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Lions vs Ravens Betting Odds - Ravens to take out frustrations on Lions

Posted by D.J. Tomkins on 12/8/2009 3:23:50 PM

NFL Odds: Pick Ravens -13

NFL latest linesThe Lions vs Ravens betting odds aren’t exactly going to provide us with the highlight matchup of the week, but it’s still a fairly important game. The Ravens are desperate for a win to stay in the playoff hunt and cappers know that they need it badly, considering how crowded the AFC playoff picture is. Detroit is hapless and they don’t stand much of a chance here.

Lions vs Ravens betting odds: Ravens -13, Over 39.5
WHAT: NFL betting
WHEN: Sunday, December 13th – 1:00 PM ET
WHERE: M&T Bank Stadium – Baltimore, MD
KEY STAT: Ravens 0-5 ATS after playing on Monday Night Football in last three years

Lions vs Ravens betting odds maker breakdown: The Storyline
The Lions are completely toothless nowadays, as their defense is horrible and two key players from their offense – Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson – are banged up. Sportsbook odds makers know that this team is several bricks short of a load.

Meanwhile, Baltimore aren’t exactly the Super Bowl contenders they were last year, but they’re still a decent team. They’ve alternated wins and losses in their last seven games, which means they’re due for a win after a loss on Monday Night Football. They need this game to stick around in the playoff hunt.

Betting Edge: Ravens

Lions vs Ravens betting odds maker breakdown: Offense
The Lions offense is just beat up right now – literally. Quarterback Matt Stafford is having problems with his left shoulder, which means we might see Daunte Culpepper this week, and Culpepper doesn’t infuse the same confidence into this offense. The bigger issue may be the pass protection: last week, Stafford was sacked three times and hit 11 more times on just 29 dropbacks.

Meanwhile, the Ravens offense again looked sluggish against Green Bay, but they won’t have any such problems at home against Detroit. The Lions pass defense is brutal and Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco should have all day to pick them apart. Expect Ray Rice to have a huge game this week.

Betting Edge: Ravens

Lions vs Ravens betting odds maker breakdown: Defense
The Lions defense continues to get shredded as they simply have no answers. NFL betting fans know they don’t have a pass rush, they can’t cover anyone in the secondary, and they don’t stop the run very well. They are allowing 29.8 points per game. It’s tough to win when you give that many points up.

The Ravens defense had been playing better of late, but without their Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed on Monday night, they were picked apart. Reed should be back for this contest and the Ravens should be much better. The main weakness for the Ravens is their cornerbacks but the Lions don’t have the passing game to exploit this.

Betting Edge: Ravens

Lions vs Ravens betting odds maker breakdown: Notable Injuries
The Lions could be without Matt Stafford for this game, which would probably drop the team’s confidence more than it would the talent.

For Baltimore, they might be without linebacker Terrell Suggs for another week but they should have Ed Reed back in the lineup.

Betting Edge: Ravens

Lions vs Ravens betting odds for total: 39.5
This is a low total when you factor in that the Lions give up 30 points per game on their own. The Ravens defense is not as suffocating as it used to be, and they should give up a touchdown or so. It’s a close call but over is the lean here.

Pick: Over 39.5

Lions vs Ravens betting breakdown: Outlook and Pick
The Lions haven’t been competitive in weeks and now they have to play their second consecutive road game. This time, they might be without starting quarterback Matt Stafford. Baltimore needs a game to get right and this will be it.

DJ’S PICK: Ravens -13

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