Jackson to Get 2nd Start for Ravens, A Look at Odds and Line Movement

On Friday, Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh announced that rookie Lamar Jackson will get the start at quarterback this Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. Longtime starter Joe Flacco was unable to practice this week and will miss his second straight game due to a hip injury that he suffered in a loss to the Steelers three weeks ago.

Last week, the Ravens waited until the last possible moment before unveiling that Jackson would make his first start of the season. In that game against divisional rival the Cincinnati Bengals, Jackson led Baltimore to a 24-21 victory. Lamar finished the game going 13 of 19 for 150 yards and 1 INT. However, he rushed the ball 26 times for 119 yards becoming the first QB ever to rush for more than 100 yards in his first NFL start.

Raiders vs Ravens Betting Odds

Sunday’s matchup between the Raiders and the Ravens is the 12th time these two teams have played against each other. Currently, Baltimore (as the Ravens) is 8-3 all-time against the Raiders. The Ravens are also 5-1 against Oakland at home. However, the Raiders did win at Baltimore in 2016, after Baltimore had won 5 straight games at home.

This weekend’s game will be in Baltimore and the Ravens are a big favorite over the Raiders. According to BetOnline, Baltimore is a 10-point favorite and is listed with a moneyline of -520. Oakland is a +425 underdog.

Most online betting sites had the Ravens open as a double digit favorite between 10.5 and 12 points. Since then, the spread has slowly come down at most NFL sportsbooks. Currently, the majority of online sportsbooks have Baltimore favored by 10. Upon the announcement of Jackson starting, the majority of betting sites seemed to lower the spread by a half point.

NFL Prediction: Ravens Will Crush the Raiders

If you plan on doing some NFL betting this weekend then this game is definitely one to consider. I have no doubt that the Ravens will defeat the Raiders. However, the -520 moneyline provides no value. Furthermore, I wouldn’t even touch the Raiders moneyline, it’s not even worth taking a flier on.

The Raiders are 1-7 SU and 2-6 ATS as an underdog this year. They’re also 1-5 SU against the AFC and 1-8 on grass fields.

Oakland’s offense has been abysmal this year as they only average 17 ppg. The Ravens defense gives up 18.1 ppg. The Raiders give up 29.3 ppg and are one of the worst rush defenses in the NFL as they allow 142.3 ppg. This is great news for the Ravens who ran for 267 yards last weekend against the Bengals.

I expect Lamar Jackson to continue his rushing success and possibly get close to the 100-yard mark again this week. At running back, Baltimore will look to give Gus Edwards a shot to duplicate his success from last week against the Bengals when he rushed for 115 yards and 1 TD on 17 carries. With how bad Oakland is on defense, I can see Baltimore rushing for over 200 yards as a team this week.

Prior to their win over Arizona last weekend, Oakland had lost 5 straight games by a combined score of 149 to 50. That breaks down to an average of 29.8 ppg to 10 ppg. I expect that trend to continue this weekend as Baltimore has one of the best defenses in the NFL. The Ravens are #1 in points allowed (18.1), #1 in total yards allowed (300 ypg), 2nd against the pass (205.4 ypg), and 4th against the rush at (94.8 ypg).

I expect the Ravens to shut down the Raiders offense and hold them to less than 18 points. I also see Baltimore scoring up near the 28 to 30 point mark. With that said, the smart bet is on the Ravens covering the spread of 10 points. Baltimore is 13-5 SU in their last 18 home games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games against Oakland.

NFL Bet: Ravens -10 (-110)
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