Ravens Rams Betting – Refocused Ravens Roll Over Rams In St. Louis
Online betting players may have jumped on Baltimore’s bandwagon after a big opening week, but the Ravens were brought back to earth in Week 2. This week, they travel to St. Louis to face the Rams, who are riddled with injuries, and the Ravens will take advantage of this on both sides of the ball.
What: NFL Betting
When: Sunday, September 25th, 4:05 PM ET
Where: Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, MO
Pick: Baltimore Ravens -3.5
Why Bet On Baltimore Ravens (1-1 SU, 1-1 ATS)
The Ravens came out flat in a 26-13 loss in Tennessee, and they looked like a team that was spent after a dominant win over Pittsburgh to open the season. Joe Flacco was all over the place, going 15-of-32 for 197 yards, a touchdown and two picks, and his problems were exacerbated by the lack of a running game as Baltimore managed only 43 yards on the ground, and he was unprotected for most of the day by the line. The Ravens failed to score on both of their trips to the red zone, and they just didn’t look like the efficient team we’re used to seeing. After 10 points in the first quarter, Baltimore’s offense just couldn’t seem to get going. Defensively, Matt Hasselbeck threw for 358 yard against the Ravens and they gave up a number of big plays, which again, is very un-Baltimore Raven-like.
But the defense still tried to keep the Ravens in the game as they stopped the Titans on three of five red-zone trips, and they also held Chris Johnson to 53 yards on the ground. Ray Lewis and Ed Reed had eight tackles apiece, while Ladarius Webb led the way with 10 tackles, and the defense did as best they could to keep the Ravens in the game. You can expect the Ravens to be back on track this week as you could tell that spent a lot of energy getting ready for the Steelers in Week 1, and they will have a full and healthy squad.
Why Bet On St. Louis Rams (0-2 SU, 0-2 ATS)
NFL betting players watched the Rams struggle through a 28-16 loss on the road against the New York Giants on Monday night, but they also went in shorthanded as a number of important players, led by running back Steven Jackson, were on the sidelines due to injury, and quarterback Sam Bradford probably wasn’t 100% after suffering a hand injury in Week 1. Bradford still managed to go 22-of-46 for 331 yards and a touchdown, which went to Danario Alenxander, who had 122 receiving yards. James Laurinaitis had 14 tackles to lead the defense that was always going to have a tough time on the road with an anemic and injury-ravaged offense, while Quinton Mikell added a pick for the Rams.
However, St. Louis committed eight penalties and gave the Giants four first downs, which didn’t help their defense in getting off the field. They also lost a pair of fumbles and were successful on one of four trips to the red zone. Overall, it was just a bad game for the Rams, who aren’t out of the NFC West because their division is terrible, but they have to turn things around very soon.
How It Will Play Out
The Ravens are a 3.5-point NFL betting favorite on the road in St. Louis, where they are 0-2 SU and ATS in two visits since 1999, the last of which came in 2003. One game went over the posted total, but this figures to be a lower-scoring game because of St. Louis’ offensive woes.
Those problems will continue this week as the Rams run into a Baltimore team that will be eager to put last week behind them, and the St. Louis defense isn’t good enough to carry their team, although they are getting better. The Rams have a good front four that will have to put pressure on Flacco, but they also have to deal with Rice, who can hurt you on the ground and in the air. Bradford would like to get help from the running game, but with Jackson still out (likely), the Ravens can sit back and dare the Rams to pass, and that works out well for them. The Ravens on the road is the smart sports betting play here.
Ravens Rams Betting Pick: Baltimore Ravens -3.5