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Bills Ravens Betting – Ravens Take Frustrations Out On Lowly Bills

Posted by Stan Simmons on 10/19/2010 6:07:41 PM
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Online betting players watched Baltimore essentially give away a game last weekend against one of the teams they figure to come across at some point later this season. This week, the Baltimore Ravens return home to face a team with no playoff aspirations, and Buffalo is in a whipping on both sides of the ball when they travel to Baltimore on Sunday.

  • What: NFL betting
  • When: Sunday, October 24th, 1:00 PM ET
  • Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD
  • Pick: Baltimore Ravens -13

What’s On The Line

The Buffalo Bills (0-5) return from their bye week still looking for their first win of the season, and usually coming off the bye is a good thing. However, now they’re facing a Ravens (4-2) team that lost 23-20 in overtime to the New England Patriots in a game they should have won, which means they’re angry, and at home. The Bills’ season is long gone, therefore there’s more on the line for the Ravens in this AFC matchup.

Offensive Matchups: Bills Ravens Betting

Buffalo comes in 30th in the league offensively, but they showed a little improvement in their last game, a 36-26 loss at home to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 220 yards and three touchdowns, and he doesn’t have to be that good every week. He just needs to be decent so the Bills’ running game can break out. The Bills are also awful up front and gave up three sacks in their last start.

The Ravens seem like they’re caught in two minds as to what they want to do. On one hand, they have Ray Rice, a solid runner. On the other hand, they have Joe Flacco, Anquan Boldin, Derrick Mason and other targets in the passing game. Rice had 88 yards on 28 carries against the Patriots, while Flacco threw for 285 yards and no touchdowns, but the Ravens took their foot off the gas in the second half, and that cost them.

Betting Edge: Ravens

Defensive Matchups: Bills Ravens Betting

The Bills are terrible defensively, and there’s probably a reason why: coach Chan Gailey switched from a 4-3 to a 3-4, which many players had never played. He figured that they would eventually catch on, but not so much, and the Bills are now 29th in the league on this side of the ball. They can’t get a pass rush, racking up six sacks so far, and they’re last in the league against the run by over 25 yards. Unless something drastic happens this weekend, they could get gouged.

Baltimore is third in the league defensively, but the Patriots seemed to move the ball at will in the fourth quarter and overtime. They gave up 4.9 yards a carry, but the Patriots broke a couple of big plays on them. Don’t worry, the Ravens are still arguably, the best defense in the league, right up there with the Pittsburgh, and this is going to be the unit that fuels their anger in this game. It’s going to be a long day for the Buffalo offense.

Betting Edge: Ravens

Notable Injuries: Bills Ravens Betting

Cornerback Terrence McGee (knee) is scrambling to get healthy for this game, and the Bills will need him in the secondary.

Tight end Todd Heap (concussion) will be watched closely to see if he will be ready for this game.

Betting Edge: Draw

Outlook and Pick: Bills Ravens Betting

NFL betting odds have the Ravens as a massive 13-point favorite at home, where they’ve faced the Bills twice since 2004, a 20-6 win in 2004, and a 19-7 victory in 2006. The Ravens are 4-1 SU in their last five as a favorite of eight points or more, but only 2-3 ATS. However, they’re facing the Bills, who are 0-5 SU and 1-4 ATS in their last five as an underdog of the same spread. We’re going with the Ravens to cover in this game as they’re going to shut down a Buffalo offense that doesn’t need much help getting shut down. It also doesn’t help that the Buffalo defense stinks, and unless there’s a miracle, they won’t be able to stop Rice. Take the Ravens in a sports betting rout.

Stan’s Pick: Baltimore Ravens


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