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Ravens Rams Betting Predictions - Ravens And Rams See What Tweaks They Can Make

Posted by Tony Bryant on 8/28/2012 6:50:14 PM

The Baltimore Ravens and the St. Louis Rams will be making their final roster manipulations after Thursday's contest in the Gateway City. We'll see what intrigues lie ahead for these teams.

Baltimore Ravens @ St. Louis Rams – Thursday, August 30   
Sport betting line: No line

Why Baltimore Will Win

The football betting community does not usually witness a preseason contest in which one team scores as many as 48 points, or even anything above 40 points. Yet, that's precisely what the Baltimore Ravens did last week in week three of their preseason slate. The Ravens scored more than 30 points in the second half, as their backups flourished under the watch of a quietly encouraged head coach, John Harbaugh. Tyrod Taylor, who is trying to make a home for himself in the NFL after a superb collegiate career with Virginia Tech, completed 7 of 9 passes and proved to be very competent, albeit in the face of second-string competition.

Taylor's prowess as a backup should give the Ravens ample reason to believe that they can score consistently in the second half against the Rams, whose offense is not as potent as Baltimore's. One should remember that Baltimore came one dropped pass from beating the New England Patriots in last season's AFC Championship Game on the road in Foxborough, Mass. This is a talented team, one that is going to compete for an AFC playoff spot and for the AFC North Division crown. Even though the backups are going to get a lot more playing time than the starters, it seems as though the Ravens have hungry second-string players, and that's the very ingredient a team needs if it's going to win preseason games. These kinds of details are the details that savvy bettors notice.

Why St. Louis Will Win

The St. Louis Rams have been all over the map in their first three postseason contests; it is as though they've been playing three different sets of poker games. The Rams got blasted by Indianapolis to the tune of a 38-3 score in their opener; they then defeated the Kansas City Chiefs, 31-17. Then they lost by one point, 20-19, at Dallas in week three. They now come home to face Baltimore. Should one expect a convincing loss by the Rams? Not really. Their defense has stabilized after the stink-bomb at Indianapolis.
The offense has work to do, but the old Ravens – with so many longtime veteran players on their heralded defense (such as Ray Lewis and Ed Reed) – are likely to give a lot of minutes to their least-accomplished players. This will give the Rams the opening they need to win this game. What also has to be said is that the team Baltimore thrashed last week was Jacksonville, one of the NFL's worst teams. Let's not put too much stock in that 48-17 drubbing.

Who Will Win

The Ravens won't play their starters very much, giving an edge to the Rams. On the other hand, this is a game for backups, and Baltimore's reserves are better than anyone St. Louis can put on the field. Pick the Ravens here.

NFL Football Betting Pick: Baltimore


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