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Ravens Eagles Betting Tips – Ravens Try To Maintain Fine Form Against The Eagles

Posted by Tony Bryant on 9/12/2012 6:44:46 PM

The Baltimore Ravens delivered the single most impressive performance of any AFC team in week one of the NFL season. They'll try to stay on track when they visit Philadelphia.

Baltimore Ravens @ Philadelphia Eagles - Sunday, September 16    
Betting line: Philadelphia -1

Why Baltimore Will Win

When football betting gurus size up this game, they're going to assert that the Ravens' quality and talent outstrip anything that Philadelphia can offer. This past Monday, Baltimore stared down a Cincinnati team that made the playoffs last season… and crushed it, 44-13. If casual sports fans were expecting the Ravens to be psychologically wounded eight months after losing to New England in the 2011 AFC Championship Game, they were wrong. Baltimore did lose pass rusher Terrell Suggs in the offseason and had cause for concern entering the 2012 opener, but the Ravens played with such precision and ferocity that they didn't need Suggs for a single second against the Bengals.

Both sides of the ball delivered the goods for Baltimore. Whether it was veteran safety Ed Reed reacting like a 24-year-old to pass plays on defense, or quarterback Joe Flacco producing a strong effort under center, the Ravens flourished, throwing down the kind of performance that should make every other team in the AFC take notice. With Pittsburgh, the Ravens' foremost rival in the AFC North, losing to Denver, it's quite reasonable to say that the Ravens – the defending division champions – are in good position to repeat after one week. It's early, but Baltimore has to be very encouraged about its direction in 2012. Optimism is a good thing to have in a locker room after that first regular season game.

What should also help the Ravens is that Philadelphia is struggling. The Eagles committed five turnovers against Cleveland in week one. Quarterback Michael Vick threw four interceptions, a reasonable indicator that the once-dynamic signal caller remains a hesitant and diminished player following a decidedly mediocre 2011 season. If Vick is not right, there's no way Philadelphia can win.

Why Philadelphia Will Win

Despite Baltimore's convincing win in week one, online sports betting legal entities have installed the Eagles as a very slight favorite. Why is this so?

There are two things the experts are emphasizing in this game. First, Philadelphia is playing at home. A large, boisterous crowd will make it difficult for the Ravens' offense to function, and Joe Flacco has not established a reputation as one of the most consistent quarterbacks in the NFL. Philadelphia's defense swiped four interceptions in week one against Cleveland, and although Flacco is far better than Cleveland rookie Brandon Weeden, he is definitely prone to mistakes – his career is a reflection of that reality. Oddsmakers are convinced that Flacco can't string together back-to-back great games.

The other reason why the Eagles are the slight favorite is that Baltimore is coming off a Monday night win. The short week of preparation, this early in the season, is often daunting for an NFL team. The Eagles are fresher, and that could work in their favor.

Who Will Win

Baltimore is a comprehensively better team than Philadelphia. The Ravens won't dominate, but they should outplay the Eagles to a considerable degree and walk away with a win.

NFL Football Betting Pick: Baltimore


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