Soaring Ravens Face Another Test On The Road Against The Rams

Baltimore is listed as a three-point road favorite

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Ravens (8-2) at Rams (6-4)

BAL -3, O/U 47, Monday November 25th, 8:15pm EST

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  • Although it might still be a tad bit too early to label this as a “must win” game for the Los Angeles Rams (6-4), they’re currently sitting outside of the NFC playoff picture at the moment.

  • While they have the edge over the Chicago Bears (5-6), Philadelphia Eagles (5-6) and Carolina Panthers (5-6), they’re in the danger zone, hovering behind the Seattle Seahawks (9-2) and Minnesota Vikings (8-3) in the Wild Card race. A loss in this game would be catastrophic to their playoff aspirations. 

  • Meanwhile, the Baltimore Ravens (8-2) are widely regarded as the team to beat in the AFC based on their recent play and the ascension of quarterback Lamar Jackson, who is a definite MVP contender. They’re slated as the second seed in the AFC and are clicking on all cylinders.

  • After beating down the Houston Texans to the tune of 41-7 last week, Baltimore will look to show up on the second part of their three-game test (against Houston, Los Angeles and then the San Francisco 49ers next week). 

  • Baltimore is listed as three-point road favorites and the over/under is set at 47 points. Let’s explore some factors to note for each team.

Ravens

Remember when everyone was wondering whether or not Lamar Jackson could emerge as an NFL starter… at wide receiver? Those days are long gone and if the season ended right now, he’d most likely be neck-and-neck with Russell Wilson for the MVP award. The Ravens are winners of six-straight games and have also covered in four-straight, including a 16-point win against the Seahawks in Seattle, a 17-point win at home against the Patriots, a 36-point win on the road against the Cincinnati Bengals and a 34-point win at home against the Texans last week. While Jackson and Baltimore’s offense has clicked all season long, their defense turned the corner five games ago and has allowed an average of 14.6 points per contest since then.

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Both the Ravens and the Rams have middling defenses against the pass, but top seven rushing defense. It’s important to note that it might be tough sledding for both Mark Ingram (and LA’s Todd Gurley). But, the way Baltimore’s offense is clicking right now, they might be unstoppable. The Ravens lead the NFL by averaging 3.19 points per drive (no other team averages more than 2.71 and only three others average more than 2.38).

Rams

The Rams have won and covered in three of their last four games (against the Atlanta Falcons, Bengals and Chicago Bears), but dropped a crucial road contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 10. Luckily for Jared Goff, Todd Gurley and Cooper Kupp, two other crucial offensive playmakers are slated to return for this game. Brandin Cooks (head) and Robert Woods (personal) are both deemed likely to suit up and they add two important dimensions to their team’s offensive attack. 

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While Sean McVay’s offense hasn’t exactly lit it up recently, scoring 17 or fewer points in three of their last five games (which contributed to their last five contests finishing under the total), their defense has stepped it up and has seemed to turn the corner. They’ve allowed an average of 11.8 points per game over their last four and held opponents to 10 or fewer points in three of those four contests. Although facing Lamar Jackson is a challenge of its own, even for an elite defense (shout out to the Patriots), it’s worth mentioning how dominant LA’s unit has been. 

Prediction

BetQL’s NFL Model labels Baltimore’s -180 moneyline as the best bet. Find out if it also likes the Ravens ATS and whether the over or the under is the best bet. Per BetQL’s Public Betting Dashboard, 64 percent of total bets have gone on the Ravens -3, as of Monday morning.