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Ravens Falcons Betting – Ravens’ D Put Clamps On Ryan, Falcons

Posted by Stan Simmons on 11/8/2010 4:32:03 PM
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Online betting players should be treated to a monster of a game on Thursday night in Atlanta, when the Atlanta Falcons host Baltimore Ravens in a matchup of teams who are playing extremely well right now. This will be a matchup of Atlanta’s exciting offense against the hard-hitting Baltimore defense, and we all know most of the time, the defense is going to come out on top, even on the road.

  • What: NFL betting
  • When: Thursday, November 11th, 8:20 PM ET
  • Where: The Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
  • Pick: Baltimore Ravens +1

What’s On The Line

Thursday games mean that it’s starting to heat up in the NFL, and it kicks off with the Ravens (6-2), who rolled to a 26-10 at home over Miami in a thoroughly dominating performance. The Falcons (6-2) hung on for a tough 27-21 win over plucky Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home, so this is now a battle of division leaders. Both teams will be looking to extend a two-game winning streak, but now they’re just trying to position themselves to win their respective divisions.

Offensive Matchups: Ravens Falcons Betting

Baltimore’s offense was deadly efficient against the Dolphins, as Joe Flacco was 20-of-27 for 266 yards and a couple of touchdowns with no picks, while rushing for 146 yards. They also held the ball for over 38 minutes, keeping the Miami Dolphins off the field while wearing down their defense. Flacco was picked off four times in Week 2, and has tossed 11 touchdowns with a single pick since then. The Ravens are 15th in the league offensively, but they’re also extremely balanced, so they’re a massive threat.

The Falcons are fifth in the NFL offensively, and like the Ravens, they’re balanced. Michael Turner ran for 107 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Matt Ryan was 24-of-36 for 235 yards and a score for the Falcons. Atlanta is also good at keeping Ryan on his feet, as he wasn’t sacked on Sunday, and they’ve allowed 13 sacks, only one fewer than Baltimore. But how will they fare against the tough Baltimore defense? And how is Roddy White’s knee?

Betting Edge: Draw

Defensive Matchups: Ravens Falcons Betting

Ed Reed picked off his third pass in two games since coming back from injury, improving what was already one of the best defenses in the league. The Ravens held the Dolphins’ rushing attack to 73 yards, then the defense went to work in the second half, pitching a shutout. Reed had one of three Baltimore picks, and with him back in the middle of the field, that allows the Ravens to blitz until the cows come home. However, they have to figure out something to do with cornerback Fabian Washington, who was benched in the second half for poor play.

The Falcons are 21st in the league defensively, which is 12 spots lower than Baltimore, and they forced a couple of turnovers against the Bucs, along with 278 yards allowed. The run defense was solid, holding Tampa Bay to 96 yards on 27 carries, turning the Bucs into a passing team. Cornerback Dunta Robinson returned from injury, but gave up a long touchdown because he slipped, and you probably won’t see that happen much. The Atlanta defense is better than the numbers, but they have to be more consistent.

Betting Edge: Ravens

Notable Injuries: Ravens Falcons Betting

Baltimore seemed to get through the Miami game unscathed, but NFL betting players should watch for the injury report on Wednesday.

The same goes for Atlanta, but they have one worry: White (knee) was hurt in the first half against Tampa Bay, but returned and said he was fine. Still, watch out for news on the star receiver.

Betting Edge: Ravens

Outlook and Pick: Ravens Falcons Betting

The Falcons are 1-point NFL betting favorites at home in this Thursday night showdown, and against the Baltimore/Cleveland franchise, they’re 2-2 SU and 0-4 ATS in their four home meetings. The last one came in 2002, when the Falcons won 20-17, but we’re taking Baltimore to come away with the victory here. Atlanta is 26th in the league against the pass, and Flacco is going to carve them up. Meanwhile, Ryan has to deal with Reed, who is playing like a man possessed. The matchup between Turner and Baltimore’s Ray Lewis is going to be fun to watch as well. Baltimore gets fired up by being the underdog (2-0-1 ATS in 2010), so take them for the sports betting win on Thursday.

Stan’s Pick: Baltimore Ravens


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