The season began with the Baltimore Ravens losing running backs seemingly every week. That would not be the worst of the injury for the perennial AFC contenders. Many of Baltimore’s best defensive backs, including cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey, have been forced to the sidelines. Their absence was duly noted as Cincinnati’s second-year quarterback Joe Burrow lit the Ravens up for 525 yards a week ago. It won’t be much easier this week playing the Los Angeles Rams.
Rams vs Ravens
Los Angeles moved by the slumping Arizona Cardinals to take sole possession of first place in the NFC West. The chance to play host to at least one playoff game is still within the Rams’ grasp.
The Rams are 6-2 on the road and have won four in a row after suffering a three-game losing streak.
The Ravens seemed to be headed to another AFC North Division title before dropping their last four games, including two losses when Baltimore coach John Harbaugh went for two-point conversions and came up empty in the final minute when an extra point would have tied the games.
The Los Angeles Rams (+1000) are tied for the fourth-best odds to win the Super Bowl while 12 teams have better odds to win it all than the Ravens (+5000).
- Game: Los Angeles Rams (11-4) at Baltimore Ravens (8-7)
- Location: M&T Bank Stadium
- Day/Time: Sunday,1 p.m. ET
- Television: FOX
|LA Rams||-4½ (-110)||-210||46½ (-110o)|
|Baltimore||+4½ (-110)||+175||46½ (-110u)|
The visiting Baltimore Ravens were listed by the NFL picks against the spread as 3½-point favorites against the Los Angeles Rams when the teams last played on Nov. 25, 2019.
A pair of Marquise Brown touchdown catches in the first quarter got the Ravens off and running. Baltimore led 28-6 at halftime. Lamar Jackson added his fourth and fifth touchdown passes of the game in the second half as Baltimore cruised to a 45-6 win.
The game went over the 47-point total on Jackson’s final TD pass 17 seconds into the fourth quarter.
Baltimore is 3-0-1 against the spread in the last four meetings with the Rams although it should be noted that the games are four years apart.
Los Angeles Rams
Next game: vs. San Francisco 49ers
The Los Angeles Rams were road favorites for the third time in the last four away games as they were listed by the Las Vegas odds as three-point favorites against the Minnesota Vikings.
A Sony Michel touchdown run and a pair of field goals helped the Rams build a 10-point halftime lead. A special-teams touchdown and TD catch by Odell Beckham Jr. enabled Los Angeles to do enough to emerge with the 30-23 win that put them in sole possession of first place in the NFC West.
The game went over the 48½-point total on Matt Gay’s third field goal of the game with 2:03 left to play.
Running back Cam Akers (Achilles), offensive lineman Brian Allen (knee) and linebacker Terrell Lewis (back) are questionable.
Sean McVay on Cam Akers, who tore his Achilles in July: “There is a possibility that he plays this week. He looked really good last week in practice. (He) did a nice job. (I) want to make sure that we’re smart, checking all the boxes. But I mean, this guy is an impressive guy.” https://t.co/K8FyPnMb7p
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 28, 2021
Offensive lineman Andrew Whitworth is on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Offensive lineman Tremayne Anchrum (knee), receiver Chatarius Atwell (shoulder), tight end Jacob Harris (knee), running back Darrell Henderson (knee), linebacker Ernest Jones (ankle), defensive lineman Sebastian Joseph-Day (pectoral) and defensive back Robert Rochell (chest) are on injured reserve.
Next game: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Baltimore Ravens went on the road and were listed by the NFL betting lines as 7½-point underdogs against the Cincinnati Bengals in a huge AFC North matchup.
Joe Burrow torched an injury-ravaged Baltimore secondary for a franchise-record 525 passing yards and four touchdowns as the Bengals moved into first place in the division with the 41-21 victory.
The Ravens got within 13 points early in the fourth quarter on a Mark Andrews touchdown catch, but Burrow hit Tee Higgins for a score less than five minutes later to end any thoughts of a Baltimore comeback.
The game went over the 43½-point total by halftime and it was the third straight Baltimore game to go over the total.
Quarterback Lamar Jackson (ankle), defensive back Anthony Averett (ribs), receiver Devin Duvernay (ankle), defensive lineman Daelin Hayes (knee), offensive linemen Tyre Phillips (knee) and Ben Powers (foot) and running back Patrick Ricard (back) are questionable.
Quarterback Tyler Huntley, defensive lineman Justin Madubuike and tight end Josh Oliver are on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Defensive backs DeShon Elliott (pectoral), Marlon Humphrey (pectoral), Marcus Peters (knee), Ar’Darius Washington (foot) and Iman Marshall (knee), running back Justice Hill (knee), offensive linemen Ja’Wuan James (Achilles) and Ronnie Stanley (ankle) are on injured reserve.
Betting on the Game
The Baltimore Ravens allowed Higgins to catch 12 passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns, so what will happen when they face Cooper Kupp, the NFL’s leading receiver? No team in the NFL is allowing more passing yards per game than Baltimore.
The Ravens are in the top five in the NFL in total offense despite injuries at multiple offensive positions, most notably quarterback and running back.
Ten of Baltimore’s games have been decided by seven points or less with the Ravens going 6-4 in those contests. The Rams are 3-0 in games decided by seven points or less.
The Rams are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games. Another interesting note for those who bet online is that the total has gone over in four of the Rams’ last five road games.
The total has gone over in seven of the last 10 games between the Ravens and Rams, and the total of 46½ is a pretty enticing number.
Baltimore has won eight of its last 10 home games and is 5-2 at home this season.