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This season’s opening Monday Night Football will feature two teams that are hungry for playoff action and will look to finally make an impact during the postseason. There are too many questions surrounding both the Baltimore Ravens and the Las Vegas Raiders, though, and we will now see where we can place some potentially winning bets.
Betting the Las Vegas Raiders vs Baltimore Ravens on the spread
The current line is Ravens -4.5 at -110 on the road. Quite frankly, we don’t love that number because backing a road favorite in week 1 (especially on MNF) is not our thing. The Ravens’ backfield is ravaged by cluster injuries. We are not yet certain of how good the passing game will be, and the Raiders’ defense is not to be trifled with.
We don’t like this spread in particular, but if we are backing anyone, it’d be the Raiders at home +4.5.
Las Vegas Raiders vs Baltimore Ravens: Our Best Bet on the match
We are betting the total here and we are going under the hefty 51.0 at -110. Nothing really suggests that this would be a high-scoring affair.
The Raiders have bolstered every unit of their starting defense. They got Yannick Ngakoue on the D-line, linebacker KJ Wright and defensive back Casey Hayward. Combine that personnel with an aggressive defensive coordinator such as Don Martindale who blitzes on 33% of all snaps and you get a tough task on your hands if you are the Raiders.
Still, Baltimore’s offense has not impressed us over the years with Lamar Jackson’s ineptitude to throw the ball consistently. The Ravens are down to Gus Edwards and Patrick Ricard in the backfield and they are two full-back-type players. So it looks like it will be a grind against Gus Bradley’s defensive unit. Go with the Under 51.0
Players to watch in the Raiders vs Ravens game
Lamar Jackson: Greg Roman and John Harbaugh have promised us a more diverse offense, one in which Lamar isn’t relied on to only gain yards on the ground. The Raiders will likely have a spy on him throughout the whole game though. We are interested in seeing how much better (if any) Lamar Jackson has gotten.
Darren Waller: against a very aggressive Ravens defense, the tight end should be Derek Carr’s best friend. However, tight ends did not fare very well against Harbaugh last season averaging 51 yards per game on 3.2 receptions and 0.3 TDs.
The bonus picks that we have for the Raiders vs Ravens clash
- 1st quarter totals – Under 10.0 @ -125
- Money Line – Raiders @ +180
- Highest scoring half – 2nd half @ -105
Common questions for the LV vs BAL game
- Will Sammy Watkins play? – Yes, he is healthy and should be WR2 for the Ravens
- Is Josh Jacobs the starter for the Raiders? – On paper, yes, but we expect him and Kenyan Drake to share snaps.
- What time does MNF start? – Monday Night Football in week one will take place at 08:15 pm ET.