Date/Time: October 13th, 1:00 PM ET
Spread: Packers -2.5
Heavyweights that are expected to challenge for their division titles are going to meet in NFL betting action at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday, as the Baltimore Ravens take on the Green Bay Packers.
The Packers haven’t won a game here in Baltimore in almost 40 years, but they are going to hope to change that on Sunday. QB Aaron Rodgers is coming off of a suspect game against the Detroit Lions, but that said, he still threw for over 300 yards thanks to an 82-yard touchdown bomb to WR James Jones. This offense really seems like it is clicking even when it isn’t at its best. Jones, WR Jordy Nelson, and WR Randall Cobb can all stretch the field and get huge gains, but now, for three straight games with three different backs, Green Bay has mustered a rusher get to at least 99 yards. It’s not as impressive as saying that a team has a 100-yard rusher, but RB Eddie Lacy came up 36 inches short of that 100-yard mark last week against the Lions. The defense is definitely back in the saddle this year, as it made life a living hell against QB Matthew Stafford and the Lions last week. But can that keep up against Baltimore? The last time this team came on the road, it scored 30 straight points and still lost to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Baltimore is quietly at 3-2 right now, and it won a huge game on the road last week against the Miami Dolphins to help put it in the thick of the playoff race for the foreseeable future. QB Joe Flacco and the offense haven’t been great though, and there are still a lot of holes that need to be filled. WR Torrey Smith has been playing without all of the other receivers that he is used to being lined up with. WR Anquan Boldin was the man last year, but he’s now with the San Francisco 49ers. WR Jacoby Jones was the man at the start of the season before he got hurt in Week 1, and WR Marlon Brown was the man that stepped in for him before he got hurt two weeks ago. Now, Flacco has his full set of receivers back, as both Jones and Brown seem to be ready to go once again. Getting RB Ray Rice going on the ground is going to be key. He had 27 carries last week in his first really high powered game of the year, but he is still averaging under three yards per carry, which won’t cut it as the season wears on.
This Green Bay team looks like it is set to go on a massive tear. The Packers are nasty, and they can score points in bunches. If their ground game and defense are working like they were last week, Rodgers might win this game by 30 on the road. This one feels a lot like last year’s game against the Houston Texans in primetime where the Pack ran away and hid from one of the best teams in the league.
Green Bay Packers @ Baltimore Ravens Pick: Green Bay Packers -2.5
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