Ravens vs. Raiders MNF Prediction
Week 1 of the NFL season concludes in Las Vegas on Monday night where the Raiders will host the Ravens at 8:15 p.m. ET. With the Ravens laying four points as a road favorite and the total sitting at 50.5, what’s the top play for bettors tonight?
481 Baltimore Ravens (-4) at 482 Las Vegas Raiders (+4); o/u 50.5
8:15 p.m. ET, Sunday, September 12, 2021
NFL Week 1 Regular Season
Baltimore Ravens DFS Spin
Ravens OC Greg Roman said Ty'Son Williams has "done nothing but impress" the coaching staff this summer. Williams is going to start against the Raiders Monday night following the season-ending injuries to J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards, and Justice Hill. Even after the signings of Le'Veon Bell, Latavius Murray, Devonta Freeman, and Trenton Cannon, The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec expects the Ravens to give Williams "every opportunity over these first couple of weeks to solidify his hold on the starting job." The team clearly likes Williams. He has a chance to run with the gig if he can produce Week 1 against Vegas. Consider Williams a back-end RB2 with upside this week.
Las Vegas Raiders DFS Spin
Josh Jacobs (illness) has been downgraded to questionable for the Raiders' Week 1 game against the Ravens. Whatever illness Jacobs is dealing with isn't COVID-19 or he would have landed on the reserve/COVID list. It's a highly concerning downgrade 24 hours before the Raiders take on the Ravens in Vegas. Kenyan Drake would presumably take over as the team's lead back if Jacobs were to miss the season opener. Fantasy managers should seek a desperation backup option if they planned on playing Jacobs on Monday.
Ravens vs. Raiders Betting Prediction
The over is 5-0 in the last five meetings between these two teams and is 8-0-1 in the Raiders’ last nine games as a home underdog. The over is also 5-0 in the Raiders’ last five games in September, is 6-0 in their last six games versus AFC opponents and is 7-1-1 in their last nine games as an underdog. The over is 12-3-1 in Las Vegas’ last 16 games overall, as well.
NFL WEEK 1 BETTING PREDICTION: RAVENS/RAIDERS OVER 50.5