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Who are the Baltimore Ravens? 

The Baltimore Ravens is one of the youngest franchises in the NFL, at only 25 years old when it was established on February 9th, 1996. They have been one of the more successful franchises since their inception, with a stunning record of 241-185-1. They have qualified for playoffs 13 times since the millennium, and they have 2 Super Bowl championship titles, with one per decade so far. They also have 2 AFC Championship titles and 4 AFC Championship appearances. They also have 6 AFC North division titles too. 

They are one of two teams to be undefeated in multiple Super Bowl appearances, next to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

History of the Baltimore Ravens. 

This franchise began when the owner of the Cleveland Browns- Art Modell- decided he wanted to relocate his historic franchise, and reached a deal with the city of Baltimore  to move his team. As part of the agreement, Cleveland kept the ‘Browns’ name, history, and colors for a future replacement team, so the newly renamed Ravens (which is a name that stems from the infamous poem by Batlimorean Edgar Allan Poe) are technically an expansion team. 

In 2000, the Ravens broke through, they were led to victory by the league’s highest ranked defense, winning 12 games during the regular season, sweeping through the AFC playoffs, allowing an average of fewer than 6 points per game in their postseason. In suit, they defeated the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV with extreme ease. 

Although through the rest of the decade they did not see the Super Bowl again, they remained competitive. They qualified for the playoffs in six of the 10 seasons from 2001 to 2010, including a loss to their Pittsburgh Steelers rivals. They also featured a defense that ranked in the top five for total yardage allowed in six of those ten years. They won another Super Bowl in the next decade and, it would seem, are due for another Super Bowl win in their third decade since inception.

How are they doing in the 2021-2022 Season?

With the 2021-2022 NFL season slowly coming to a conclusion, with the Super Bowl visible in the distance, it is important we take a look at all the teams, and remember who they are and where they came from. Especially if you are looking at Fanduels Super Bowl odds. Okay, we admit, it is unlikely that the Raven’s will be taking the reins with the Super Bowl this year. In the AFC, the Kansas City Chiefs have the highest Super Bowl odds, at +550, followed by the New England Patriots at +700, then the Buffalo Bills at +1600, then the Tennessee Titans at  +2000, the Los Angeles Chargers at +2500, and then the Baltimore Ravens at +3000.

They have had some good games this season, though. With only 4 games left for them this season, they have won 11 games so far, and lost only 5. Their best game so far has to be when they faced Washington and slaughtered ten 37-3. Their worst game had to be up against the Dolphins, when they were beaten 22-10. They have had some close ties, such as their game against the Chiefs, where they won by only one point at 36-35.

These wins would have us biting our nails, because even though the Chiefs are the most likely of the AFC to make it to the Super Bowl, we cannot deny that it is entirely possible that the Ravens might make it, as close a tie as it was, they did still beat the Chiefs. They do have a stellar lineup this year, including Lamar Jackson. So, they certainly have promise.

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