Broncos Ravens Betting – Ravens Dominate Both Sides Of The Ball Against Denver
Sports betting players have watched Baltimore scuffle out of the gate, performance-wise, but they’re getting the results as they head into Week 5, where they’ll host Denver. The Broncos have been shaky themselves, and this is the perfect game for the Baltimore offense to get on track, because the defense will do their job against Denver.
- What: NFL betting
- When: Sunday, October 10th, 1:00 PM ET
- Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD
- Pick: Baltimore Ravens
What’s On The Line
The Denver Broncos (2-2) bounced back from a tough loss to the Indianapolis Colts at home by going on the road and beating the Tennessee Titans 26-20 with a big fourth-quarter performance on offense, defense and special teams. The Ravens (3-1) won their first AFC North showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers 17-14 thanks to a late touchdown pass in this defensive struggle. Both of these teams have the playoffs on their mind this season, but the Broncos don’t want to go below .500.
Offensive Matchups: Broncos Ravens Betting
Denver is fourth in the league offensively, and Kyle Orton had his third straight game with 300 yards or more against the Titans, putting up 341 yards, a pair of touchdowns and a pick. The injury to Knowshon Moreno has forced the Broncos to go to the air more, and you wouldn’t think that Orton would be as successful since Denver got rid of Brandon Marshall, but he has a very capable group of receivers led by Eddie Royal and Brandon Lloyd.
The Baltimore Ravens offense has struggled a bit this year, and they obviously did against the Steelers, but Pittsburgh’s defense, if you don’t know, is pretty good. Still, Joe Flacco made some big plays against them, and his 18-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Houshmandezadeh with 32 seconds left was a thing of beauty. The Ravens had troubles running the ball with Willis McGahee and Ray Rice, who was less than 100%, but again, that was against Pittsburgh.
Betting Edge: Broncos
Defensive Matchups: Broncos Ravens Betting
The Broncos did an excellent job against the Titans, particularly against Chris Johnson, holding the star back to 53 yards on the ground. Linebacker D.J. Williams was all over the field against the Titans with 10 tackles and a sack, and the Broncos were very aggressive getting into the Tennessee backfield. They may want to be a bit conservative against the Ravens, who have a lot of weapons through the air for Flacco to use. If they overblitz, Flacco will pick them apart because Baltimore did a great job of picking up Pittsburgh’s blitzes last week.
The Ravens held the Steelers to 210 yards, and end Haloti Ngata was a force with 11 tackles and a sack. Linebacker Ray Lewis had nine tackles and a pick late in the game to seal the deal for the Ravens, who are just barely behind San Diego in the defensive rankings. Baltimore’s defense seemed like it was a bit tentative last season without safety Ed Reed. Now that they know that Reed likely won’t be back for a while, the Ravens are back to being their aggressive selves.
Betting Edge: Ravens
Notable Injuries: Broncos Ravens Betting
Moreno (hamstring) is someone to be watched as the Broncos are last in the league in rushing, and the duo of Laurence Maroney and Correll Buckhalter aren’t picking up the slack.
Rice (knee) and McGahee (stinger) should share carries again, but ends Cory Redding (concussion) and Paul Kruger (leg) are both questionable for the Ravens.
Betting Edge: Draw
Outlook and Pick: Broncos Ravens Betting
The Ravens should be the NFL betting favorites at home, where they are 4-1 both ATS and SU in their last five meetings against Denver. Baltimore’s defense is looking as dominant as it did when they won the Super Bowl back in 2000. Orton is going to have his hands full if he wants to have a 300-yard day against the Ravens, and that’s not likely to happen. The Denver defense is going to have to keep this game close, and while the Ravens’ offense has struggled, they’re balanced and can keep the Broncos on their toes. Which Broncos show up? Judging by patterns, the inconsistent and shaky Broncos. Take the Ravens in your online betting book.
Stan’s Pick: Baltimore Ravens