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Unease Amid Dominance: Miami’s 34-13 Victory Over Jets

On the heels of Thanksgiving, the NFL debuted its first-ever Black Friday showdown at MetLife Stadium between the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins. The holiday feast may had concluded, but the Dolphins exhibited an insatiable hunger to get back to 8-3. As soon as Miami won the coin toss and elected to defer, confidence soared among fans for good reason. The Dolphins’ defense, statistically superior to the struggling Jets’ offense in every aspect on paper, promised an advantage. This was because the Jets were starting undrafted free agent quarterback Nick Boyle who was thrown into the starting QB role after QB Zach Wilson was benched the week prior. And when the Dolphins defense forced a punt on the Jets’ first possession, Dolphins fans knew that New York’s offense would be the least of their problems throughout the game.


And things were going well for the Dolphins, that was until Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa threw his second pick-six of the season with under 2 minutes left in the first half when the score was 10-0. And the narrative that the only thing that could stop this Dolphins team was self-inflicted wounds resurfaced in the classic Dolphins way. Miami would go back on offense with under a minute left in the half after throwing that pick-six, in a half where they should have shut out the Jets. Nevertheless, clinging to a narrow 10-6 lead (Jets missed the PAT, lol), they fervently sought a redemptive offensive drive, with under 60 seconds in the second quarter; aiming to head into halftime without a sour taste in their mouth. 


It only took a couple of first downs, up to midfield, with seconds to go when Tua threw his second interception in under 60 seconds. The Jets would take over on their 49-yard line with 2 seconds left in the half.


And if it weren’t for the Jets being the Jets, or perhaps Jevon Holland channeling his inner Wide Receiver from his high school days in Oakland, California, the Dolphins would have carried a ‘disappointing’ 10-6 lead into halftime (at best). But Dolphins safety Jevon Holland had other plans. The Jets weren’t content with trailing merely 10-6 heading into halftime; they craved more. This led the coach of an underwhelming team, failing to meet season expectations, to resort to a Hail Mary attempt from midfield, seeking to spark some unforeseen magic.


And boy, did that plan backfire.


Tim Boyle dropped back and executed the Hail Mary, sending the ball soaring into the end zone where Holland positioned himself perfectly, waiting for the ball to descend right into the breadbasket. And from the Dolphins’ one-yard line, Jevon Holland snatched the ball and dashed 99 yards in the other direction, with the clock hitting zero seconds as he raced down the field.


The Dolphins entered halftime with a 17-6 lead in a defensively charged game. As some fans reveled in Miami’s longest interception return since 2002, others remained uneasy with the offense’s performance and their quarterback, who had already tallied two interceptions by halftime, a marked difference from the 2022 season where he threw only eight interceptions the entire season.


But in the second half, Miami’s defense took full advantage of every opportunity against the Jets’ offense. Only managing to secure a single touchdown in garbage time, the Jets struggled as the Dolphins defense flexed its muscles. With 7 sacks and 3 turnovers on the day, including one resulting in a touchdown, the Dolphins’ defensive performance clearly dictated the course of the game.


However, fortune favored the Dolphins only until the moment 3rd year standout LB Jaelan Phillips was carted off with an Achilles injury in the fourth quarter. Phillips, who had been delivering a season akin to an All-Pro, will be a monumental loss for the Dolphins defensive as his injury likely means he’s done for the season.


So perhaps it was the Phillips injury that left fans unsettled despite a double-digit win over a division rival on the road. Still, it’s worth noting that Miami outscored any other team against the Jets this season. Notably, both Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle combined for 200 yards, while running back Raheem Mostert scored two touchdowns on the ground.


Perhaps it’s worth extending some leniency to the Dolphins’ offense. After all, they had to contend with one of the league’s elite defenses, despite facing a Jets offense that ranks among the bottom five in the NFL.


However, it’s evident that there’s room for improvement. Whether it was Tyreek Hill’s dropped touchdown on fourth and 1 at the beginning of the game or Tagovailoa’s two interceptions, one of which resulted in a pick-six, these are the areas that demand refinement.

For the Dolphins to realize their deep postseason aspirations, one thing remains clear–they must address these concerns while also managing to mitigate injuries to key players.

What are the key expectations for Carolina Panthers for season?

The Carolina Panthers entered the 2023 season with their fortunes seemingly on the upswing. They managed a 7-10 record despite giving head coach Matt Rhule the ax after a 1-4 start, subsequently going 6-6 down the stretch even with a carousel of quarterbacks taking snaps for the team. 


The Panthers decided to roll the dice ahead of the draft, flipping a pair of first round picks and a few other pieces to the Chicago Bears in return for the first overall pick, acquiring Heisman trophy winning quarterback Bryce Young in doing so.


With the talented signal caller joining a roster that was already solid, things seemed to be looking up for the Panthers: some NFL pundits were even saying that the team had a chance to make the playoffs for the first time since 2017, making them a popular pick with NC sports betting apps.


Instead, the Panthers promptly fell off a cliff, struggling to a 1-9 record that is the worst in the league to this point in the season. As the focus invariably turns to next season, here’s what one would hope to see out of the Panthers down the stretch.

Bryce Young, Boom or Bust?

The highly touted quarterback hasn’t lived up to expectations through the first few games of his career. It can take time for a player to develop, especially at the hardest position in the sport, but Young simply hasn’t been good enough to this point.


The Panthers aren’t going to punt on him yet, most likely, especially given the sorry state of the rooster and the questionable coaching that he’s receiving, but they’d certainly like to see positive development from him as the season goes on. 


To this point, Young has thrown for 1,683 yards, nine touchdowns and eight interceptions on 319 passing attempts. These numbers help combine for a quarterback rating of 29.9, the No. 31 mark in a league with 32 starting quarterbacks: not the type of stat line you’d expect from a first overall pick and presumptive face of a franchise.

Rebuild or Retool?

The Panthers look like they’re going to need a rebuild — one doesn’t overhaul a roster that only manages to win a game or two overnight. If Young shows that he can be the guy over the course of the rest of the season, though, the Panthers could check off the box at the game’s most important position.

In many ways, the worst place in the league for a team to be is quarterback purgatory. Having a top tier signal caller can disguise a lot of a team’s flaws, while having a putrid roster means that you’ll have a chance to swing for the fences with a high draft pick the following year. 


Between those extremes, though, are the quarterbacks who are just good enough to give a team hope without having quite the talent needed to win when it counts. Finding out where Young fits in will go a long way toward determining the Panthers’ fortunes moving forward. If they have their quarterback of the future, a rebuild will go a lot more smoothly than if they had to try again with a different prospect.

What to Do With Brian Burns

The 25 year old linebacker set a career high with 12.5 sacks last season, cementing his position as one of the best edge rushers in the entire league. He’s a step behind players like TJ Watt and Myles Garrett in terms of production, but with his rookie contract running out at the end of this season, Burns is going to want a new deal.


If he’s demanding more than the Panthers are willing to give him, they’re going to have to decide how to best proceed. Letting him walk for nothing could net them a compensatory pick in Round 3 or later of next year’s draft, which is a nice consolation prize… but likely won’t be enough to replace his production. 


The Panthers turned down a trade with the Los Angeles Rams, who offered two first round picks for him at last year’s trade deadline, but they probably can’t command that type of haul now given that he has disappointed this season, racking up just five sacks in nine games.


It may be too late for the Panthers to salvage the situation, especially if Burns wants to leave town. The fact that general manager Scott Fitterer could low-ball him after a disappointing season could make matters even worse. Finding some way to proceed without making a further mess of things will help expedite the Panthers’ rebuilding process, whether because they have a premier edge rusher on their team, or because they get suitable trade compensation for him.

Week 11 NFL Power Rankings: Cowboys Rising

What looked like a horrible slate of matchups on paper turned out to be one of the best weekends of this NFL season. 


Ten of the 14 games played ended up coming down to the last possession. There were a total of six game-winning field goals that included the Browns, Texans, Cardinals, Lions, Seahawks and Broncos. 


And then looking at the other end of the spectrum, there were a couple of games that weren’t particularly close at all. 


The Dallas Cowboys put on a clinic as they torched the New York Giants 49-17. Dak Prescott does not deserve the hate he receives and he really did silence the critics as he threw for 404 yards and four touchdowns. He also had a rushing touchdown. 


Ceedee Lamb has made a case to be one of the league’s best receivers. He had 11 catches for 151 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s win. The Cowboys are dangerous and if their offense can be consistent, watch out. 


Another blowout that happened in the NFL was between the 49ers and Jaguars. San Francisco beat the Jaguars 34-3 in a game that was never even close, which was very surprising. 


San Francisco’s addition of Chase Young was a game changer and their defensive line is not even fair at this point. The Niners had five sacks on Sunday and allowed just three points to a good Jacksonville offense. Brock Purdy finally played a good game, throwing for 296 yards and three touchdowns. After a three-game skid, it looks like the Niners have come back to life. 


And let’s talk about the quarterbacks that keep on turning heads week after week. C.J. Stroud and Joshua Dobbs who play for the Texans and Vikings, respectively. 


Stroud is not only a lock for Offensive Rookie of the Year, but he has now entered MVP territory. Of course, barring any miracles, it’s not likely that he’ll win it, but he’s been thriving in this Houston Texans offense. 


Houston went into Cincinnati and pulled off a 30-27 upset victory. Stroud threw for 356 yards and a touchdown. Houston’s ground game was excellent as running back Devin Singletary had 30 carries for 150 yards and a touchdown. And considering that the Bengals had won three games in a row against high quality opponents speaks volumes to how good Houston actually might be. 


Now for Dobbs, he is not afraid of anything thrown his way. New offense? No problem. New team? No problem. It does not matter to him and he very well could bring the Vikings into the postseason, especially with star receiver Justin Jefferson nearing his return. 


On Sunday against a stingy Saints defense, Dobbs threw for 268 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 44 yards and scoring on the ground. His favorite target was undoubtedly, T.J. Hockenson, who had 11 catches for 134 yards and a touchdown. 


If Minnesota can get their running back play in check, they can be a real dark horse in the NFC. 


Despite the Miami Dolphins being on a bye week, they still found a way to win. The Patriots, Jets and Bills each lost which means that Miami is sitting comfortably on top of the AFC East. 


The Patriots and Jets losses were sort of expected but the Buffalo Bills have really spiraled out of control. 


Buffalo lost at home on Monday Night Football against the Broncos 24-22 on a night where they turned the ball over four times. I’m surprised that the Broncos had to kick a game-winning field goal because the Bills were constantly shooting themselves in the foot. 


Just like that, Buffalo is 5-5 and if they can’t get it together, it might be time to blow it up. 


Here are my power rankings for Week 11. 


  1. Carolina Panthers (1 – 8) 

Last Week: 31

Result: Lost at Bears 16-13


  1. New York Giants (2 – 8)

Last Week: 30

Result: Lost at Cowboys 49-17

  1. Arizona Cardinals (2 – 8)

Last Week: 32

Result: Won vs. Falcons 25-23


  1. New England Patriots (2 – 8)

Last Week: 28

Result: Lost vs. Colts 10-6


  1. Chicago Bears (3 – 7)

Last Week: 29

Result: Won vs. Panthers 16-13


  1. Los Angeles Rams (3 – 6)

Last Week: 27

Result: Bye Week


  1. Green Bay Packers (3 – 6)

            Last Week: 26

Result: Lost at Steelers 23-19


  1. Tennessee Titans (3 – 6)

Last Week: 25

Result: Lost at Buccaneers 20-6


  1. Atlanta Falcons (4 – 6)

Last Week: 23

Result: Lost at Cardinals 25-23


  1. Washington Commanders (4 – 6)

Last Week: 22

Result: Lost at Seahawks 29-26


  1. New York Jets (4 – 5)

Last Week: 18

Result: Lost at Raiders 16-12


  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4 – 5)

Last Week: 24

Result: Won vs. Titans 20-6


  1. New Orleans Saints (5 – 5)

Last Week: 16

Result: Lost at Vikings 27-19


  1. Las Vegas Raiders (5 – 5)

            Last Week: 20

Result: Won vs. Jets 16-12


  1. Los Angeles Chargers (4 – 5)

Last Week: 11

Result: Lost vs. Lions 41-38


  1. Indianapolis Colts (5 – 5)

Last Week: 19

Result: Won at Patriots 10-6


  1. Buffalo Bills (5 – 5)

Last Week: 12

Result: Lost vs. Broncos 24-22


  1. Denver Broncos (4 – 5)

Last Week: 21

Result: Won at Bills 24-22


  1. Pittsburgh Steelers (6 – 3)

Last Week: 15

Result: Won vs. Packers 23-19


  1. Seattle Seahawks (6 – 3)

Last Week: 14

Result: Won vs. Commanders 29-26


  1. Minnesota Vikings (6 – 4)

Last Week: 13

Result: Won vs. Saints 27-19


  1. Cincinnati Bengals (5 – 4)

Last Week: 6

Result: Lost vs. Texans 30-27


  1. Houston Texans (5 – 4)

Last Week: 17

Result: Won at Bengals 30-27


  1. Jacksonville Jaguars (6 – 3)

Last Week: 7

Result: Lost vs. 49ers 34-3


  1. San Francisco 49ers (6 – 3)

Last Week: 10

Result: Won at Jaguars 34-3


  1. Baltimore Ravens (7 – 3)

Last Week: 3

Result: Lost vs. Browns 33-31


  1. Cleveland Browns (6 – 3)

Last Week: 9

Result: Won at Ravens 33-31


  1. Miami Dolphins (6 – 3)

Last Week: 5

Result: Bye Week


  1. Dallas Cowboys (6 – 3)

Last Week: 8

Result: Won vs. Giants 49-17


  1. Detroit Lions (7 – 2)

Last Week: 4

Result: Won at Chargers 41-38


  1. Kansas City Chiefs (7 – 2)

Last Week: 2

Result: Bye Week


  1. Philadelphia Eagles (8 – 1)

Last Week: 1

Result: Bye Week


Tua Tagovailoa scrambles for the first of two touchdowns in a 22-12 Dolphins win over the Patriots.

The Most Intense and Historic Rivalries in American Football

In the realm of American sports, few spectacles captivate audiences as profoundly as the intense showdowns between football rivals. From the packed stadiums of the NFL to the echoing chants of college arenas, these matchups are more than just games; they represent deep-rooted histories, regional pride, and generational legacies. As fans adorn themselves in their team’s colors, emotions run high, and anticipation fills the air.

The stories behind these rivalries often transcend the boundaries of the field, influencing local cultures and communities in immeasurable ways. Dive into the chronicles of the most fierce and storied confrontations in American football, where passions flare, and legends are forged. Welcome to the world of the most intense and historic rivalries in the sport.

NFL Rivalries: A Testament to Decades of Competition

In the vast tapestry of american football games, NFL rivalries stand as monumental chapters, echoing decades of fierce competition, memorable moments, and unparalleled passion.

Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears


Tracing back to the origins of the league, the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears have forged one of the oldest rivalries in American football. Their matchups, steeped in history and tradition, are a testament to the spirit of competition that defines the sport. From freezing games at Lambeau Field to intense battles at Soldier Field, these two teams’ mutual enmity has become legendary, drawing fans from all over to witness their epic confrontations.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Football Team


Labeled as “America’s Team,” the Dallas Cowboys have found a formidable rival in the Washington Football Team. Their confrontations, over the years, have become the stuff of legends. Iconic plays, last-minute touchdowns, and nail-biting finishes have characterized their matchups, with many of these games etching their place in the annals of American football games’ history.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens


The modern era of football has given fans a rivalry that’s both fierce and thrilling. The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens, two powerhouses of the AFC North, regularly engage in hard-hitting matches that often have playoff implications. With both teams boasting strong defenses and committed fan bases, their games are a spectacle, often deciding the fate of their division.

San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams

The West Coast has its share of classic American football, and many of them feature the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams. Their rivalry, laden with incredible catches, strategic plays, and unforgettable moments, resonates with fans from both cities. As they vie for dominance in the NFC West, their meetings on the gridiron are always marked by high stakes and high drama.

Oakland Raiders (now Las Vegas Raiders) vs. Denver Broncos


In the rugged terrains of the AFC West, the Raiders and the Broncos have locked horns in some of the most physical matchups the league has seen. Whether it was the Oakland Raiders or now the Las Vegas iteration, their confrontations with the Broncos have been gritty, intense, and characterized by fierce competition. Their games are a showcase of pure determination, where every yard gained becomes a testament to their enduring rivalry.

College Football Rivalries: Where Traditions Collide

The landscape of American college football is vast and varied, but it’s the age-old rivalries that truly capture the essence of the sport. These matchups are more than just games; they are annual events that bring together communities, ignite passions, and showcase the vibrant traditions that make college football a cultural phenomenon.

Alabama vs. Auburn

Deep in the heart of Alabama, as autumn winds down, anticipation for the Iron Bowl reaches its peak. Known to divide households and even marriages, this storied matchup between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Auburn Tigers is more than just a game; it’s a cultural event. Every year, the state of Alabama stands still, choosing sides, as these two giants collide on the gridiron, adding another chapter to their legendary tale.

Michigan vs. Ohio State

The Wolverines and the Buckeyes share a rivalry that’s transcendent. It’s not just about football; it influences recruitment wars, engages alumni, and swells state pride to unparalleled levels. Their annual meetings are marked on calendars well in advance, as fans from both sides eagerly await the chance to claim bragging rights for the year.

Texas vs. Oklahoma

The banks of the Red River become the epicenter of college football when Texas and Oklahoma face off. Known as the Red River Showdown, this contest has given fans countless memorable moments, with each team striving to outdo the other. Beyond state pride, these matchups often have national implications, with both teams frequently in the hunt for championship honors.

Florida vs. Georgia

Between the hedges and beyond, the rivalry between Florida and Georgia is electrifying. Often referred to as “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party”, this annual face-off between the Gators and the Bulldogs is more than just a game. It’s an SEC showdown that encapsulates the spirit of college football, drawing fans from near and far to witness these two giants battle for supremacy.

USC vs. Notre Dame

From the sunny shores of California to the historic fields of Indiana, the rivalry between the USC Trojans and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish stands tall. With decades of history, numerous national championships, and a shared legacy of producing football legends, their meetings are a testament to the grandeur of college football. When these two storied programs clash, it’s a spectacle that commands the nation’s attention.

Final Thoughts

These rivalries are emblematic of the broader narrative of American football, a tale of perseverance, dedication, and the relentless pursuit of glory. The games may end after four quarters, but the stories, the memories, and the emotions linger on, passed down from one generation to the next.

Dolphins Win Jets

Kicking it Old School: The Legacy of Leather Footballs in Modern Game

Every modern NFL player throws and kicks balls made by one company: Wilson. This Ohio-based brand has been creating balls for the NFL since 1941.

No other sports company has had such a long partnership with a major sports league in the world. What does Wilson do great that makes its contract with the NFL so solid?

The obvious answer is that it creates quality footballs consistently. Wilson’s footballs have established a legacy in the world of American football. Continue reading to learn more.

Revolutionized Football Manufacturing

Footballs are sometimes called pigskins. The name originated from how the first generation of American footballs were made. Players would inflate pig bladders and use them to play the game.

Pig bladders were terribly unreliable. They would deflate when pricked by the tiniest of materials. Next came rubber balls. They were better than bladder-made balls. But they provided poor grips. 

Leather balls revolutionized American football. Not only were they sturdier and more durable, but they also provided better handling. Today, the best leather football balls are made of pure leather or composite leather.

Composite leather combines several materials to create affordable balls for college and high school students. Composite footballs are easy to hold and can last for a while. But they’re not as durable as pure leather balls.

Standard Material for NFL Footballs

We’ve already mentioned that the NFL has one source for all its footballs. What we didn’t mention, however, is that Wilson creates its best balls using pure leather.

The Ohio-based company uses cowhide skin to be precise. It uses hides to create the main body of footballs. It also includes a liner to help maintain the ovular shapes of balls.

From there, Wilson includes a rubber bladder to keep footballs inflated for long. In most cases, Wilson also includes the NFL logo on its balls but not before inspecting each ball thoroughly.

Although Wilson has a lion’s share of the football leather market, it’s not the only brand in this niche. Nike creates quality leather balls too. But it mostly targets college teams and not the NFL.

An Important Symbol for American Football

When you think about it, the ovular leather-made football is one of the most important symbols of American football. If you see a Wilson-branded, brown-colored leather ball with white stripes, you immediately associate it with American football.

You might associate it with your favorite Super Bowl moments. But no one can mistake an American football for a rugby ball. You could create a bigger ball and place it next to a rugby ball.

If it’s brown, ovular, has a white bladder, and the iconic Wilson logo, it belongs on an American football field. That said, leather balls would probably not be so iconic if they weren’t dominated by one company.

Imagine if the NFL contracted a different company to create its Super Bowl balls every year. Sure, the balls would all have an ovular shape. But they wouldn’t stand out the way Wilson’s balls do.

Recommended for All Football Levels

Leather footballs aren’t just ideal for NFL players. They’re appropriate for players at all levels. Leather provides excellent grip regardless of the size of your hands. It also helps create accurate, durable, and reliable balls.

Against that backdrop, companies like Nike and Wilson create balls for Pee Wee, Junior, Youth, and professional players using leather. They create small balls to suit kids. But they use standard-sized footballs for players aged 14 years and above.

That said, leather balls aren’t created equal. Manufacturers use different materials to create balls that suit different buyers. As mentioned, they use composites to lower costs. These balls are great for practice at the college and high school levels.

Some companies add bells and whistles to their balls. For example, they may add LED lighting and Internet connectivity. Of course, these balls are more expensive than standard balls. 


Leather footballs aren’t always affordable. But there’s no denying they’re reliable. If you’re looking for quality footballs, leather-made balls are a worthy investment. Sure, they won’t last forever. 

However, these balls can serve you for several years. The best part is that leather balls require little maintenance. Keep them away from water. Inflate them accordingly. And they will serve you for a long time.

Key Insights Gleaned from Baltimore Ravens’ Preseason Finale

The preseason finale often serves as a platform for those looking to prove themselves worthy of a roster spot. While stars are resting, the real battles occur among players trying to cement their places on the team. 


As the Baltimore Ravens locked horns with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, there were several noteworthy performances and notable absences. Let’s delve deep into the key insights from this intriguing matchup. 

Roster Absences


Sometimes, the players who don’t play reveal more about a team’s strategies than those who do. Two notable absences from the Ravens’ roster might offer clues about the team’s plans as they approach the regular season.  


The Seymour-Kelly Situation

Kevon Seymour, despite missing the recent practice, had been starting ahead of Kyu Blu Kelly at cornerback. With his veteran status allowing for certain roster moves without the waiver process, Seymour’s absence presents intriguing possibilities.


Mitchell’s Mysterious Absence

Rookie UDFA Keaton Mitchell showed potential as a runner and kick returner earlier in the preseason. But his absence from the finale raises questions: Is he part of the Ravens’ long-term plan? A vital position on any NFL roster is the backup quarterback. This preseason, the battle between Josh Johnson and Tyler Huntley had been closely watched, and the finale provided some valuable insights. Josh Johnson may have solidified his spot as the backup. Posting a 6-9 for 95 yards and a touchdown against the Buccaneers, his performance, coupled with his good health, speaks volumes.


Huntley’s Health and Roster Mechanics

With Huntley’s ongoing injury concerns, the Ravens might be forced to make some strategic decisions. Their approach towards him and Johnson will be crucial during the roster cutdowns, especially with the latter’s veteran status.


For those interested in wagering on the Ravens’ roster decisions or upcoming games, it might be worth checking out some online betting platforms. Make sure to use the DraftKings Maryland promo code for special offers.


Trenton Simpson’s Development


Trenton Simpson’s progression, or lack thereof, became a major point of discussion after the finale. A talented youngster, his performance in the preseason suggests there’s still much room for growth.  Despite being a third-round pick, Simpson found himself down the pecking order, playing later in the game and seemingly struggling to adapt.


His struggles in recent weeks raise questions about what role, if any, he might have in the upcoming season. Is he a long-term project or just going through early career hiccups? The starting left guard position has been one of the most keenly contested spots in the Ravens’ lineup this preseason. Two players have emerged as frontrunners.


John Simpson’s Dominance


John Simpson has emerged as a favorite for the left guard position, outperforming his peers and establishing a robust case for himself. While Aumavae-Laulu started the preseason on a strong note, recent performances suggest he’s struggling to keep pace with Simpson, especially when facing stronger opponents.


With Tyus Bowser out and new additions to the team, the edge rusher position has been a focal point of the preseason. The Ravens have some decisions to make. Jeremiah Moon has consistently started in the recent games, even ahead of fourth-round pick Tavius Robinson. His stock seems to be rising rapidly.


Wrapping It Up

As the preseason draws to a close, the Baltimore Ravens have given us a glimpse into the tough decisions they face. From roster absences to position battles, every moment of the finale offered a valuable insight. The preseason finale is more than just a game. For many players, it’s a final shot at making the roster or proving their worth.


With the roster taking shape and the regular season approaching, the Ravens and their fans have much to look forward to. The strategies and decisions made now will shape the team’s fortunes in the upcoming months.


The curtain has come down on the Baltimore Ravens’ preseason, a critical phase that offers a blend of anticipation, excitement, and anxiety. As we transition into the regular season, let’s recap and conclude on what these insights potentially mean for the team and its avid followers. The preseason is a complex tapestry of individual stories, hopes, dreams, and immense dedication. Players battle for their positions, veterans strive to maintain their standing, and rookies ardently aspire to cement a spot. The finale against the Buccaneers epitomized these very sentiments.


The Road Ahead


The insights gleaned from this finale highlight the depth and talent available to the Ravens. Each decision, from roster cuts to starting lineups, carries with it the weight of the season’s aspirations. As fans, while we may analyze and speculate based on these games, it’s essential to remember the broader picture. The real battle is just beginning, and the Ravens are shaping up to be a formidable force.


In essence, as we gear up for the regular season, one thing is clear: the Baltimore Ravens have an ensemble of talent, and how they harness it will define their journey ahead.

Online Casinos and Football Go Hand in Hand – Here’s How

When most people think of online casinos, they might not immediately associate them with football. However, the two industries actually have a surprising amount of overlap. From sponsorships and partnerships to themed slots and betting options, online casinos and football have developed a mutually beneficial relationship over the years.


In this article, we will explore how online casinos and football go hand in hand and examine how they intersect. More importantly, we will be helping you understand exactly what it is that makes these two go so well together.


Partnerships and Sponsorships


Partnerships and sponsorships are significant reason why online casinos and football have a close relationship. Online casinos and bookmakers often partner with football clubs or sponsor football events, which allows them to connect with football fans and promote their brand.


Sponsorships and partnerships with football clubs can involve a range of activities, such as featuring the casino’s logo on the team’s shirts, providing financial support for the club, or even naming rights to the stadium. Such partnerships and sponsorships give online casinos and bookmakers a platform to reach a wider audience, as football is a hugely popular sport with millions of fans worldwide.


Furthermore, football clubs can also benefit from partnerships and sponsorships with online casinos and bookmakers. Financial support from these companies can help clubs finance player transfers, pay wages, and invest in facilities. In addition, partnerships and sponsorships can also help football clubs to raise their profile and increase their fan base.

Themed Slots


One way that football and online casinos go hand in hand is through theme slots. Many online casinos, whether you play King Johnnie Casino or any other casino of your choosing, offer slot machines that are themed around football. These games feature images and symbols related to the sport, such as football players, stadiums, and team logos.


Theme slots are an excellent way for football fans to engage with their favorite sport while also enjoying the excitement of online gambling. These games often feature special bonuses and jackpots that can make them particularly appealing to players. Whether you play at King Johnnie Casino or any other online casino of your choosing, you’re likely to find a variety of football-themed slot games to choose from.


In addition to providing entertainment for football fans, theme slots also offer a unique opportunity for online casinos to partner with football teams and leagues. By offering games themed around specific teams or events, casinos can attract fans who are passionate about the sport and increase their visibility among this audience. This has led to many partnerships and sponsorships between online casinos and football organizations, further cementing the connection between these two industries.


Betting Options


Betting options are a vital component in the link between online casinos and football. Many online casinos offer various betting options on football games, from pre-match betting to in-play betting. Players can place bets on various outcomes, such as the final result, the number of goals scored, or even the first player to score. Betting on football games adds excitement to the games and provides an additional way to engage with the sport. 


Furthermore, it also allows players to potentially earn some extra money while enjoying their favorite sport. Betting options are an essential aspect to consider when choosing an online casino if you are a football fan looking to engage in this type of activity.


No matter what casino you choose to bet in, you are likely to find a wide range of football betting options available. The availability of these options allows football fans to engage with the sport in a new and exciting way, while also providing the opportunity to win some money. Additionally, online casinos often offer special promotions and bonuses for football betting, making it an even more attractive option for fans of the sport.


Football-Themed Promotions and Bonuses


Football-themed promotions and bonuses are a common strategy used by online casinos to attract football fans. These promotions often come in the form of bonuses and free bets that are themed around football, such as a bonus for placing a bet on a specific football match or a free bet for signing up during a major football tournament. Some online casinos also offer football-themed games and tournaments, where players can win prizes related to football.


These promotions and bonuses are designed to create a sense of excitement and engagement among football fans who also enjoy online gambling. Football-themed promotions and bonuses not only provide an incentive for players to sign up and play at an online casino, but they also offer a way for players to enjoy their favorite sport and potentially win big.


Online Streaming


Many online casinos now offer live streaming of major football matches, allowing players to watch the game and place bets simultaneously. This feature not only enhances the overall experience for football fans but also increases the level of engagement with the online casino platform. Furthermore, online streaming can really quickly create new sports fans, especially when done right.


By offering live streaming of football matches, online casinos can attract more customers and increase player retention rates. This is because it allows users to access both forms of entertainment in one place, providing added convenience and value. This is especially true for those who are unable to attend live matches or do not have access to cable or satellite television.


From partnerships and sponsorships to themed slots and betting options, these two industries have a lot in common. Partnerships and sponsorships are significant reason why online casinos and football have a close relationship. 


Football-themed promotions and bonuses are a common strategy used by online casinos to attract football fans, and many online casinos now offer live streaming of major football matches, allowing players to watch the game and place bets simultaneously. Football clubs can also benefit from partnerships and sponsorships with online casinos and bookmakers, receiving financial support to help finance player transfers, pay wages, and invest in facilities. 


Meanwhile, football-themed slot games offer a unique opportunity for online casinos to partner with football teams and leagues, attracting passionate fans and increasing their visibility among this audience. All in all, the relationship between online casinos and football is mutually beneficial, and the possibilities for collaboration between these two industries are only continuing to grow.

Top 5 Reasons Ohio Sports Betting Market Will Be Among Largest in US

Ohio sports bettors have been waiting patiently for online sportsbooks to go live and the wait is finally over. As of Jan 1, 2023 online sports betting will be live and bettors can take advantage of some insane Ohio sportsbook promo codes from the top operators


As analysts take a look at the potential of this new betting market, many have high expectations that the Buckeye State will become one of the largest betting markets in the country. Let’s explore the top 5 reasons why Ohio bettors will be betting heavy in 2023.

11 Out of 16 Operators Will Be Live January 1, 2023

Even though it has been a long process to finally get a launch date for online betting in Ohio, it’s been a scramble for operators to get their licenses in time for launch. As of the writing of this article, there are 18 brands that will be going live on Jan 1st. 


As anyone would expect, all the top betting brands will be open for business: BetMGM Ohio, Caesars Sportsbook Ohio, PointsBet, WynnBET, DraftKings, FanDuel, Bet365, BetFred, Superbook, Tipico and Barstool. 


Brands like PlayUP, Parx, Underdog Sports, Fantatics, BetRivers, Unibet and Bally’s are still working towards their launch efforts but it does not look like they will make it by the Jan 1st launch date. 

Ohio Sports Betting Projections for 2023 

Analysts have high hopes that Ohio bettors will take full advantage of legal sports betting i in 2023, regardless of the possible nationwide recession. Projections range between $9 and $12 Billion USD in potential bets placed for the year taxable at 10% rate. 


Is this number realistic? With 12 million residents in Ohio, the numbers projected are conservative and could be easily exceeded. This could make the Buckeye State one of the largest markets in the country.

Ohio Created 3 Types of Betting Licenses

The state legislature was creative when legalizing betting. The idea was to give operators different opportunities to capitalize on sports betting in different settings therefore creating different licenses for each. That inspired type A, type B and type C licenses depending on the venue. 


Type A is online betting only. Operators that are focused on offering bettors their online platform either via their website or app will need to apply for this type of license in order have a legal sportsbook in Ohio. 


Brands such as BetMGM, Caesars Sportsbook, Fanduel and DraftKings fall under this category as their target is online betting and sports betting through their apps.


Type B covers casino in-person betting and betting at sports venues. PointsBet will be known as Hollywood Gaming at Mahorning Valley Race Course and MaximBet will be at Jack Cleveland Casino handling their sports betting offerings.


Type C covers betting kiosks in bars and restaurants and are ran by the state lottery. With College Football Bowls coming up, Super Bowl and NBA, these betting kiosks in bars and restaurants will be a big hit to make those last minute bets. 


Bars and restaurants will not only be the businesses that will be able to take advantage of these kiosks, gas stations, bowling alleys and grocery stores will have the ability to put in these kiosks to offer their customers online betting.

The State of Ohio Needs Tax Revenue

Ohio legislators took a wait and see approach as they saw how other states launched sports betting and how taxation was handled. Seeing the negative impact of a 51% tax rate for sportsbook operators in New York, Ohio took a more conservative approach and landed their tax rate at 10%. Their goal is to attract operators to the state and create another tax revenue stream that public education and youth sports programs can benefit from. 


Since football and basketbal will take 68% of all bets in the state, taxes should be rolling in pretty consistantly for at least 6 to 8 months out of the year. NHL and MLB will will cover the rest of the months.


Sportsbooks will be able to deduct promotional costs from the total taxation number in 2027 which is a silver linning for operators. 

Kentucky Sports Betting is Not Legal Yet

Usually states that legalize sports betting lean on surrounding states to attract out of state bettors. Kentucky sports bettors will be key as Ohio kicks off legal sports betting on Jan 1st. Projections are modest but during March Madness, the states expects to see an uptick in tourism from residents of Kentucky wanting to bet legally throughout the tournament.

5 Best Football Betting Strategies That Should Help You Win

Football betting can be an incredibly enjoyable way to make money, provided that you know what you are doing. However, relying on sheer luck won’t get you far. Instead, you should find an effective betting strategy, determine what the best ways to use it are and stick to it. 


Sure, learning how to use a given betting strategy can be time-consuming and frustrating at times. Nevertheless, the end result will definitely be worth it!


If you want to start making bank from football betting and have not found a good betting strategy just yet, read on! Here, you will find a list of several football betting strategies that should help you win.


Martingale System

The first football betting strategy on our list is the so-called martingale system. You have probably heard of it before, as it is quite popular among casino players. The martingale system is quite simple. You just need to double your bet after each loss. This way, when you do win, you will cover all of your previous losses. 


For instance, if you were to play online slots at UFABET, bet ten dollars on your first bet, and lose, you would have to wager twenty dollars on your second bet. If you lost again, you would have to wager forty dollars.


The main advantage of the martingale system is that it is quite easy to use. All you need to do is keep track of your losses and double your bet each time you lose. However, if you experience a long losing streak, you can quickly lose large amounts of money, as you will have to keep doubling your bets.


Doing Extensive Research

If you want to be successful at football betting, you need to do extensive research. This means that you should keep track of all the latest news and developments related to the teams that you are planning to bet on. You should also pay attention to the lineups, as they can give you valuable information about which team is more likely to win.


If that is not enough for you, you might want to start browsing football discussion boards. There, you will find plenty of people who are more than happy to share their football betting tips and strategies with you. Just make sure that you take everything with a grain of salt, as not all the information that you will find online is accurate.


Keep an Archive

You need to keep track of your bets. This way, you will be able to analyze your performance and see which bets were successful and which were not. Additionally, keeping an archive of your bets will also help you come up with new football betting strategies, as you will be able to see what worked in the past and what did not.


Such an archive can take the form of a simple spreadsheet, where you will need to input the most important information for each bet that you make. In general, you want to include the date of the bet, the type of bet, the amount of money that you wagered, the odds, and the end result. 


If you want to go the extra mile, you can also include a short comment for each bet, explaining why you made it and what your thought process was. In case you are not a big fan of spreadsheets, using a regular journal will do just fine.


Evaluate Public Bets

Consider evaluating public bets. In order to do that, you need to find a betting website that allows you to see how much money has been wagered on each team. Once you have found such a website, all you need to do is watch out for any rapid shifts in the odds. 


If the odds for a certain team start to increase rapidly, it is a good indication that a lot of people are betting on the team. In such a case, you might want to place a bet on the team in question as well, as the odds are likely to continue to increase.


Of course, you should not follow the crowd blindly and all the time. Sometimes, the general public can be wrong. However, if you pay attention to the trends, you should be able to make some accurate predictions.


Risk Low Stakes with Underdogs

If you are not willing to take too much risk with large sums of money, you should focus on risking low stakes with underdogs. The odds of underdogs winning are usually quite high, which means that you can potentially make a lot of money if you end up making the right call.


This does not mean that you should start placing bets on every single underdog that you can find. Instead, you should carefully select the underdogs that you bet on. Make sure to do your research and only bet on the teams that you think have a good chance of winning against the odds.


In Conclusion

As you can see, there are several football betting strategies that you can use in order to win. The most important thing is to find a strategy that you are comfortable with and that you think has a good chance of actually helping you make money.


Do not be afraid to experiment a little bit. It is perfectly fine to try out different betting strategies from time to time. Still, you should not switch your strategy too frequently, as it will only lead to confusion and likely cost you money in the long run.

The NFL dream start, and the disaster

The 2022 National Football League season is already well underway, and we have enjoyed a rollercoaster opening five rounds. The various divisions are beginning to take shape as the strongest sides force their way to the head of the pack, leaving others to play catch up. There has also been one or two nightmare starts to the season, and we bring you the best of those in our early-season round-up.


Football fans are delighted to see the play return to our TV screens, with games coming thick and fast. Between now and the festive period, the fixture list will continue to go through the gears as we race towards the end of the regular season and towards the playoffs. Five rounds of results may already be in the bag, but it’s not too late to get involved and have your say, thanks to the leading NFL betting sites. Make your predictions today.


The top bookmakers offer odds and accept bets on this season’s outcome with various markets and specials available. Pick the team you expect to win the Super Bowl, back a side to make it to the playoffs or go against a rival and have your stake on them not making the final list. Who will be the most valuable player or the best of the rising stars? Football fans passionate about betting and targeting a profit certainly aren’t light on options.

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Eagles soaring high

The Philadelphia Eagles couldn’t have started any better in the NFC East, with five wins from as many starts. They now sit proudly atop the division and hold the record as the only team still holding onto their 100% record. They know bigger challenges are in the pipeline, but it’s also obvious that there’s more to come from this Eagles side that looks like they mean business. Is this the season they go all the way to Super Bowl glory? It’s certainly looking possible at this stage of proceedings.


The Eagles have played five and won five to take control of the group. They have won their first two home games and taken victory from their three road trips, scoring 135 points and conceding just 88. Now, there are teams with more impressive strike rates and better defences, that’s for sure, but there’s no other team with an unbeaten record, and that’s what matters most at this stage. 


Indeed, fans couldn’t ask for any more from the coaches and players. But will they keep pushing hard, or is this little more than a good start to the season? Only time will tell, and all will be revealed before the end of the year.

Pittsburgh lack steel

The Philadelphia Eagles are the only team with a 100% record, but it wasn’t as easy to find the side that has made the worst possible start because there are a few contenders to the crowd. It’s still very early in the campaign, and we’ve seen plenty of teams struggle in the opening exchanges, only to turn things around during winter as the schedule gathers pace.

The side we picked as the one with the worst start of the season is the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFC North. They are already stuck at the foot of the group, having managed just one win in their first five outings. The Steelers are yet to win at home with an 0-2-0 record on their patch, while things haven’t been much better on the road, with their stats stuck at 1-2-0. Will that elusive home win every fall? Fans certainly hope so.


Pittsburgh has scored 77 goals and conceded 128, which isn’t the worst defensive record you will see at the moment. Steelers have conceded fewer points than a few of the other early strugglers, but their offence is the problem. The 77 points managed is the lowest of the NFL regular season at this stage, and that’s something the coaching staff know must improve. They must begin putting points on the board if they are to fight their way out of the situation they find themselves in, and that must start this weekend. It’ll soon be too late.