The Las Vegas Raiders are ready to host fans in their new stadium and location. Unfortunately, they’ll have to do it against one of the best teams in the AFC. Lamar Jackson and the Ravens look to get the season off to a 1-0 start against a conference rival.
|Game: Baltimore Ravens (0-0) at Las Vegas Raiders (0-0)
Location: Allegiant StadiumDate: September 13, 2021
Time: 8:15p.m. ET
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These two faced off in 2018. Baltimore was able to make easy work of the Raiders, winning 34-17. It was Lamar Jackson’s rookie season, but the Ravens’ QB held his own. Although the Ravens were -13 points in that game, they still covered.
Next game: Home vs. Chiefs
The Ravens had an 11-5 record in 2020 but were overshadowed by the Kansas City Chiefs. Another great year from Jackson ended with the Ravens being eliminated from the playoffs.
The Ravens were one of the best teams against the spread in 2020. They matched their 11-5 regular-season record, covering the spread 11 times in 16 games.
For such a powerful offense, their total went under more often than over, so keep that in mind. Still, when the Baltimore Ravens were one of the most reliable at the sportsbook last season.
The Ravens are riddled with injuries; most important is the loss of RB Gus Edwards for the season. Defensive Back Marcus Peters is out for the season, and Jackson is listed as “probable.” The season’s off to a rough start for the Ravens, who have turned the roster into a hospital ward.
A few hours before Thursday’s practice, according to sources, Peters told reporters how playing with the Ravens brought back his joy for the game.
“It just felt good here,” Peters said. “All the guys just were young and upbeat but were willing and determined to work hard to win a Super Bowl here. … I’ve been appreciating coming to work. I just like being in Baltimore.”
They have signed Le’Veon Bell and Latavius Murray to boost the running back room.
Las Vegas Raiders
Next game: at Pittsburgh Steelers
More mediocrity came from the 2020 season for the Las Vegas Raiders. They finished losing three out of five games and ended at 8-8.
With no postseason in sight, the Raiders attempted to figure out what the problem was. They figured it out pretty quickly when they took a look at the secondary.
The defensive backs and safeties for the Raiders were getting exploited constantly. This led to big plays being surrendered and the spreads being blown.
The Raiders finished with an 8-8 record against the spread. In an overall average season, at least they had some consistency when they were the underdog at the sportsbook.
Defensive End Carl Nassib is listed as “questionable” for Monday’s game. RB Josh Jacobs and offensive lineman Richie Incognito are both “questionable” The Raiders are essentially in the same boat as the Baltimore Ravens here. Both teams have significant injuries.
Betting on the Game
When looking at the spread history of both teams, one piece of information stands out. That is the great record against the spread the Ravens had in 2020. Going 11-5 against the spread isn’t easy to do when you’re usually a heavily favored team. Unfortunately, with all the injuries to the Ravens lineup, even winning by a touchdown is questionable.
Considering the injuries on the Ravens’ roster, taking the Raiders +175 moneyline isn’t a bad idea. The Raiders are at home, have a couple of new players on defense; most importantly, the Ravens are decimated.
This could be a great chance for Las Vegas to get a hot start to their season. Definitely not a bad idea to capitalize on this one and take the Raiders moneyline based on the current NFL odds and lines.
The total on this game is currently at 50.5, and many are leaning toward the over. However, you have to consider the injuries on both sides of the ball. The lack of a starting RB will force Lamar Jackson to do most of the running himself.
This could lead to a more conservative approach from the Ravens. Contrarily, the Raiders want to control the ball for at least 55% of this game. They won’t want Baltimore’s offense on the field very much, meaning they’ll run the ball a lot more.