Ravens vs. Raiders Prediction
Will the Ravens pull off a small upset on the road today when they visit the Raiders at 4:05PM ET?
Who: Ravens (2-2) at Raiders (2-2)
When: 4:05PM ET, Sunday, October 8
Where: Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Raiders are 3-point home favorites versus the Ravens, who also opened as 2.5-point underdogs. As for the total., the number hit the board at 40 but has been bet down to 39.5.
Baltimore Ravens Betting Trends
The Ravens are 4-16-1 against the spread in their last 21 games plyaed in October, are 2-7 against the number in their last nine road games, and are 4-14-2 against the spread in their last 20 games coming off a loss. They're also just 5-11-2 against the number in their last 18 games coming off a failed cover in their previous game.
Oakland Raiders Betting Trends
The Raiders are 5-1 against the spread in their last six home games, are 5-2 against the number in their last seven games coming off a loss, and are 10-4 at the betting window in their last 14 games after scoring less than 15 points in their previous game. They're also just 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 games coming off an ATS loss.
OUR PREDICTION: Honestly, there's no reason to back a struggling Ravens team that has been exposed the past two weeks for what it is: An average team with a good but not great defense and a punchless offense. Still, I have a feeling about Baltimore. The Raiders lost starting quarterback Derek Carr to a back injury and E.J. Manuel is starting in his place today. Manuel would be fine to step in and manage the game if Oakland's offense were rolling right now, but that isn't the case. Amari Cooper has been plagued by drops, Michael Crabtree is banged up, and despite adding "Beast Mode" Marshawn Lynch to its backfield, the Raiders are gaining just 86.2 yards per game on the ground (24th in the league). Yes, Baltimore has problems offensively, but so does Oakland. And I'll take the better defense with the points.
NFL WEEK 5 PREDICTIONS: BALTIMORE RAVENS +3