The Baltimore Ravens hit the Big Easy to oppose the New Orleans Saints Monday night. The Ravens and Saints are both coming off big wins last week, and both have a chance to do damage in their division. Visiting Baltimore is a 2½-point favorite (total at 48), as per BetUS sportsbook NFL odds.
Baltimore Ravens vs. New Orleans Saints NFL Odds by BetUs
|Ravens||-3 (EV)||48 (-110)||-150|
|Saints||+3 (-120)||48 (-110)||+130|
Ravens After Hat Trick
The Baltimore Ravens coming into Monday night riding quite high, with two consecutive wins while sitting atop the AFC North. Baltimore is playing another game in front of a national audience, having defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 nights ago. The Raves are 5-3, controlling their division, playing with confidence as they look every bit a playoff team.
A minuscule -325 favorite to win the division, according to NFL odds. The Ravens went all-in at this trade deadline, obtaining ex-Chicago Bears’ linebacker Roquan Smith. Smith has quickly become one of the best linebackers in the NFL, now an integral part of a sometimes-leaky defense in Baltimore. There’s nothing to suggest this pairing won’t work.
The Smith trade comes at a perfect time if you’re the Ravens. He will have a ton of assignments shadowing Kamara. Currently, the Ravens are in the bottom half in points per game allowed (22.9). This will help solidify a defense, giving the Ravens more time to control the clock on offense, as they own the second-best rush attack (yards per game) this season. The Ravens look like they became better with addition by addition. That will be scary in the other cities.
Saints are Marching in NFC South
The 3-5 New Orleans Saints had their best performance of the season last week, 24-0 over the visiting Las Vegas Raiders. It wasn’t perfect, but it was close. It was the team’s second win in its last four, as the Saints remained a game behind the Atlanta Falcons in the dysfunction of the NFC South. New Orleans is seemingly finding a rhythm after many injuries earlier in the season.
It’s been running back Alvin Kamara getting much more involved in the offense. Just last week, Kamara had 62 rushing yards (one touchdown) to go along with nine receptions (96 yards, two touchdowns). It’s no secret that Kamara is one of the truly versatile backs in the league, and the Saints are finally maxing his abilities.
The Saints are a respectable eighth in passing and rushing yards per game, as well as eighth in points per game at 24.9. It’s the defense that’s been the Achilles heel, having surrendered 25 points per game (fourth-highest in NFL).
Ravens Suffocate Saints
Although the Saints are looking like a competent team after last week, they’re still saddled with far too many injuries here. The Ravens have a high-powered, Lamar Jackson-led offense, while New Orleans has one of the bottom defenses,
Take the Ravens -3, as they should close this game out and walk away with back-to-back national-game victories on their ledger.
Go “under” in points as well. Three of the Ravens five wins have totaled less than 48 points this season. Expect the Ravens to come out and score early and often, before turning to their run game and bleed clock.
The final score gets close to the total, but under rules.