the Giants, regardless of what happens in the Week 16 Steelers-Bengals game. A Cincinnati win would set up a Week 17 showdown with the Ravens in which the winner takes the division. A Steelers win over the Bengals would set up a potential scenario in which the three AFC North teams could all finish the season with 9-7 records if Cincinnati would beat Baltimore and Pittsburgh would beat Cleveland in Week 17. This would result in Pittsburgh winning the three-way head-to-head tiebreaker to take the division.

Of course, the Ravens would cure all headaches by beating the Giants and putting all these tiebreaker scenarios to rest.

Regardless of how the next two weeks play out, Baltimore is the only team in the league to win a playoff game in each of the last four seasons, and the Ravens will have a chance to do it once again this January.


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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens for Week 6

Posted on 16 October 2012 by Luke Jones

Below are our Tuesday Top 7 Ravens players in the 31-29 win over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 6. We’ll track our rankings throughout the 2012 season using the following point system:

No. 1 – 7 points
No. 2 – 6 points
No. 3 – 5 points
No. 4 – 4 points
No. 5 – 3 points
No. 6 – 2 points
No. 7 – 1 point

You can hear Luke’s explanation HERE and Drew’s HERE.

Luke Jones’ Top 7 …

7) Marshal Yanda

6) Kelechi Osemele

5) Anquan Boldin

4) Michael Oher

3) Jacoby Jones

2) Ray Rice

1) Joe Flacco

Drew Forrester’s Top 7


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Ravens-Cowboys: Inactives and pre-game notes

Posted on 14 October 2012 by Luke Jones

BALTIMORE — Welcoming the Dallas Cowboys to Baltimore for the first time since the 2004 season, the Ravens look to continue their NFL-best 13-game winning streak at home on Sunday afternoon.

After three prime-time home games to begin the season, the Ravens were finally able to settle into their regular routine this week for Sunday afternoon games and will face a Dallas team coming off its bye. Baltimore is 3-0 all-time against the Cowboys, including a 2-0 mark at M&T Bank Stadium.

Veteran Bobbie Williams will start at left guard for the first time this season, replacing third-year lineman Ramon Harewood. The former Cincinnati Bengal was signed in early June with the expectation of starting along the Ravens offensive line, but the 36-year-old dealt with swelling in his right ankle that he fractured in December last season and the surprising Harewood beat him out at the end of the preseason.

Harewood was listed as one of the seven inactives prior to Sunday’s kickoff. With him and Jah Reid both listed as inactives, the Ravens will have only seven offensive linemen available against the Cowboys.

With tackles Michael Oher and Kelechi Osemele struggling with edge rushers, you have to wonder if veteran Bryant McKinnie will be the next veteran to regain his spot along the starting line should the pair struggle against Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware on Sunday. Through the first five weeks of the regular season, Williams and McKinnie had been relegated to spot duty and special teams.

In another sign of potential concern for their play at tackle, the Ravens have activated third tight end Billy Bajema, who could assist in run blocking and pass protection.

The Ravens surprisingly deactivated kick returner Deonte Thompson, who fumbled the opening kickoff of the second half last week. This likely means No. 3 wide receiver Jacoby Jones will return kicks against Dallas.

Meanwhile, the Dallas offensive line has struggled immensely this season as it’s been unable to open running lanes for Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (3.9 yards per carry) and consistently protect quarterback Tony Romo, who’s tied for third in the league with eight interceptions in only four games.

The Ravens are wearing purple jerseys with black pants while Dallas wears its white tops with silver pants.

The Baltimore defense will be introduced prior to Sunday’s game, but center Matt Birk will also be announced as he will play in his 200th NFL game.

Here are Sunday’s inactives …

G Ramon Harewood
WR Deonte Thompson
DL DeAngelo Tyson
LB Sergio Kindle
DL Bryan Hall
CB Asa Jackson
OL Jah Reid

LB Anthony Spencer
P Brian Moorman
WR Cole Beasley
S Matt Johnson
LB Orie Lemon
OL Ryan Cook
DT Marcus Spears

Follow WNST on Twitter as Drew Forrester, Nestor Aparicio, and I bring live coverage and updates from M&T Bank Stadium throughout the day Sunday as the Ravens try to improve to 5-1 on the season.

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Ravens supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Ravens supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on 12 October 2012 by WNST Staff


The Baltimore Ravens will promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month through a variety of initiatives, beginning this Sunday (10/14) at the Ravens vs. Cowboys game. Those initiatives will include:

  • ·         Ravens staff, family members and volunteers will distribute over 50,000 pink ribbons to fans as they enter stadium gates on Sunday morning. In collaboration with the American Cancer Society, the initiative, called A Crucial Catch: Annual Screening Saves Lives, reminds women 40 and older about the importance of having an annual mammogram. In its efforts to create a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays, American Cancer Society volunteers will also distribute boxes of birthday candles to fans as they leave Sunday’s game.
  • ·         Prior to the game’s kickoff, 25 women, a combination of breast cancer survivors and those currently undergoing treatment, will be honored in an on-field ceremonial tribute.
  • ·         The Ravens will also incorporate many pink elements into Sunday’s game. Ravens players and coaches will wear pink-themed items throughout the game, including cleats, gloves, wristbands, jerseys, Gatorade towels and more. Ravens cheerleaders will sport pink pom-poms, and members of Baltimore’s Marching Ravens will wear pink plumes.  In addition, the Ravens Gameday magazine will feature a pink hue.
  • ·         Game-worn pink merchandise will be auctioned at www.nfl.com/auction, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. In 2011, the NFL and its players donated more than $1 million to breast cancer awareness, prevention and research efforts as a result of theA Crucial Catch campaign, with the majority of the donation coming from the sale of pink NFL Auction items. This year, $50,000 from last year’s funding will specifically be given to help hundreds of underserved women in Harford County, Md., receive mammograms, breast screenings and breast health education. The American Cancer Society has identified Harford County as the second-highest county surrounding NFL markets where breast cancer screening disparities are greatest.
  • ·         The Ravens have further collaborated with the American Cancer Society through support of the nonprofit’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event on Sunday, Oct. 14. Fans can visit www.stridesbaltimore.org to join Team Purple. All participants of Team Purplewill receive a commemorative t-shirt as a thank you gift.
  • ·         Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities will continue throughout October, as Ravens players and staff will visit survivors undergoing treatment in local hospitals. The players will distribute pink NFL items and offer support and encouragement to patients.

(Corey Graham’s pink cleats on display in the Baltimore Ravens’ locker room Friday.)


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Ravens/Cowboys final injury report

Posted on 12 October 2012 by WNST Staff


DT Haloti Ngata (shoulder)
T Jah Reid (calf)


P Brian Moorman (right groin)

C/G Ryan Cook (hamstring)
P Chris Jones (left knee)
LB Anthony Spencer (shoulder)

LB Alex Albright (neck)
WR Miles Austin (hamstring)
CB Morris Claiborne (illness)
DT Kenyon Coleman (knee)
C Phil Costa (back)
S Matt Johnson (hamstring)
NT Jay Ratliff (ankle)
DT Marcus Spears (knee)


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Ravens/Cowboys Thursday injury report

Posted on 11 October 2012 by WNST Staff


DT Haloti Ngata (shoulder)

T Jah Reid (calf)


CB Morris Claiborne (illness)
C/G Ryan Cook (hamstring)
P Brian Moorman (right groin)
P Chris Jones (left knee)

LB Anthony Spencer (shoulder)

LB Alex Albright (neck)
WR Miles Austin (hamstring)
DT Kenyon Coleman (knee)
C Phil Costa (back)
S Matt Johnson (hamstring)
NT Jay Ratliff (ankle)
DT Marcus Spears (knee)

*Limited Participation is less than 100 percent of a player’s normal repetitions.
*Full Participation is 100 percent of a player’s normal repetitions.
*Not Injury Relatedapplies to situations in which a player is withheld from his normal repetitions for reasons other than injury.

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Ngata limited, Reid full participant in Wednesday practice

Posted on 10 October 2012 by WNST Staff

Wednesday, October 10…


DT Haloti Ngata (shoulder)

T Jah Reid (calf)


C/G Ryan Cook (hamstring)
P Chris Jones (left knee)
P Brian Moorman (right groin)
LB Anthony Spencer (shoulder)

LB Alex Albright (neck)
WR Miles Austin (hamstring)
DT Kenyon Coleman (knee)
C Phil Costa (back)
S Matt Johnson (hamstring)
NT Jay Ratliff (ankle)
DT Marcus Spears (knee)

-Limited Participation is less than 100 percent of a player’s normal repetitions.
-Full Participation is 100 percent of a player’s normal repetitions.
-Not Injury Relatedapplies to situations in which a player is withheld from his normal repetitions for reasons other than injury.

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R.I.P & Tribute to the great Steve Sabol

Posted on 18 September 2012 by Nestor Aparicio

Until 1992, I knew Steve Sabol the same way you knew him. I grew up watching his weekly NFL Films highlight shows, personality pieces and the famed NFL bloopers, which often featured his hosting, narrative and chippy sense of humor. It’s safe to say for any kid like me who grew up in the 1970’s and 1980’s, he had a job we’d all dreamed about.

Over the past 20 years I’ve gotten to know Steve Sabol, and even did two years’ worth of radio every Monday from his Mount Laurel, N.J. headquarters with Brian Baldinger, who literally had a key to the NFL Films building to watch film.

Like every person he ever met, affected or shared some kindness and his genuine love of football and the NFL (and everything it entailed), I’ll miss Steve Sabol greatly. He was such a super nice man and such a fun person to talk about football with whenever we crossed paths.

The first time I met Sabol was at the Metrodome for Super Bowl XXVI, when I shook his hand below the press box as a fan. Once the Ravens came into existence we crossed paths at the Super Bowl each year and often at league events. From 1999 to 2001, I saw him a little more frequently as I got to know and love Exit 4 of the New Jersey Turnpike when I was nationally syndicated on Sporting News Radio.

He was a giant, an original, an icon and a titan in the world of NFL football and how fans consumed it. Of course, that was a legacy left by his father, “Big Ed” Sabol, who was finally (and rightfully) inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last year. He just colorized his father’s initial vision of football as a narrative and an ever-evolving story of the NFL.

I interviewed Steve Sabol at least 25 times over the years and he was a regular guest of ours at Radio Row at most Super Bowls between 1995 and 2011.

His final visit to me is captured below from Feb. 5, 2011 and most of the conversation was about his father’s pending nomination for Canton. It was kinda neat to watch it again today because we talked so much about John Steadman as well.

Steve had a stoke four weeks later and never recovered from brain cancer.

About 20 minutes after this interview, his personal assistant approached me about becoming a regular on NFL Films “Top 10” shows and said that Steve wanted me on the shows. Since then, I’ve done a few dozen episodes. Because I’ll probably never win any sort of award in my life and because my Pop would’ve been most proud of me being on those TV shows, it’s the highest “honor” I’ve ever received in my career.

To think that I got a true “thumbs up” from Steve Sabol makes me smile.

To think that through the tragedy with his health over the past 18 months that I never saw him again and got to personally thank him makes me even sadder than the news of his death did a few hours ago.

Hopefully, this chat will make you smile and remember why we all loved Steve Sabol.

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